Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts: Interview

Glimpses author Hugh Roberts

Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts Shares His Story

Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts and my blogging friend, came in today to tell us about his life particularly about being an author.
Glimpses author Hugh Roberts
Glimpses Author, Hugh Roberts

Hi Hugh, I am so excited to have you here on Always Write. You write from your heart, and when you answer a comment, I feel like we communicate. One of the first things I read about you on your blog Hughs Views & News is that you struggle with a mild form of dyslexia. I never was tested, but I love to blame my typos and oodles of mistakes on that problem. You haven’t let it get the best of you, have you?

“Not at all,” Hugh answered

What is the ONE thing that you do, that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your successes, so far?

Glimpse Author Hugh Roberts
Hugh Roberts

Without a shadow of a doubt, Marsha, it has to be blogging. Yes, like you, many of my readers know I’m dyslexic. For a very long time, I allowed the condition to get in my way of wanting to write and become a published author. I managed to hide my dyslexia very well because, from the age of 18, I was always in full-time employment (apart from a short spell, which is another story that I hope to tell one day). My dream of publishing a book was born at the same time as me. It stayed with me and then, on February 12th, 2014, I discovered the world of blogging and published my first post.

I was hooked immediately and went on and participated in an online blogging course that WordPress ran for those new to blogging. One day, we were asked to write and publish a post about something which the rest of the class did not know about us. I picked up the courage to declare to the class that I was dyslexic. I hesitated a lot before pushing the ‘publish’ button and, when I finally did do it, I went out for a long walk and wondered if I did the right thing. When I came back, there were lots of comments on the post waiting for me. All of them said ‘well done’ or something very similar and that’s when I finally stopped allowing dyslexia get in my way of writing and publishing a book.

It took a long time for you to come face to face with this issue. But you set your mind to doing something and you dive right in and make learning your goal. I admire that in you, Hugh. It is wonderful when bloggers validate your efforts. That is what makes many of us try so much harder at blogging.

Glimpse Author Hugh Roberts
What could be wrong in Venice?

Can you walk us through how to be wrong?

There are lots of reasons I could give here, but the biggest thing I get wrong is not to believe in myself. We all suffer self-doubt. We wouldn’t be human, would we, if we never allowed self-doubt into our lives? However, there have been many occasions when I have allowed self-doubt to stay in my life for far longer than it should.
I’ve shouted and screamed at people when I have had self-doubt and learned that it doesn’t get me anywhere. When we get angry, we produce negativity and that, for me, only feeds our self-doubt even more and makes it stronger. I asked myself if those I was shouting and screaming at really wanted to see me like this. Is this how I’d want to see them if they were coming to me with the self-doubt I was having? No! I soon realised that I’d want them to sit down with me and talk to me calmly about what was going on. Having somebody listen to your problems does help, but not when you are screaming and shouting at them. 

It sounds like you learned that lesson the hard way, Hugh. It almost seems like blogging was something like the movie Anger Management for you. I probably should not even ask this next question because you say you have a lot of self-doubts. But it sounds like you have come such a long way. I can’t even imagine that other Hugh.

Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts
Hugh Roberts

Tell us about something that you do not do well.

I’m not good at Beta reading. I get asked to beta read a lot but have come to realise that although I’ve managed to stop letting being dyslexic from stopping me write, I’m not at all good when it comes to spotting mistakes in books and stories. I’m not an avid reader, which I know many writers and authors will frown upon, but I do read every now and again and enjoy the relaxation it brings. For me, you must have something very special to be an excellent beta reader and to be able to spot the mistakes or the things that don’t add up in a story. Some say that reading more books makes you a better beta reader, but I can vouch that it doesn’t work for everyone. For me, watching T.V. movies and going to the theatre help me with my writing.
I’m a terrible Beta reader, too. I love to read, but I miss details. I gloss through books. Now I cheat when I write my reviews and read other reviews before I start writing. Many times I realize that I missed a cogent point. Here’s a story that should sound like a familiar scene to you. I was a proof-reader for a very short period for Walter Drake, Inc. They printed custom Christmas cards. One day the supervisor called me into her office. 
“What does this say?” She did not look or sound happy.
I look at it carefully.

Brain

“Brian,” I answered.
“Look again.”
“Brian.” I answered again.

Nobody would sign his name Brain on purpose. So my “brian” reversed the letters and made it right. She changed my job that night.

Hahaha. OK, so you DO understand my problem. 

Yes, I think I understand, Hugh. But let’s skip forward a few steps. You’ve been blogging almost three years. You’ve written a book. You have hundreds of new friends. You get at least 65 comments on every post you write.

Glimpses Author Hugh RobertsIf your blog or career ended today, what would be the legacy that you left behind?

My short stories and the twists and turns contained in them. I’ve always been a big fan of T.V. shows like ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘The Outer Limits’, and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected.’ Rod Serling, who created and wrote many of the episodes in ‘The Twilight Zone’ is somebody I look up to and admire. I want to follow in his footsteps and produce stories that have the reader and viewer guessing all the way to the end; being led up the wrong path, and taking that sharp intake of breath when that twist at the end of the story is revealed.
I also like to think that my stories have readers in suspense. For this, I look at somebody like Alfred Hitchcock who, for me, is the master of suspense. I’d love to be able to jump into a time machine and go and visit Mr Hitchcock and try to persuade him to do a class on creating suspense in writing and movies. How cool would that be? My dream now is to have one (or more) of my short stories made into an episode of a T.V. show or even a movie. Yes, I’m already thinking Hollywood!
Wow, you dream bigger than I do. I’d love that for you, Hugh! Let’s go back in time to see where Glimpses author Hugh Roberts started to make this dream of writing a T.V. episode or movie.
Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts

What was your first job?

I was an Office Junior for a steel stockholding company. I helped out with any clerical jobs that needed doing, but the job also involved going on the mid-morning cake and Cornish pasty run and running errands for the Office Manager. In those days, there were no desktop computers and no mobile phones. Each desk had a typewriter, and changing the ink ribbon was one of the messiest jobs I had to do.
One of the secretaries in the office taught me how to type, but it was on a big machine known as a teletext that took up a whole small office of its own. I had to copy type what needed sending and then watched the machine come alive as it typed and sent what I had just written. I was amazed by what this machine could do and how, at the other end of the country, somebody was watching what I had just typed come through on their teletext. Those were the days where we worked to the strict hours of 9 to 5 and had a whole hour for lunch. All the work got done, and I’d never heard of ‘stress in the workplace’ or people working overtime/turning up early for work and not getting paid for it. We had time to relax and enjoy ourselves at the weekends, and everybody had time for you.
That sounds like a rather difficult task for someone with dyslexia, but you triumphed once more. I remember those hours for lunch. I never gave them up if I had a choice. I never minded working long hours, but I loved my dinner and socializing. Now I take most of my lunches with my computer and all of my friends on Always Write.
Hugh, thank you so much for stopping by today. Our visit was lovely. Sixteen hundred words flew by in no time at all. I hope you will come again. If not before, I want you to come when you publish your screenplay!
Thank you, Marsha. I’d love to come.

Hugh W. Roberts Bio

Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts is a first time published author, who lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

He gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dog, Toby. Although he was born in Wales, he has lived around different parts of the UK, including London where he lived for 27 years.

Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after he had discovered blogging, he decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ back in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes every day. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors, and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction blogging brings and has built up a group of on-line friends he considers as an everyday essential.

Glimpses author Hugh Roberts has now built up his first volume of short stories and is working on the next volume. A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing most evenings with a glass of red wine.

Hugh shares his life with John, his civil partner, and Toby, their Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

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38 thoughts on “Glimpses Author Hugh Roberts: Interview”

  1. Fabulous interview, Marsha and Hugh! It’s nice to know I’m not alone in the blogosphere with dyslexia. As a kid, I quickly learned to compensate and was fortunate enough to catch a lot of my mistakes in school before the nuns did. I’m constantly inverting letters and numbers, but now we have software programs to catch mistakes for us. And when you do make it to Hollywood, Hugh, others will be there to do the typing! Hugs to both of you ♥♥

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  2. Thanks so much for the interview, Marsha. It was great fun to do and I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity.
    Can’t work out how to share the post on my blog, other than via social media. No reblog or ‘press this’ button. Perhaps you can advise?

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    1. No press this? Hmmmm Then the only other thing would be to cut and paste part of it, write and intro and then put a link at the bottom to send them to my post. Bummer! I thought I had press. I thought everyone did. 😦

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        1. Awesome. That’s probably even better, Hugh. Admittedly, I don’t understand all things WordPress, but there’s always another way of doing things. That’s a good thing, and it keeps our minds going strong. 🙂

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  3. Thanks so much, Tina. I had no idea that you are also dyslexic. I agree, we have a lot more help these days. I do use some software programs but even they don’t seem to catch all the mistakes. Still, it’s better than having no help at all. ?
    I’m going to look at some diction software so as to try and get away from all the typing. I’ll let you know how it works out.
    Hugs to you, Tina.
    xx

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  4. Marsha, your interview of Hugh is outstanding! Very well done, and in-depth! Not surprising, Marsha, from what I know about you! Nice to get to know Hugh a little more, too! You two are the top 10 of my favorite bloggers–Marsha because you’re my Cali-girl and Hugh, just because 🙂

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  5. Fantastic interview my friends! Well done! It’s always a treat learning something new about Hugh! P,S. Marsha, sorry, WP still wouldn’t allow me to ‘like’ 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Olga. I feel honored to have the opportunity to interview Hugh. He is such a prolific blogger and writer. He takes the time to respond to everyone. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It is rare these days! 🙂

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