Gary Robinson, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Gary Robinson whose book The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid compelled and moved me with its poignant themes from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love books that involve a moving journey but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Gary, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Gary will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Gary Robinson.

GARY ROBINSON is a successful father of three and the best harmonica player since Little Walter recorded performances with Muddy Waters. He struggles learning the guitar and absolutely loves to listen to hair bands and sing out of key.

He has been commissioned by a higher power to share stories that are entertaining but convey messages of the purposeful life. The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid is his debut book. 

Now, how wonderful does Gary sound?! Gary is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Gary’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Gary, I hope that you enjoy Gary’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today Gary at Red Headed Book Lover! In your own words could you please tell us about your book and what inspired you to write the book

I read a review recently of the Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid that I would like to share with you. I truly believe this person described the book better than I can. She wrote the following:

“The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid was inspired from my friendship with a retired circus sideshow sword swallower.  The following are excepts from a recent review of my book:

“The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid is a novel that covers decades of time, and travels both North American coasts. The book opens with a scene with an older couple and their young grandson, the grandfather receiving some sad news. The remainder of the story is broken down into three parts that set the events that gave birth to that scene.

Part one introduces Duke Reynolds, the sword swallower. Duke is a member of a traveling circus as one of the sideshow attractions. In addition to sword swallowing and other daring acts, Duke is also heavily tattooed in a time when tattoos were largely worn by convicts and military. Diving into his vices, demons, and passions, the part covering Duke is the most detailed, and arguably the most poignant part of the tale.

The second part, aptly called The Destructive Path of a Chico Kid, introduces Gary. Gary is a young man moving from High School to college, trying to find his way in life, largely without success. From the more conventional self-destructive paths of fervent drug and alcohol abuse, to, thankfully, less common methods like hosting a party that results in the barbecue of a wooly mammoth, and making rent by allowing strangers to staple cash to his chest, Gary tried them all.

The book is wrapped up with the third part exploring the relationship of the two men, brought together by happenstance. By this point, Duke seems to have slain most of his dragons and serves as a most unorthodox life coach of sorts to Gary.

Duke is one of the most well developed characters I have experienced in a long while. His love for his fellow circus performers, and the circus as a whole, is nearly palpable. Duke is clearly someone who loves without reservation, a trait that probably contributes to the abuse of his vices. For all of his inadequacies: drug and alcohol abuse and impulsive and risky behavior, his love for, and protection of, those he cares about is most defining of him.

Duke is not an exception; the author did a fantastic job creating distinct and vibrant characters throughout the book. From the other circus performers like Wubby, a developmentally delayed adult, to Julian, one of the first people Gary meets when he arrived on his college campus, nearly everyone Robinson creates is memorable.

Another surprising aspect of The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid is the social commentary woven throughout the book. This was surprising not only in that it existed, but also that it was done in a manner that avoided sounding preachy.

Overall, this was an absolutely delightful tale. I will be on the lookout for other works by Gary Robinson as I am now sold on his ability to tell a great story.”

The story itself is based on many truths and was inspired by my friendship with Captain Don Leslie. The Capt. was a sword swallower and you can find excerpts of his life online. He was truly a wonderful soul and this was my attempt at honoring him.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Writing is a labor of love. Treat every word and every sentence with the idea that nothing is wasted. I would often leave my work unfinished and think of the sentence that best fits in my story. If you can read your work a dozen times and your book can still make you laugh, cry, or smile, chances are you have a story worth sharing.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

Can I open up any page or any chapter and find the book interesting? Do you see the picture from my words in your mind? Do you want to discuss my story?

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

I am working on the most wonderful story about a young man who attempts to discover himself through his adventures.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Gary! If you have liked what you have read about Gary and are interested in learning more about Gary and reading Gary’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Gary Robinson: Website – Facebook – Twitter


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