We asked Rob three questions:
What are you working on?
I'm working on a new novel—by far my most complex. I've tended to work in first (or second) person. This is a narrative covering nearly 50 years with five or six POV. It's a challenge, but I'm starting to enjoy working on it.
What is your greatest challenge creatively?
I used to think that every book should be better than the one before it. But I was wrong. I think now my greatest challenge is always trying to do something I've never done before. I also have become more complex with structure over time…so I want it to feel different than most books, while retaining its accessibility and entertainment for the reader. To still make it a form of a page turner as I can.
What one tip do you have for writers?
Don't let rejection get you too down. There's a period of feeling sorry for myself I'll allow. But no more than a few days. If I can hold myself to that, I'm better off. It's not a fair business. It's not always just. It's not a meritocracy. But keep doing it anyway. It's the most enriching life I know.
Hollyridge was delighted to publish his novel, Drive, one the great basketball novels, a dark, funny, compassionate work from a writer who has been called “the laureate of any marginalized demographic, a professor of the articulately disenfranchised.” It’ll draw you into what it means to be alive.