Bestselling Author Cliff Roberts – “Writing Your Way To The Top Isn’t Hard!”
“Reprisal! The Sorrow,” the book cover says.
This is Cliff Roberts — a talkative guy in a pair of slacks with a manuscript in in his hand.
“I just gave up cigarettes and wrote better than I ever believed I could have,” he says, sitting in his office. Sales awards litter the walls.
This is Roberts — Clifford Ezekiel Roberts from Dearborn, Michigan, where he almost became a life-long politician instead of one of the most popular Indie thriller authors of the year. His success grew quickly simply because he has both adult and juvenile appeal.
The Kindle-after-dark sets dig him the most.
Republican hearts turn misty when they read his books. Democratic eyes take on a far-away stare.
Like his peers in the thriller business– Roberts is a man with a story on his mind every single minute of the day. The trade is saying that if Cussler had Roberts self-assurance, he could be another Cliff Roberts.
This is Roberts, with the two personalities, telling me he has “a desire to be the biggest writer in the world because his stories can’t be held back.”
He said, “There are two Robertses — the one the public sees, and the poor boy from Dearborn who wants to make enough dough to eat.
“Roberts is me in this room where I worry about the next book for weeks. Roberts is also the guy who goes out there and moves books. The struggle is between Roberts and Roberts.
“Some night I’ll probably write something I will feel confident with from it’s moment of conception.
“The struggle is to match a book with it’s audience. I have to struggle to bring Roberts home and write the smash hits he’s capable of.”
Roberts is controversial — and as self-assured as an bomb.
“How do I feel about publicity?” he asked me with a serious look on his face, and then answered, “I love it.”
He continued, ”I guess I’m controversial because I say what I feel. I can’t tell anyone I don’t worry about the threat of terrorism. I do and I worry that we are all in danger. I get into trouble because am too vocal about my beliefs at times. My PR guy hides his face.