David Myles Robinson
When Honolulu’s flamboyant and quirky attorney, Pancho McMartin,
agrees to step out of his normal role as a criminal defense lawyer, he
thinks it will be a challenging but welcome change from his daily dose
of criminal clients. His old friend and father-figure, Manny Delacruz,
has beseeched Pancho to handle a medical malpractice claim against the
physicians who botched what should have been a routine surgery, but
which resulted in Manny’s beloved wife being in a permanent vegetative
state. The case looks good, the damages enormous, but when Manny is
arrested for the murder of one of the doctors, Pancho finds himself back
in his old role. If Manny is convicted, it means he won’t be able to be
at his wife’s bedside to hold her hand, caress her face, and read his
poems to her. He will have lost his reason to live. The pressure on
Pancho is enormous. While he and his team try to make sense out of one
of the most sinister and complicated murder schemes he’s ever seen, the
medical malpractice case chugs forward, in jeopardy of being worthless
should Manny be convicted.
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What initially got you interested in writing?
I first started writing short stories and poems when I was in the 7th grade. I worked on the school paper in high school and became the editor-in-chief. In college I took some creative writing classes and also worked as a staff reporter for a minority newspaper in Pasadena, CA. Once I became an attorney, I was too busy to devote too much time to writing, although I did complete a novel about 25 years ago. It wasn’t very good, although the plot was eventually the basis for my published novel, Tropical Lies. I’ve always loved writing, so it was a natural for me to write again as I began to wind down my law practice.
What genres do you write in?
I have three published legal thrillers, all based in Honolulu with the same criminal defense protagonist. I like to try to intersperse those novels with non-legal related stories, which are in the suspense/thriller categories.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
One of the most common pieces of advice beginning writers hear is “write what you know,” so legal thrillers was a natural for me. My first published novel, however, was a golf-related suspense novel, Unplayable Lie, which was also a natural as golf is one of my passions.
I tend not to wax poetic when I’m writing, so I leave the true literary achievements to those who have a gift for that. Perhaps it’s my legal training, but I tend to be a very linear thinker, which is good for just telling a plain ol’ good story.
How did you break into the field?
After searching for an agent for my first novel, I eventually began to make submissions to small publishing houses. A boutique traditional publisher in Florida agreed to read my manuscript, loved it, and published it.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
First and foremost, I want them to be engaged in the story and characters. Beyond that, my goals are generally modest. There is almost always something to learn from legal thrillers, whether it is learning more about America’s judicial system or about the individuals on both sides of the law. One of my novels, The Pinochet Plot, is unabashedly political, but is also a fun and exciting story.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
It is always rewarding to complete a novel, but of course the most rewarding thing is for a particular novel to be enjoyed by the readers.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Thinking of and then fleshing out a story line. Once I have a good idea about that, the writing is fairly easy for me.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Avail yourself of the many excellent books about writing fiction; read books in your intended genre; and then just write and keep writing.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I’m very eclectic in my tastes, although once I began writing suspense novels I tend to read more in that genre so as to keep learning. But I will often go back to the classics like Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, and Vonnegut.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I was a trial attorney in Honolulu for 38 years. I met my wife, Marcia, in law school in San Francisco and we moved to Hawaii to be close to my ailing mother. Marcia ultimately became a trial judge in Honolulu. We now live in Taos, NM where we can enjoy golfing, skiing, hiking, and long road trips. We have travelled to all seven continents and I have a published travel memoir, Conga Line on the Amazon, which relates some of our great travel adventures.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
My website is davidmylesrobinson.com which I try to keep updated as to current works. I also write intermittent blogs at the site. My Facebook author page is David Myles Robinson. Please feel free to contact me directly through the website or my author email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.
years before retiring to the mountains of New Mexico, where he lives
with his wife, a former Honolulu trial judge. In the days of yore,
before becoming a lawyer, he was a freelance journalist and a staff
reporter for a minority newspaper in Pasadena, CA. He is an
award-winning author of six novels, three of which are Pancho McMartin
legal thrillers set in Honolulu.Having traveled to all seven continents, he has also published a
travel memoir entitled CONGA LINE ON THE AMAZON, which includes two
Solas Traveler’s Tales award winners.He says he includes his middle name, Myles, in his authorial
appellation because there are far too many other David Robinson’s
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