Bob Ferguson grew up in a remote region of Canada without electricity or telephones. He spent evenings listening to an old battery-operated radio and dreaming of faraway places. Later in life he traveled extensively. His travels to the Bahamas form the basis for Buzzard Bay. The author and his wife currently live in Fiji, where Bob writes and his wife teaches. Their children and grandchildren live in Canada.
Thank you for this interview, Bob. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I grew up on a farm so I was alone a lot. This probably stimulated my imagination. Even when I was very young I had stories rolling around in my head but I couldn't make myself sit down long enough to write. Now I have more time and patience to put down on paper the stories about things I experienced in my travels.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
It's about the cocaine trade and how it affects the lives of a family who are not users nor do they buy or sell but are surrounded by people who do.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
Cocaine is more commonly sold around the world than commodities such gold. Unlike other commodities it is traded only in cash and is untraceable except for the devastation it leaves behind.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
This book covers the lives of people over a thirty year period so a timeline has to be kept in perspective. There are also a lot of characters that had to be kept track of.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
Was it the right choice for you?
There have been some problems but it is my first book so hopefully I will learn from my mistakes. I think if you want to get your book out there it's as good as any.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Press release, book signings and soon I will do a virtual tour and I have a publicist.
How is that going for you?
Probably too early to tell but I feel confident in my work and the people working with me.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I have personally sold over 140 books at two small book signings and have consigned books to book stores and am happy with sales.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I like to buy and sell antiques in my travels. Right now I have a full time job promoting my book.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
As a new author myself I will wait to see how well I do before giving advice.
What’s next for you?
I do have a sequel in the works but right now I'm concentrating on promoting my present work.
Thank you for this interview, Bob. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?