Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Blog Rob Tobin

Thanks to Roxanne for letting me hijack her wonderful blog as part my blog tour for my new urban fantasy eNovel “Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds.” Rox has always been extremely supportive of my writing, and helped me with a very successful blog tour for my last eNovel, “God Wars: Living with Angels.” Both novels are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, etc.
I tackle some extremely controversial issues in “Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds.” I do so intentionally, knowing that it may backfire on me. I’m a huge fan of Robert Heinlein’s seminal “Stranger in a Strange Land,” and I wanted to achieve a little of what that novel achieved: to encourage people to really look at who we are as a species and a civilization, and to walk away thinking of how we can do things differently.
It wasn’t easy, because I wanted to create an exciting, action-filled adventure, but wanted to use that entertaining story to say something that mattered more than just magic and battles. And I wanted to make sure that the action and violence did not overshadow or even negate the message of the piece, but I also wanted to make sure that the action and entertainment was enough to allow readers to “get” the message without feeling as if they were being preached at. It’s a fine line, one that Heinlein walked brilliantly. But, since I’m no Heinlein (I can hear it now: “I knew Robert Heinlein, Robert Heinlein was a friend of mine, and you, sir, are no Robert Heinlein.” With which, by the way, I totally agree), I knew I had to be extra careful.
What is so controversial about the novel? Well, let’s see… I talk about sex… a lot. Not because it’s soft porn, but because sexuality is at the heart of who we are as human beings. Our most important task, propagation of the species, is all about sex, so is the theory of natural selection, biology, genetics, etc. More importantly, sex is at the heart of psychology and psychiatry and sociology. And, even more than talking about sex, I talk, as Heinlein did, about “free love,” advocating it, relishing it, reveling in it, and using it to convey the most important principle in the book: love is the recognition of God.
It certainly harks back to Heinlein’s most famous line: “Thou Art God,” but perhaps takes it a step further. What do you call that process of recognizing God in others, recognizing that “thou art God?” Love. And I use that as a springboard for everything else of substance in the book. If love is the recognition of God in ourselves and others, then what of war? Murder? Hate? Racism? Sexism? Oppression? Simple: all of those are the failure to recognize God. I go even one step further: denying God in others is denying God in ourselves, because there is only one God, and we can’t deny that one God anywhere and not deny Her everywhere.
Heady stuff, but don’t worry, it’s all wrapped in a tasty sandwich of sex, action, comedy and drama that will pull you in before you even realize that the book is also dealing with this other “stuff.”
Rob Tobin is a produced screenwriter, published novelist ("Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds" and "God Wars: Living with Angels", available on Amazon.com and iBookshelf), author of two screenwriting books ("The Screenwriting Formula" and "How to Write High Structure, High Concept Movies" available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Google, etc.), a former motion picture development executive and book editor, graduate of USC's prestigious Master of Professional Writing program, husband, father, Canadian, and lives an extraordinarily happy life in Southern California. He is available for writing assignments at scripts@earthlink.net. Visit his website at robtobinwriting.com.

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Jo-Bri And the Two Worlds

By Rob Tobin


A teen wizard from a sword-and-sorcery world is chased by an evil sorcerer into modern day Montana. There he learns about sex, love, rock and roll, and the stress of trying to save two worlds from total destruction during summer break.

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"Jo-Bri" follows in the tradition of entertaining social statement SFF novels like "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Left Hand of Darkness," but with the modern, fast-paced feel of urban fantasies like "Twilight" and "Jumper."

Author Bio:

Rob Tobin is an award-winning, produced screenwriter with his latest film shortlisted for a 2012 Best Picture Oscar, a published novelist, and former motion picture development executive. Rob was brought up and worked the gold mines in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, Shania Twain's hometown. He now lives in beautiful Huntington Beach, California with his lovely wife Leslie and goofy brown dog.

Feel free to visit Rob at his website: Robtobinwriting.com

1 comment:

Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thanks Rob, it's always a pleasure to have you here.