“Write what you know,” the voice said. Writer Bob Mueller is still trying to figure out where the voice came from.
When you get right down to it, Bob tells stories about emotions. He finds them in his own experiences as a divorced father and family member of a sex abuse survivor, and from the people he meets. He puts himself in someone else’s shoes, and teases out their feelings. Then he blends that with bits and pieces of history and experience he’s absorbed in life, and crafts a story that might have been inspired by a song, or a news article. But it’s about emotions in the end.
Born in north Texas and raised in southeastern Ohio, Bob has always been interested in the story. He was drawn more by the individual tales of terror and bravery in historical war accounts than the strategy that brought opposing forces together.
After a variety of jobs in Central Ohio that never seemed to satisfy the itch he didn’t understand, Bob, his wife, and their seven kids travelled the United States for seven months in a RV, an adventure that led them on a rambling path from central Ohio to Green Country, Oklahoma.
Now Bob scratches that itch by writing the stories he finds in songs, or by reading a news story and wondering, “What if it happened this way instead?” He’s a member of Tulsa NightWriters and Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, a father of eight, and a pastor’s husband. His books are available at your favorite online retailer.
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