Robert Eringer | Motional Blur | Author Interview

Robert Eringer talks about how road trips open your mind and spirit, and encourages people to be more adventurous when on a trip. Robert says that there is no crisis that can’t be solved with a martini and a cigar, and talks about how we can all learn lessons from each other, no matter what our socio-economic status. Katerina Cozias interviews.

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Born in 1954, Robert Eringer grew up in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and London, England. In early 1974, Eringer created Tricky Dick’s Coffee House at 515 Finchley Road in Hampstead, North London, which he ran intermittently for four years while juggling college.

Motional Blur tells the story of a disaffected surfer, Luke Andersen, who drives for a black car service part-time. When he’s summoned for a fare involving a five-and-a-half hour ride from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas, this obligation ruins his birthday plans, even though he tries to refuse but doesn’t succeed.

When they reach Vegas, his mysterious fare, Charles Gearhart, a man in his mid-60s, tells Luke to keep going. What should have been a day drive becomes a seemingly meandering trip through the western United States, with Gearhart directing Luke through Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

Luke repeatedly tries to beg off, but can’t. The deeper he gets into this journey, the more intrigued he becomes by his passenger, who constantly imparts wisdom to help his wayward driver grow up.

Theirs is a journey in search of answers. And, in the novel’s stunning conclusion, they find them.

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