Welcome to Sharkbait Writes!


Thank you for surfing onto the online realm of Sharkbait Writes! Set your surf board over in the visitors center, kick off your shoes, and enjoy your stay.

This is the official author site of Robert “Sharky” Pruneda where he posts various blogs, reviews, and news about his writing projects, including the popular Devil’s Nightmare horror novels, and the quirky Chumming with Sharky™ interviews.

Robert enjoys reading your comments, so please feel free to share your thoughts about any of the blog posts, his books, or the site in general. Simply fill out the form provided at the end of each post or click on the comment counter on the upper right of each article.  You can also contact him via e-mail HERE.

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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!


  1. P.mattern says:

    I officially forgive you for being a texan…and “sorry not sorry” your team got beat;)))

  2. Ruth says:

    I loved the Devil’s Nightmare. I tried to read it all in one sitting, but got too sleepy, so finished it tonight. It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time that kept me interested from the very beginning.

  3. Tammy says:

    Love,love,love the Devils Nightmare books just finished premonitions. Please tell me your working on a third!!!!!!!!keep them coming

    • I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed the first two books in the Devil’s Nightmare series. Premonitions was certainly a difficult one for me to write. I am pleased to let you know that there is in fact another book coming. I don’t have an exact date yet, but expect it sometime next year. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at http://bit.ly/SharkyNewsletter for future news about my upcoming releases. Thank you for reading Devil’s Nightmare!


      Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

  4. I just read your five tips and I don’t know if I’m more inspired, frightened, or both. I’m working on my first novel. I started, 5 years ago, put it down about 3/4 of the way through, and now I’m re-writing it. I had to change the tense, the perspective, of the writing in order to get to the real “meat” of the story. I can only hope I’m not still writing five years from now. Thanks, again, for the GREAT tips. The toughest one (for me) is treating my writing as a business because I haven’t been able to convince my family, yet. I wish you much success on your new book!

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Danette. Congrats on working on your first novel. Whatever you do, don’t quit, and don’t let anyone discourage you. When you are first starting out, most people won’t take your dream of becoming an author seriously. It just goes with the territory. We’ve all been there. My advice is don’t try to convince your family or friends. The most important person you need to convince is yourself. Chew on that for a bit. That’s where connecting with other authors helps. Just keep writing.

  5. Jeannie Walker says:

    Oh, by-the-way..just signed up on your site and loved the trailer. Makes you HALF to haveit!

  6. Jeannie Walker says:

    I can’t find it on Amazon in harcover format. :( I ONLY buy hardcovers. So dissapointed

  7. Jeannie Walker says:

    I’m VERY ecited about the new book coming out in October. ..devils nightmare, premonitions can’t. Wait. Hope to find it first in hardcover :)))

    • I plan to publish Premonitions (Book 2 of Devil’s Nightmare) for Kindle first and then paperback shortly thereafter. I am looking at options for hardcover editions of my books, though, since I also personally want them. The process for publishing in hardcover format is a bit more complicated than eBook/paperback. With that said, it will happen. :-)

      Thank you for your interest.

      Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

  8. marjma2014 says:

    Love the surf boarding imagery and your site name. Very original!

  9. Lisa says:

    Just finished “Devil’s Nightmare” and loved it! Could hardly put it down. Highly recommended!

  10. murphy says:


  11. Patinspire says:

    Hi Rob,
    Awesome page and great blog! Love the fish, so unique!

  12. limseeyee says:

    And how to put the fish photo? It looks cute!!!

  13. limseeyee says:

    Mind following me? =)

  14. JP McLean says:

    Hi Rob,
    Just checked out your trailer for Devil’s Nightmare – it sets a great mood. A trailer is on my to-do list and I can only hope it turns out as well as yours. Love the fish.

  15. Damni it! I want to eat the fishies!!!!

    Right now, I am one very frustranted girl! Hmph!

    Oh, and hello, from a new Texan!

    My Daddy Kiril moved us to Houston last Sept. :-D

  16. Lee says:

    PS i fed the fish!

  17. Lee says:

    hi Rob, I am reading Pursuit of a Dream…I am sucked in andd cant wait to finish it…but at halfway through, can I offer a constructive criticism? I am enjoying the story, so please take this positively…it is way too detail oriented. i cant give you many specifics, but i feel the story could use less focus on Jim and more on Caleb. I’m in the middle of an online certification program, and i look forward to doing some reading to decompress, so i might just be a little b”%*&y but it seems like it’s taking a long time to get to the ‘lesson’ of the story. Even if I weren’t a NASCAR fan, I would have the same response. Maybe being a NASCAR fan is part of my frustration with the story. Take that into consideration as you pursue the series.


    • I love constructive criticism, Lee, and I appreciate your feedback. I agree that Pursuit of a Dream is a bit on the long-winded side. I plan on making Book 2 much shorter. I’d love to hear more of what you think. Considering you are a NASCAR fan, you may catch some discrepancies as there are some areas that I did fictionalize, particularly with Caleb’s progression. It was actually part of the fun of writing Pursuit of a Dream. :-) I hope you enjoy the rest of the story and I wish you the best on your certification.

      You can shoot me an email at SharkbaitWrites (at) gmail (dot) com if you’d like to offer any other feedback.



  18. New book sounds great. Perhaps a little fish-food button? I did feed them. They still look famished.All the best to you in 2013.

  19. Albert Hewett says:

    Hey Sharky, Don’t you ever feed the fish. They were certainly hungry. Anyway, Do you read all these books or are you just helping some author? How is the weather in your region? Not very wet in my region. You have a great website. You don’t post very often.

    • Hey, neighbor! Thanks for feeding the hungry little piranhas. I have a hard enough time keeping up with feeding my real fish . . . which reminds me. I guess I should answer your questions here since we have gotten sucked into the whole online social media thing, even though we live right across the street from each other. :-)

      Typically I am currently reading or have read the books that are advertised on my site. I help cross promote as a no-strings attached favor to my friends in the writing community. I’m currently reading Blood Skies by Steven Montano.

      How’s the weather in my region? Look out the window, my friend. Oh, and it’s funny how you stated that your region isn’t very wet when we received a bit of rain today . . . unless that was just falling on my yard.

      Thanks for stopping by my site, Albert, and I appreciate the compliments. You are right; I haven’t updated it lately mainly because I’ve been too busy with work and editing my next novel, which I plan to publish sometime next month, first as an eBook and then later in print.

      Talk to you later my friend . . . maybe even in person for a change. :-)

  20. NC Pendergast says:

    Cute fishes! (Sorry, that was totally off-topic. ;) )

  21. Love the name and all of the connotations.

    • Thanks for visiting, Tami! I’m thinking I should put on the “Bruce the Shark” avatar every once in a while for my main Twitter Account @SharkbaitWrites (since I don’t use @WWSharkbaitWW much anymore). I’ll definitely be doing that on Halloween, though. vV””Vv :-)

  22. lornalondon says:

    Hi, Rob! Just wanted to thank you again for the kind words about my interview with Lorna Suzuki. Wishing you all the best with The Devil’s Nightmare!

    • You’re welcome, Lorna. I always enjoy reading author interviews, particularly of those within my circle of writerly friends. Thanks for the encouragement regarding my current project The Devil’s Nightmare. I’m having a blast writing it and I think it’s coming along nicely. Cheers!

  23. I thank you for following my books blog.

    If you are interested in reading a new novel, one that circles around vampires, werewolves, murder and a prophecy, please consider checking out ‘Hyblood: First Book of the Wolva Trilogy’ on Amazon.com. It’s available in eBook and paperback form.

    Thank you again!

  24. Really enjoy your writing and your tweets Rob, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Dave. It always puts a smile on my face when I read comments like that. I’m glad you enjoy my writing and tweets. While some people like to stick to a theme on their blogs, I like to mix it up a bit. Cheers!

  25. Albert Hewett says:

    This guy lives across the street of me. When we first met, the introduction was not all that pleasant. No foul words, just did not hit it off too good. As time prevailed, for some reason I don’t remember, we spoke on good terms to one another. Sharky introduced me to his Dad and then to his Mom. Time prevailed again and we started playing war games together. This was in the ancient times when a game could be played over the telephone. He gave me his other half of the game (game of to disks) to use on my computer and we played countless times on this one game. For him not to brag too much, but I never won one of those games. I gave him doubts at times that I was going to win, but never did I win. We have become quite tight in our friendship and I’m glad of it. We now play at times at his house over different pc’s he has and I still cannot beat him playing that game. Because of that, I refuse to challenge him. Instead we gain up and play the computer with two enemies and he ends by whipping his side and I’m still struggling with mine. To end the game quicker, he sends help to me to beat the enemy. As time would be, our scheduals would differ and we haven’t played in close to a year. Friendship is still tight, though.

    • Thanks for the great memories of how we became friends, Albert. It was Hurricane Claudette that sparked our friendship. Without any electricity, we started playing chess together on the front porch. It’s amazing how it sometimes takes a force of nature to get neighbors outside and talking to each other. (Side note: Playing chess with someone who prefers checkers makes for an interesting opponent.)

      Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars. That was the game we started playing together on our old computers with a dial-up modem, which also tied up our phone lines with a busy signal (oh, those were the times). When we eventually upgraded to Command & Conquer: Generals and had our LAN party (hooking up my PC and laptop) history was made. That’s when we became “General Thunder” and “General Lightning”. I’m glad you posted about these gaming times because I miss having our “war games”. We’ll definitely have to hook up again soon and hit the RTS (Real-time Strategy) battlefield. A.I. generals be afraid… be VERY afraid.

      Cheers, my friend!

  26. danniehill says:

    Okay, sharky. You can do it all! I’m really impressed and envious. In truth I wish you the best of luck with your writing and may you sell many books!

  27. You know I love everything about you! Thanks for your support.

  28. The site looks great!

  29. Love your site Sharky, I am looking forward to more, especially the post about your work! See you for a malt..

  30. Karen DeLabar says:

    Love the site, Sharky! I look forward to your posts :) Thanks for including me on your blogroll – you’re awesome!

  31. Great job, Sharky. Thank you for putting me on your blog roll. I have subscribed to your feed and will now commence with the online stalking.

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