Hello, my Lovelies! It’s Monday so that means another author interview! Yeah! This weeks interview is with dark fantasy author Robert Cano. Robert is the author of The Dark Archer, The Suffering, and Shadow Cult. Let’s see what he has to say!
1. What inspired you to start writing?
My inspiration honestly came from a teacher I had in high school. If you would have told me then that I’d become a published author, I’d have laughed in your face. But I get this feeling that Mrs. Greenwood saw it. I can recall a moment when we had to write a poem based on a book we had read. We were limited to the size of the poem, something like less than 30 lines. I can recall finishing the assignment, sighing in relief that it was over, and then the sheer horror of turning it in, even though I hated it.
What I didn’t plan for was what came when she was handing our assignments back. She asked me if she could recite the poem in front of the class, and then asked if she could keep it. Naturally, I didn’t want anything to do with it, so I allowed her to keep it. Little did I realize that this would bring me to a love of poetry in short time. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. How long have you been writing?
20 years, give or take. I mean, my teachers throughout school always told me I was a gifted writer, but I never wrote anything for me. I never journaled or wrote poems or stories outside of school assignments, and I don’t count those.
3. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
You know… I wouldn’t say so. I write because I love it, but I can say I didn’t always love it, even if I was good at it. I think I may have fallen in love with writing earlier if I had been able to really pursue it at a younger age, but school has a way of killing the creative side of our students.
4. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Sometimes it’s just getting the time to sit down and get it done. With my wife and daughters, time is fleeting, and right now with COVID-19, I get very little time to myself. I have to put the girls to task on something and place the headphones over my ears. That’s really about the only way I can get anything done at the moment. But I don’t mind, really, I love having my girls around me. I may be an author, but I’m a father and husband first.
5. How do you balance writing and life in general?
I don’t know that I do, really. Something always gives. Usually, I have time while my wife is at work and the girls are at school, or with grandma or something. But right now, I have to really take time from the family in order to get anything done. It’s hard sometimes, but they understand and will often help me with it.
6. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have completed 4 and am working on the fifth one right now. Two are published (The Suffering and The Dark Archer), and one (The Shadow Cult) is coming soon. Another is a sci-fi novel that I’m fishing about to see if I get a bite from a publisher entitled A Mother’s Love. The one I’m working on right now is called The World Soul.
If I have to pick a favorite, as of right now, it would probably be The Dark Archer. Mostly because it is very much an homage to my life. From PTSD and depression, to hope and redemption, it weaves wonder into the darkness life might offer.
7. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
I think the most surprising thing always pertains to my characters. As I discover more of the story, I also discover more of my character’s histories. They have a way of surprising me often, especially when I begin to see their current choices and how they were informed by their pasts.
8. Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who and what makes them so special.
My favorite characters would be either Hel’ket or Feorin. For different reasons. Feorin is an honorable satyr, but his past haunts him as a former high ranking soldier in the army where he served his people. However, he left it all. Hel’ket, on the other hand, was a warrior who traded his sword in order to create a bridge between the various tribes of his people. Both desire peace, but approach it differently. I think that desire speaks to me on an internal level.
9. Can you share with us something about your current work in progress that isn’t in the blurb?
The World Soul crumbles beneath our feet. This is the third book in the trilogy which begins with The Dark Archer. In this book everything we thought we knew is turned on its head, and an old god finds a way to return to the world. Will our heroes be able to stop him before everything is destroyed? I don’t know yet.
10. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
My readers are invited to experience the ups and downs of my characters’ lives. The biggest thing that I hope they take away from these stories is that life is worth living, even in the darkest moments. After all, nothing is permanent, so we need to make the best of the time we are given. Even for those of us suffering from some form of mental illness.
11. Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
Yes I do. For this entire series I have listened to artists like Ferven, Michael FK, Phaura, and Sappheiros, just to name a few. These artists all make very atmospheric music without lyrics that my mind can get lost in while I write. It really helps my mind focus, especially given my ADD, through giving my brain something to funnel my focus through.
12. Do you have any more books planned?
Yes!!! After this trilogy is done, we will be moving from this continent to another one. This next trilogy I have planned is going to be tied in with the first trilogy, but will have its own arc. And then, finally, I have planned yet another trilogy that will be on yet another continent, but will also tie in the first two trilogies until we get to the epic conclusion! I’m very excited about this.
Outside of these, all set in the same world, I have my sci-fi series planned as well. It’s going to be a fun ride. Hope everyone is ready!
Thank you Robert for taking the time to do this interview with me. Oh if you are interested in learning more here is his social media!
Feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram @shadowyembrace
Or you can find his blog at www.shadowyembrace.com
Or join his Facebook reader group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/620898828753102