Name Robert Lee Niwander Aka Plot121
Where are you from
I was born in Salt Lake Utah Grew up in Oregon Now Reside in South Carolina
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I had Health issues most of my life from Heart surgery at three pacemaker 14. Graduated at Corbett High School and Springdale Job Corp as an advanced Completer of Culinary Arts. From then stayed in Sales, and Cooking until I was put on disability 5 years ago. Now I am a poet of opinion writing on just about everything.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Currently I am looking forward to having two books of poems out soon. I am remarketing my first book called See The World, and Many Facets Of Love coming out by mid March. I am working on Evil Within and the Contrast Saga a Three Book series on opposites.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess when I saw someone react in an emotional manner. It was that reaction to my work that made me proceed to write on a professional level. I felt if I could make another person react so strongly to my words why not do it, for a living.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Other than pure determination and to prove my father and other nay-sayers wrong. My mother and a school Teach by the name of Marianne Kruse. Both gave me a great deal of confidence in myself. As well as my brother who gave me my first Thesaurus at a early age. People like that spurred me to write my first book and continue my work.
Fiaona: Do you have a specific style?
Yes I do. I always rhyme the first middle and last word of each sentence. It has been a calling card of my work from the beginning and works to me a good formula for me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I went back and forth on Come See The World Through My Eyes to just See The World. Which end in the, was a great deal smaller. So I went with the ladder.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, through out there are messages, in the piece. Some are easy to see others take more effort. But yes, They are layered within the poems, titles. I guess that is all the hints I have for you.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I tried to make it close to real as I saw it.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I based my first book on how I viewed the world through my Eyes. How I saw things although it may differ from others it was generally my opinion of things.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Great Expectations by Charles Dicksons, The Outsiders By SE Hilten and Faust By Gothe. Tell Tale Heart by Poe.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That is really hard to say. There are so many great Authors one can draw inspiration from. Every one of them can stand on their own. But to mimic one limits ones, self in the end. I to be far I would have to say there is no one Author or Poet to draw from. The best of us can take lessons from every walk of life every person I meet can draw shades of inspiration if we only heed the lessons they offer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Paradise Lost By Milton, It is the Story of how Lucifer was Kicked out of Heaven for not bowing to Man. Focusing on contempt for man and the pain of having God Loving the man before angles.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes but these Authors and poets are everywhere on the net. They huddle together in communities around the world. Hoping that they get that big break. Some fall into nothingness because life just does not offer them a chance. In my life there is nothing given to you. You pay for your opportunity,. In sweat and tears, pouring over your goal like a mad man hordes gold. We have thrown away too much time worring about what the Publishers think is good If you want it you must be a student of the art find
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am a book called Evil Within then finishing the Contrast Saga. That should hold me over to a couple months. The after working on an animal poetry book. Maybe Erotica as well so something is always on the back burner.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I got two people Marianne Kruse, my old High school Drama and English teacher, and Jay Jenkins my Basket ball Coach from back in school. Both we most helpful in some hard times and Jay still gives me words of praise and pushes me to excel to the next level. Thanks you been a voice of inspiration when darkness surrounds my life. Last but not least I want to that Beverly Cialone. She has been a great person to work with and a fantastic Author. To one that has helped me the passed 4.75 years. And the one I plan to grow old with. Thank hon for being there.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I once coined the phrase I am a salesman by trade a poet at heart. I think I would do well to have both be one in the same. A salesman poet that can sell anything that he deems fit to write about I guess that my lasting ambition.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I doubt it. I poured over 15 years of poems 100’s of pieces. I think for that time in my life it was a great depiction of the road I took to get here. Although it maybe weak because I was green in some areas it shows me as raw as I can be and give a correct picture of who I was. In the end I hope you want to see the man I am and what work I will put out in the future.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Believe it or not yes, I was always a small kid with a big mouth. So I was not the most beloved student in school. My writing stemmed out of a coping skill. It was a place I could vent all my anger and hurt. On paper alone sometimes by a lone candle light writing the hate away. That’s how I started and some how I got here.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure I can. This is one poem from See Our World
Sisters Of Fate
Enslaved to the Gods to do this one thing,
to spool every life to its own string.
Three sisters meant to weave life and death from woman or man,
all taking one quality of life to spin their plan.
One to the heart where all courage resides,
the other to the soul where faith often hides.
Still the other has the mind to create,
thus three qualities woven to fit their fate.
A stranger may come by just to see what is life’s will,
but if the fool comes too close it will be him we kill.
Life so delicate it could be cut with in a blink of an eye,
and there you will be rotting and left to die.
The Gods seem immortal but they will fall just like you,
for we are sworn to tell what is really true.
Three sisters weaving the tapestry of all mankind far and near,
knowing of their loves and driving fear.
Each with the wisdom to help anyone that will dare to ask what will I be,
each knowing the other’s life and what they shall see.
So come closer if you dare to see in the faces of your true fate,
for are you bolder than what they create.
Take a big swallow and walk if you feel the need,
but remember if you are not quick it is your flesh you will feed.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
In the act of writing no. Still dealing with others that are kindred spirits as myself is vexing to say the least. There is so many people out there ready to rip us off or make promises that never manifest that its hard to trust anyone at their word. Then there is Egos, that a big let down. Instead of learning from each other it is hard to see Poets and Authors insult or just act like fools because they want to horde the spot light. We all have talents and can learn from one another and the more we treat each other with respect and understanding I think the more we can be better writers in the end. Maybe even have the ability to change things that need changed. Still that takes some time. I just hope I am alive to see it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I loved Dante’s Inferno the visuals alone and images were great. The whole flow of his work is almost mind boggling. If I had to pick one that would be it. I enjoyed the whole concept of the piece and hope that I can be just as detailed and make the reader almost live the story. Just as He did with that.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No but I would like to take secondary classes and learn more about the world to get a greater understanding of it all. Drawing from a large pool of people and information is a great way to explore every avenue for who knows what you could come across in the end.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My Publisher does for the most part, but in the group I belong to I know quite a few artists that wish to give me ideas about things of that matter. I am willing to give anyone a chance if I feel a good connection to the piece then hey they get it.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
To tell the truth, it was the fact of having faith in myself. Believing that I was good enough. After years of being told this was vision was not meant for me or it was a pipe dream of a foolish child. Years of constant bad programming lead me to years of thinking I was not worthy of this feat. It stunted my growth more then I could count. It was only after my mom’s passing. Dying of cancer that I pulled my head out of my behind to act upon my life’s mission to become a writer. That was the trigger that lead me being here.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Never give up. And always have faith in yourself no matter what. You may have to walk the road alone you may have nothing to eat. You may even no place to live but things fall into place and opportunities do present themselves learn from your mistakes and don’t do them again be open to change and wait for your chance.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read others work, and the masters like Poe and Dante and Twain even Shakespeher. They all have great lessons to teach read in poetry communities. Comment on others work get familiar with others and find your own voice. That you will see the best come out of you. become a student and teacher in life ponder over the big questions let your mind be open to everything and know that you can do this don’t let anyone tell you no. If they do leave them in the dust you have other things to worry about then their close mindedness.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
First of all thank you for reading through my views, I you are still awake after all this but if you are Thank you for giving me just this small block of time to get to know me and my work I am humbly grateful without you my work would find no home. Thanks.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I like to cook watch Wrestling and I am an avid movie watcher
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching ?
I love Corbert and John Stewart The Report and Daily Show. I watched all of Breaking Bad and Coven and now watching Dexter, and Sons Of Anaracey. Don’t go in for bubble gum chewing TV. Let the young ones deal with that.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love sea food and pasta lasagna and Pizza For colors I adore red and black
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sales always sale, I do what brought me joy and cash. Do what brings you to the dance LOL!!!!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Link to See Our World http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJPOQV2