Interview with Robert Frasco

When did you first start writing?
It feels like I've been writing since I learned how to write but if I had to pinpoint a time, I'd say it was during high school. High school is when you start to come into your own and really realize what you like, what you don't and some of your viewpoints become more shaped. For me, it's when I really started to tap into my thoughts and put them on paper. The more I wrote, the more I enjoyed the release but I also loved reading them back and have it feel like my words came to life in a poem.
What's the story behind your latest book?
heart(less) is poetry collection. It has two halves to it- basically the up and the down of a relationship or romantic life. It captures the thoughts, the feelings, the emotion, the hope, the regret, the ideas of what one may think or experience during a relationship. These poems are my thoughts and feelings during the good times and the bad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It wasn't until I talked to Esham Giles (look him up!) that I thought my book could become a reality. After seeing how elated Esham was after successfully releasing a few books of his own and talking to him about the process, I knew that this was something I absolutely wanted to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a form of expression. I love the creative process of it. Sometimes it feels like a game where I have to tap into these thoughts or feelings and find the best or most creative way to string them along in words. As any artist would tell you, the end result is not always the outcome desired but that creates the challenge- to do it better or more to your liking, the next time.
What are you working on next?
I've been working on painting. I thoroughly enjoy painting in a different way than writing. It taps into a whole other creative realm that can be just as gratifying. I've also toyed with the idea of putting together heart(less) volume too. But that is still some time away if I decide to do that. There's some other concepts I am thinking about that will also be a poetry collection.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There's a few reasons, but one of them is because I know people are counting on me. I am my biggest competitor and I am the one who has to face myself in the mirror every day and ask myself if I gave my best effort. If not, there's always tomorrow to do it better.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy doing things outdoors, whether it's walking, running, hiking, playing with my dog Buddy Luigi, or just hanging with friends. As I've mentioned before, painting is also a passion of mine. But I probably spend the most time at my day job!
What is your writing process?
It varies. Sometimes I enjoy being in the middle of a busy place but finding a quiet bench or park and just zoning everything out. Other times, it's just me, a cup of coffee and sitting in my car in a parking lot somewhere. I don't know why that works, but it does! Oftentimes, I let the thoughts and ideas build up, then spontaneously discover the time to get those thoughts out. Any specific "line" that I think of, I am usually quick to jot it down and will expand upon it later.
How do you approach cover design?
There's usually a general idea I have in regard to cover design. I like to create my own cover by way of painting so as I start to paint, the cover will start to take shape. As I paint, the idea may become more clear even though it may take a few different canvases to actually get the desired result.
Published 2014-07-31.
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Books by This Author

Heart(less): a poetry collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This poetry collection explores the feelings, thoughts and emotions of two sides of a relationship. The first half is titled "heart" and it encompasses the trajectory of positive emotion from new love to captured memories. The 2nd half, titled "less", is quite the opposite. This half will take you through the thoughts of a love slipped away and the acceptance of failure.