Interview with Robert Segarra

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York - specifically, Park Slope. My writing has definitely been influenced by the colorful people I knew growing up, as well as by my experiences there. A good number of the details in my stories draw from those experiences to a degree. So while many of these elements may seem a little crazy or far fetched, they're actually based on true events and somewhat on the individual people in my life - but they are disguised as composites, with perhaps a greater amount of my own imaginative devices thrown in as well. My projects are my "take" on what I witnessed growing up.
When did you first start writing?
I actually do not remember a time when I wasn't writing, that is, after I first learned how to write. I was always keeping journals and notes on things I did as a child, and things I saw and experienced. I don't know why I kept journals from an early age, but I did. Many of those journals are lost now, but they covered everything from observations regarding an ant farm that I kept, to the types of birds that would come to feed in my backyard, as well as any behavioral or unusual activity that they would exhibit.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the creative power I have over my projects as an Indie author. I have had material published through a few smaller publishing presses, but I was rarely satisfied with the editing that my writing had to undergo in order for them to be published according to their ideals. One humorous book that I wrote was basically stripped of that humor by an editor that didn't even understand my project. That turned out to be a colossal waste of time. I couldn't in good conscience help promote that book. I just waited for the contract to expire and I am now re-editing that particular book for a new release. It should be ready soon!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I receive is through the feedback that I get from readers of my material. I enjoy hearing about what others may take away from the material. Sometimes I'm surprised by a particular way that my material is interpreted, but almost always It's a pleasant surprise.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know that I would call people who read my books "fans." I see them more as "supporters" of what I do more than as fans, and as supporters they mean everything to me. For an indie writer, writing is often a thankless job. But when what you do is appreciated by those who read your material, it's the greatest feeling in the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I usually spend my time observing, absorbing, people watching, absorbing, reading, watching movies, watching television, listening to music, writing music, playing music, and then digesting. Every new idea springs from one before it, and I believe it is through reading and observation that most writers - or creative individuals get their inspiration.
How do you approach cover design?
Aside from my writing, I am also a musician and an artist. When I was first starting out writing for Zines, I would also do illustrations for my own short stories and poetry, as well as help illustrate some of the other short stories and poetry that would appear in the same issues with my material. Editors would often send me the writings of other contributors and ask if I could come with something to accompany them. I was more than happy to do so. And when I started doing my own longer works, coming up with a cover design just fell into place.
What inspired your long poem, Heaven?
Heaven came from a love of epic poetry, such as Beowulf, as well as from pieces such as Rime Of The Ancient Mariner by Coleridge. Lyrical poetry has always been a favorite of mine, and prose has also always been a favorite as well, and I believe pieces like Beowulf and other epic poems combine the best of lyrical poetry with the idea of telling a longer story - and together the impact on the reader can be greater in my opinion. Heaven is an allegory. It's a poem about more than just a man and a land named Heaven. It's the classic Camelot story - where an idea becomes reality - a perfect reality - perfect reality to be attained, and also how as humans, we always in time seem to ruin every good idea that we come up with.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess of notes, bits of paper with ideas or sketches, pens, pencils, pads, a computer, a telephone - in a word, my desk is chaos. But it is a controlled chaos that I understand. I can always find everything I need or anything that I may be looking for on my desk. Someone else would probably be intimidated by my desk. But to me it makes perfect sense.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Still Waiting For The Sun, which is actually not a new novel. It was written years ago and published through a mid-sized publisher. And while I was thrilled with that at the outset, I felt lost in the shuffle in the long run. I wanted to promote my book in a different way, and I was never really happy with the original cover design, and I felt I could do the book justice if I gave it a second chance, which is what that book is about. It's about an uninspired woman that receives a very unusual inheritance. In order to receive an inheritance from a beloved great-grandfather she must give up all that she has worked for in New York City and move down to North Carolina to take over a hotel that he had established that now means more to a number of individuals that live in it than Jane Whitley, my main character realizes. This hotel and this opportunity may just give her a new beginning at life, if only she can adapt to, and accept all that the inheritance and her new world has to offer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't sleep much at night, so it doesn't take much to get me out of bed. And I actually do some of my best work at night, when most other people are sleeping. It's a quiet time, and I am able to let my mind wander. I am forever writing down notes and ideas for my next project, and if anything, that is what inspires me to continue - though not necessarily to get out of bed each day!
Published 2017-01-09.
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Books by This Author

Million Dollar Harry
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,870. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Harry has finally hit the big time. For years he dreamed of winning a lottery jackpot, and now at last it seems his dream has come true. Harry could not be more miserable. His dilemma - his jackpot amounts to only one million dollars, and the minute he even considers spending a single dollar - that dollar that will no longer leave him a millionaire, Harry panics.
Short Poems, Long Poems, Old Poems, New Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Latest collection of poetry by Robert Segarra. These poems include pieces that have appeared in underground magazines and anthologies, as well as some poetry that has never before seen print.
Logan Prophet - A Christmas Mystery At Magpie Manor
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Max Prophet has a mystery on his hands - one that only his cousin, Logan Prophet, for a multitude of reasons, can solve. It seems that Max's family and pet dog have fallen under a mysterious spell of some kind, and Max is at a loss to what might be causing it. Follow Logan and Max as they experience this magical adventure. Can you solve the mystery before Logan does?
Still Waiting For The Sun
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,210. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Inheritances come in all shapes and sizes, and Jane Whitley is about to discover what hers is all about as she seeks out a "second chance" in life.
Heaven
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Classics
A poem in free verse and rhyme about a mythical man, and a mythical land named Heaven. A treat for lovers of Beowulf, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, and Le Morte D'Arthur...
Temporary Angels
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,500. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Self-realization
Do Angels exist? What do our dreams mean? What is a Temporary Angel? Is there an easier way to deal with the loss of a loved one? True life account of the author's experiences with the supernatural - with insights that attempt to answer some of these questions.
Ever Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Sometimes we take wrong turns in life, never realizing that there may be serious consequences. Pen Salesman Bernie Ward has made such a turn, and it has plunged him into a world of scorcery, magic spells and murder. His only way out revolves around a clan of mysterious backwoodsmen who have foreseen his arrival.
Gods & Werewolves
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,180. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Collection of stories dealing with premonitions, foretellings, fate and the supernatural.