AUTHOR INTERVIEW 22

Robert Larue Horton

United States

Age 49


Robert Horton was born and raised in Springfield Illinois. During his childhood, he was inspired to write poetry by his older brother Fred, who also loved to write poetry. His passion for the art of poetry continued throughout his adolescence and into his adult life. Poetry has always been a way for Robert to express his inner most thoughts and feelings. Robert endeavors to write poetry in ways that will inspire, motivate, encourage, and uplift people. Many have been blessed by the gift that God has given him.
Robert has successfully authored three books of poetry titled, Released: Inspired Poetic Messages (2015), Miscellaneous Pieces (2017), and FAME (2020). He is currently working on his forthcoming book of poetry titled, Black Rage and The Universal Revolution. Robert has had the opportunity to share his poetry in churches, where he has been a guest speaker, and has had the pleasure of attending book fairs and other community outlets. Robert has been blessed to have his poetry books in the Springfield public library as well as the Illinois State library.
Robert received an Associate’s degree in elementary education from Lincoln Land Community College in 2004 and has worked in the Springfield Public Schools.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois Springfield in 2012. Robert is a devout family man and has been married to his wife Deann for 26 years. Together they have raised five children of which 4 are now grown. Robert also has other creative projects in the works which include an upcoming children’s book and a novel.
 
A Better Me ____ x.
“Take the evil out the people they’ll be acting right.”
-Tupac
My goal is to be a better me,
And use my talents for the good
To be a light for the world to see,
Even when I’m misunderstood.
Blessing others is a natural high,
I live to see that beautiful smile
Seeing needs unmet makes me cry,
Those who care go that extra mile.
Earth is the only home we got,
Let’s take better care of where we live
Let’s close the gap between the haves and haves not,
More is what we need to give.
Let’s come together to heal our nation,
Can you imagine heaven on earth
Let’s leave a legacy of love for the next generation,
This is living for all it’s worth.
“Lord help me to become a better me that I might offer
something meaningful to the world.”

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?

Robert Horton: Native son by Richard Wright.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?

Robert Horton: I try to be as real as I can with myself and with the things that I write. I feel that if I’m being as real then my readers will be able to relate to what I have to say.

Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Robert Horton: A dove or a caterpillar.

Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?

Robert Horton: The Black Family.

Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

Robert Horton: Eight.

Romelia: HOW DOES LITERARY SUCCES LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

Robert Horton: Selling a million copies of my book FAME and having my novel (children’s book made into a movie).

Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?

Robert Horton: Facebook and word of mouth.

Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?

Robert Horton: It varies. But I like to read everything that I can get my hands on and listen to different kinds of music and then process (meditate) on what I’ve read and heard, and then when the thoughts come and when it’s time to write I go into a poetic zone.

Romelia: DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

Robert Horton: Yes I do.

Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?

Robert Horton: The thoughts about am I really being true to this character?

Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?

Robert Horton: I am currently still a part time writer.

Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Robert Horton: I try to read and write at least 2 hours per day.

Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT).

Robert Horton: Adult.

Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?

Robert Horton: Not really. There is a part of me that can relate to most everything that I read.

Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?

Robert Horton: Putting historical figures in the proper context.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?

Robert Horton: Whatever names sounds good to me is what I go with. There is certain feel that I have when I put a name with the character I’m writing about.

Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?

Robert Horton: Yes I do. I haven’t had a bad review. Not sure how I would handle a bad review. But I smile ear to ear when I read a positive review.

Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?

Robert Horton: I don’t consider them secrets. But if there are any “secrets”  in any of my books, they are hidden in plain sight.

Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?

Robert Horton: In my upcoming novel, Olivia’s New Day, the scene where Olivia’s begins to reminisce about missing her father was tough to write.

Romelia: DO YOU GOOLE YOURSELF?

Robert Horton: I do.

Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

Robert Horton: Working 10 hours a day for someone else.

Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

Robert Horton: Poetry Magazine and The Atlantic.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?

Robert Horton: The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Robert Horton: I always watch Columbo every night before I go to bed.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Robert Horton: I would describe myself as hardworking man, a giver, and a compassionate person, who writes relatable poetry. Something that most people don’t know about me is that it took me 40 plus years before I had the confidence to identify myself as a poet. Something that I hate about the world is that oftentimes our first impulse is to judge others quickly and harshly without giving people the benefit of the doubt and being more understanding.

If you are interested in purchasing his books, visit Amazon.com or visit his website at www.damoodypoet.com . All requests receive a 24-hour response.

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