We Danced Before Time
BDW: Give us a little background about yourself and your work.
Robert: Life’s journey has taken my family and me on a never dull or
boring cycle. Out of high school I joined the USAF. As a 18-year-old
kid, with Vietnam winding down they sent me to Chanute AFB in wonderful
Rantoul Illinois. For around six months, six hours a day we studied
aircraft electrical systems, along with theory of
flight. After that assignment, one guy I was
stationed with at Chanute (Alvis) came with me to Barksdale AFB
The Barksdale assignment is where I started reading and dreaming while
attending night school. I became a big fan of the Barsoom series and
Edgar Rice Burroughs along with Louis L’Mour and many other adventure
writers. I bought them all and read them in my spare
time. After the 4-year tour with the Air Force,
I returned to Syracuse and got a job in electrical maintance at a paper
mill in Fulton N.Y. While working there and going to night school at
Oswego State I met my wife.Later, we moved to a little town outside of
Saratoga Springs and settled down in a little house, on a little
road, with 2 little kids, and a furry little doggie named Tammy. It was
here that I was finally able to sit down and start writing.
So with my exposures to top notch companies, technicans, scientists,
engineers, people, and all America has to offer, I was able to pen out
We Danced Before Time.
BDW: Why did you decide to self-publish your book?
Robert: Having a business background while marketing and designing our
products I knew I would be wasting my time trying to send an unknown
writer’s manuscript to some company.
So I took continued education classes at the Knowledge Network in
Albany with Bobbie Christensen, Ginie Sayles and others. They all gave
excellent advice and I followed their plan.
BDW: How was your self-publishing experience?
Robert: I did what they said and was polite whenever I made a
phone call or wrote an e-mail. The easy part was writing the
manuscript. Making it a book was an engineering marvel. You do not as a
book reader realize what has to happen in order to get that printed
work in someone’s hand. Luckily I’m use to doing what a professional
suggests on a project. So all and all I was scared and I still am
scared about not making a mistake. Or doing what most normal human
males do “Shoot my mouth off before I think it through. Most
importantly I want to thank my wife for putting up with me. And
Sheridan Books for the excellent staff they supply, as well as Mustang
Graphics for the help with the cover and artwork.
BDW: Who are the main characters? What can readers learn from them and
what are the unique concepts the book focuses on?
Robert: To me the characters are some of the most influential people I
have met throughout my journey on this earth. A lot of the people in We
Danced Before Time are schoolteachers that did not give up on me
because I was a troubled kid from a broken home. The characters are my
way of saying thank you for your effort. Even if you do not feel like
it, you do make a difference. They are evolving in a 21st century
world, which is in the process of being influenced by an evil doctor,
with the ability to gain infinite knowledge of Quantum Theory. When I
think of time and space as coexisting in one incomplete field that is
ever changing, I understand that as quantum. As humans we cannot
comprehend dimension jumping. Einstein got to where he got by always
wondering how God would have done it. Well me too, from a fictional
standpoint. I’ve seen state of the art communication devices. The world
is full of equipment that 20 years ago was unthinkable. There are SiFi
level discoveries happening around every corner. My series of books are
evolving around learning the quantum and its ways while opening minds
for new discoveries.
A society with a future will spend less money and resources on locking
people up or lobbing IED’s at each other, and more on a good solid
education. The value of money should start to swing more toward empathy
than how large of a stack of paper you own. I am a product of modern
man who looks to the past for guidance and the future for answers.
BDW: Since this book will be the first in a series, what can
readers look forward to in future volumes?
Robert: The entertainment of reading and dreaming is a serious thing
and I plan on working with love, science, excitement, and senses,
all while trying to keep a general audience rating and make some money.
My web site http://www.robertsecreti.com
will from time to time have excerpts
from my unpublished works for my readers to see. By the third book I am
going to have plenty of good material for a movie and the Quantum
computer game of life will be finished. I like multiple marketing
revenue as well as having fun writing. Thanks to all that
have taken the time to read me or help another human soul. We are all
in this together.
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