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I always feel very happy when new books are released, but today I am especially happy. I am coming back today with a "Meet the Author" post just because my dear friend Rob Zimmermann has recently released his debut poetry collection. Yeah, Rob is on Tour! An avid reader and a tireless supporter of Indie authors, it is my pleasure to help him now to get the word out about his book. He is indeed a lovely person and a great poet, so get to know him better. Enjoy this interview!

  1. Describe yourself.
  • I’m me. I write poems. I try to be nice to everyone who deserves it. I try to help out my fellow authors, bloggers, and readers in whatever way I can. And I hope the rest of these answers give you a bit more about me since I’m terrible at coming out and saying anything about myself without provoking :P
  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
  • I don’t think I have a favorite flavor of fruit. I do like apples. I also like bananas, oranges, and others. When it comes to things flavored like fruit, I rarely find that they taste like the real thing, so I don’t really have favorite. I do know that apple flavored things are never even close to real apples.
  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
  • I don’t really have a day of the week that I prefer. Most days are the same for me. Sometimes a Monday morning is fun though. I see everyone complaining about it being Monday, while I just wake up walk my dog, grab a cup of coffee, and laugh at them. If you treat everyday the same, there really is no Monday 
  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
  • I’m a fan of the morning. I normally wake up around 6-7AM and I tend to get a lot done between then and 11AM. If I haven’t done anything productive by that time, I feel that I’ve wasted too much of the day.
  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • Morning person (see above). But I’m not opposed to the night time hours. I normally go to bed around 11, but if I needed to I can go back to being an insomniac...haha
  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
  • Really whatever I see first when I open the fridge or cabinet. I’m not a picky eater for the most part. Sometimes I crave some eggs, sometimes pancakes. It all depends on the day. Well...I’m sure you want a real favorite...BACON!!! That works.
  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
  • Purple. When I was younger I liked red, I think that’s because my name starts with an R. Kids are simple. Then I think I liked blue more. In recent years, though, I’ve been a fan of purple. The darker the better. I don’t really like light purples. I want a Mustang in very deep purple. That’d be a beautiful car.
    I’m not really sure why I like purple though. It’s just one of those things that you know you like but can’t explain.
  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
    • Next question please....oh I can’t pass on some of these? Darn it...ok well for you, Cinta, I’ll try my hardest to answer the HARDEST question to ask a reader. I’ve answered this for a few different people in the past, and I never really feel inclined to give the same answer all the time. Right now, being that I went through the whole book writing/publishing process, and because it was a book of very personal poetry, I think I’d say that my favorite book is Now You’re The Enemy. It’s a book of poetry by a professor I had back in college, James Allen Hall. It’s not my favorite because he was my professor. It’s my favorite because this poet knows what he’s talking about when he’s teaching and his poetry proves that. It has inspired my style and development ever since the first time I read it, and I’ve read it a few times after that.
  1. What kind of music do you like?
  • I like many kinds of music. I know most people say this, but it’s true. And I’m sure most people mean it just as much as I do. I’m as open minded with music as I am with books. The one type I stay away from (for the most part) is pop music. The stuff on the radio, not really the entire genre. You won’t find me listening to the latest catchy hit songs because, for the most part, I find them to be very annoying, unoriginal, and not catchy at all. If you’d like a few of my all time favorite bands: Staind and Incubus have been the first few bands I fell in love with and I haven’t been disappointed with anything they’ve put out over the years. 
  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
  • This isn’t an easy question to answer. I do watch more movies than I do TV, but I still don’t watch many. If we can call John Cusack a genre...that’s my answer. Can we call him a genre? Favorite movies in the John Cusack genre: High Fidelity, Martian Child, Serendipity (Kate Beckinsale and her...um....amazing accent!), The Sure Thing.
  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
  • As much as I don’t like where I live because it’s not close to pretty much ANYTHING, there are enough great things about it where it’s one of my favorite places to be. Not in my house itself but in the surrounding area. I can go hiking or biking through all the trails in the woods, up and down the mountain. I can go swimming in the lake 100 feet from my house. And it always gets snow before most people I know. I love the cold weather that comes to the area early with the snows. And I can snowboard down my driveway since it’s very steep. Sounds like an almost perfect place doesn’t it? Did I mention I don’t’ have to deal with stupid people most of the time? That’s always a plus.
  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
  • I’ve always thought about being some sort of bird. A big one so I don’t get eaten if I were too small. I want to know what it feels like to fly, but not have to rely on a plane or parachutes. I think it’d be safer to be a bird than a flying human wearing one of those glider suits. Birds were meant to fly (most birds).
  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
  • I’ve never thought of this be question before. I don’t really think I’ve thought about meeting anyone before today anyway. I think it’d be interesting to choose a few poets from history to meet for lunch. I wouldn’t mind meeting Sylvia Plath. Her poetry has influenced me. Marie Howe, more modern, is another and even stronger influence. And I’ll leave the 3rd person to be a mystery. Throw in a random amateur poet in there. I think having both accomplished poets and ones that are just starting out sitting down for some food together would allow for interesting discussion and a great learning experience.
  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
    • I won’t be wishing for world peace. People would just mess that up again a few years later, haha. I’d wish to live comfortably for as long as I could. For the ability to read a bit faster than I do while having a better attention span in order to finish a book. And I think thirdly, I’d wish for a bank account with limitless funds…but that I could only use on books. (See I’m not too greedy. I’d only use that money on books.)
  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
  • A hatchet. A Piece of flint (to start fires). A machete. Someone else for company (someone I like, not just some random person). A nice sized pot or pan for cooking. Yea, I’m a simple person. I think these items would allow me to survive nicely. I wouldn’t waste 5 things on books or other “essentials.” I would miss books though.
  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
  • Myself. I think it’d be too weird being someone else. And if you became someone else, you wouldn’t be yourself...you’d be them. (I know, I ruin the fun of some of these haha)
  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
  • My ability to not make money grow on trees. I’m content with who I am, but having some money would be nice so I could be a bit more comfortable, leading to a bit more happiness overall.
  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
  • Going into space would be cool. Becoming an astronaut for a day would be awesome. I wouldn’t mind them sending me to Mars or something even if I knew I wouldn’t come back. At least I’d die in a really cool way.
  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • I’d pay off all of my student loans. I’d do the same for my girlfriend so she wouldn’t owe anyone money after she’s done with college, as well. Then I’d get a nice house somewhere (nice as in small and simple). Then I’d live comfortably and minimally for as long as I could. If I had enough to spare I’d help out people who I know need it.
  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
  • I’d spend it however I felt like spending it that day. I might read. I might go for a nice walk. I might sit in front of the computer staring at Twitter. I don’t think my last day on Earth would change anything really. I’d still be gone the next day. So I wouldn’t alter my lifestyle for that last day 
  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
  • That depends on who you talk to. I think more often than not I was considered nice. I was just a shy kid. Sky kids aren’t really naughty in the first place, I don’t’ think.
  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
  • There’ve been many great moments in my life. I’m sure a certain someone might like me to say it was the moment I met her…but I won’t be all mushy like that :P One of the greatest moments was when Deuc, my dog, ran out of the woods. It wasn’t until about 20 minutes later when he didn’t want to leave my side that I knew I’d do whatever I could to keep him as my pet. He needed a home and he seemed to really like me. It’s been over a year since then and he’s still here. All 100% of his happy, hyper, puppy-self.
  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • Hopefully I’m still with my girlfriend (I don’t see than ending any time soon), living together somewhere. With my dog Deuc. With a lot more books. With either some sort of job that I don’t hate and a few more books written. Either that or running from zombies or something. Depends on what those years in between bring.
  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
    • Tough Mudder. It’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever done as well. For those who don’t’ know it’s a 10-12 mile long obstacle course. The British Special Forces helped design it. And I did one held over 100 miles north of Las Vegas. So it was even deeper in the middle of the desert. It was fun...but stupid...and fulfilling. Go to toughmudder.com to see some pics and video. Maybe someone reading this might try it some day.
  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
  • Going to a used bookstore is always great to do on a weekend. Just sitting there searching through a mash up shelf of books for piece of the literary Holy Grail is always a welcomed activity. It’s good to do during the week as well, but on the weekends everyone seems to be much more relaxed and not in as much of a rush.
    After getting some books (multiple bags if it’s a great, cheap store) going to get some coffee or some food is a must. That way I can pull all the books out of their bags, stack them on the table, and search them for anything forgotten between the pages. I LOVE finding things that’ve been left in books.
  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
    • This question is probably one of the easiest to answer. I’ve had almost NO holidays (vacations for us in the States) in my life. Disney World, in Florida, when I was 5. Virginia Beach back in 2007. And the beginning of October of this year, I went to Las Vegas to run Tough Mudder (see above). That one was more me torturing myself than having a vacation.
      Out of all three holidays I’ve had, I think the trip to Virginia Beach was the best. I was there for a week because a friend of mine from my first college was going. His parents have a timeshare there at some resort and his brother had summer school. The best part of the trip, aside from seeing and being in the ocean for the first time….was surfing. The first day the waves were huge and the conditions were terrible for being my first time. At least I learned how to take the powerful slap of a wave to the face. By the end of the week I was riding more manageable waves and I hope I’ll have the chance to do more surfing in the future. I can hold my own on more other boards (skate and snow). I’d like to “master” surfing as well.
  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
    • I’m not attempting to brag here or anything...I don’t have any fears…especially anything like a phobia. I’m too much of a rational person where I think it makes it where I don’t really fear anything. That’s not to say I won’t be scared if someone puts a gun in my face...but I don’t have a fear that I’ll die right then and there. I’d either try to save myself or I’ll die trying.
  1. What makes you angry? 
  • People who are closed-minded toward open-mindedness. People who won’t accept someone else who’s different. I don’t like the people who feel they have a (normally “God-given”) right to disrespect another person who isn’t like them. For example people who feel that just because someone else is homosexual that they can’t have the same rights as a heterosexual person because of a religious or close-minded reason. A person is a person no matter what. Everyone can have their own opinions...I’m all for that. But when their actions hinder someone else’s free will and equality that, what I can’t stand. 
  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
  • I’m going to be bold and say I haven’t felt sad in a while. You’ll see from my book of poems, From Where I Stand, that that has not always been the case. Writing poetry has always been a good way to get emotions out and it’s been the first step to feeling better about various things in my life. I won’t stop writing poetry, even if I stop feeling sad about certain things. It’ll always be a form of therapy for me for every emotion good or bad.
  1. Who or what inspires you?
  • Life inspires me. People I’ve met, or just passed on the street. Places I’ve been, places I want to be. Everything that I experience in real life or in my mind inspires me. The possibilities are endless.
  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
  • Here’s the blurb from my collection of poetry so you can find out about it a bit….

    From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection.  Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief.  Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

About Robert
Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.

His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.

When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.


Blog - http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/miztrebor

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Zimmermann.Writer

Goodreads - 
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6435657-rob-zimmermann

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US – 
http://www.amazon.com/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4

Amazon UK – 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253778

Remember that you can leave a thoughtful comment and you will be entered in the giveaway. Rob is giving away 5 ebook copies of his wonderful poetry collection! The winner will be announced next December 9th. So leave your comment. It will be very much appreciated.


 


Comments

Kim Stapf
12/03/2012 3:56am

Great post guys. It's cool how everybody has different questions on their blogs, that way you learn more about the authors. Robs book ROCKS, I enjoyed it very much.

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Cinta
12/03/2012 4:00am

Thanks for commenting, Kim! Rob's poems are great and are one of the reasons why I enjoy poetry now :D

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Laura Francis
12/03/2012 7:04am

A very insightful look into who Rob is. I really enjoyed reading all about Rob. Rob you would be wonderful to meet someday and do lunch with. Please continue on with your writing and I look forward to reading more.

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