Topic: Author Interview
Robin Gorley the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Caring, Compassionate, Understanding
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Passionate, determined, go getter, not afraid of trying, takes creative risks
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My family, church, singing in the church choir.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Yes, we have a pit-bull/rought-riler mix. Her name is Roxy, and she will be a year old in January of 2008.
5. What is your most precious memory?
The day I gave birth to my son, who is my miracle child.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Shaking a carton of chocolate milk, and it flying out all over my friends husband.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Graphic Design/Website creations
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Robin Elizabeth Gorley was born August 10, 1963 in Denver Colorado. Born to Norman G Watt and Virginia Camp-Watt. Robin is the oldest of four siblings Julie, Norman and Christina. Robin's life had its fair share of ups and downs, losing her father a very young age, Robin was a constant support system for your younger siblings, and helping her mother with the several day to day things in their lives. Robin moved to California in 1980, where she graduated from Santa Maria High School, and went onto college to get her C.N.A. certifications. Robin worked in health care for 17 years, opened her own nonprofit organization, and in 2005 became a published author.
Over the years Robin has become an advocate for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life; the Columbine High School Memorial Fund; and helping others. Robin was part of a local network of women called The Santa Maria Women's Network, where she served on their board of directors for several years. As a published author, Robin hope was to inspire others, and help them through the difficult times, with a positive message, and to uplift you in your time of need.
Robin leaves behind her husband, Curley and their son Steven.
Robin Gorley the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When I was in Junior High I had a English teacher that introduced me to poetry. We had a big project, and I turned in my assignment, not only to ace the project, but to get a letter from her daughter, telling me that I have a gift to write, and that I should continue writing. Just before going into Junior High, I lost my father to cancer, and to help deal with the anguish of losing my father, I started writing poetry. I found poetry to be very healing.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I have approximately 3000 pieces of poetry that I have written over the year, not including the new poems that come to the forefront of my writing. I am currently working on a poetry book about children, and it will include poetry, and short stories from my son Steven. In addition, to that book, I have several more books that I am working on, and one that is about my father. What I can tell you is that these books will be part of A Lifetime of Words Poetic Series.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
To keep on writing. I love it.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Most of my writing is done when the house is quiet, and in the evening time. With poetry though, it isn't me writing a story, so I don't have a sat schedule on when I write. If I have a thought, I write it down. Then I will sit down and type it in the computer. When I'm ready I will go in and open up the poetry, and refine it. Then I decide which book it will go in.
13. Why do you write?
For me personally, it is to express myself in a creative way. For others, it is to inspire them, give them hope, and to help them to heal.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Life inspires me. The reason why, is because I love life, despite the ups and downs it can bring.
15. How do you define your writing?
I write poetry, and with that comes different types of poetry, themes, and so on. I prefer to write poetry in free verse, and if it rhymes okay, but if it don't that is okay too. I like to write poetry so that others will understand it. Most people look at poetry as something like Shakesphere, Poe...with mine, you don't have to figure out what I am saying. What you get out of it, is what I write.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
Robin's writings are an inspiration to us all. She lifts us up with her positive voice, and when you read her poetry you will feel like you are the person she is writing about.
Robin Gorley the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
You can visit my website at www.freewebs.com/alifetimeofwords
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
They can email me at Gorley_robin@yahoo.com
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
A Lifetime of Words; A Lifetime of Words~Spirit for the Soul; A Lifetime of Words~Simple Truths. These books are on my website, and can be ordered directly from my website.
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
They will be able to understand my poetry, there are no hidden messages in my words. As always, I hope they will be inspired.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
I've been married for 20 years, and my son is now 14 years old. I've been blessed to have such a loving and caring husband, and a son who strives to do his best in everything he does. They are always supportive of whatever I decide to do. You don't get that always in life.
Other things that I do...I have an online editing service that I offer to my fellow authors, as well as businesses. I have done some desktop publishing, website designing. I do this to help support my travels for book events. I have also enrolled in the Art Institute Online Division so that I can learn more about Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing, and Website Designs.
If you are a writer, or want to be a writer, and don't know how to go about putting it all together, just send me an email. I will be happy to help you get your start. I love to help others, and see other succeed, just as I have. I've accomplished a lot in my life, and I hope to accomplish more as a writer.
Life has many ups and downs, and we often do not have control of what has been handed to us. To make it in this world you have to turn all your negative energies into positive ones. And remember that Whatever the Challenge, Whatever the Goal, Endure to the End.
I tell you this because after going through the life I have gone through, I don't want anyone giving up on themselves. I have lived with obesity my entire life, and although I have done things to help me lose the weight, which I've been successful, it has been a long, and winding road. I have never given up, and I will continue to do everything I can to make my life what I want it to be. So my motto in life has always been Whatever the Challenge, Whatever the Goal, Endure to the End.