About Robert Uttaro:
I currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts and am in my eighth year of working and volunteering as a rape crisis counselor, public speaker and community educator. Inspired by my undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice, I continue to embrace a life-long commitment to activism and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. Serving as a counselor, I support rape survivors and their significant others through various legal and case management issues. I also facilitate workshops aimed at education, prevention and exposure of the realities of sexual violence. I am currently touring many universities and high schools throughout Massachusetts. A significant blessing for me was the opportunity to address soldiers of the United States Army at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia.
What inspires you to write?
God and music inspire me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process always involves music, meditation or prayer. My best writing comes once I allow the music and prayer to take me where I need to go. More often than not, I just write what comes to mind — how I feel about something — or I recreate an event that has happened in my life. I most often write in my home with candles, but I also like to hang out by water or grab a few drinks in a bar. I think it’s important for all writers to go into their own peaceful setting and one that inspires their creativity. Writers should use anything in this world that helps them to write, whatever that may be. I would suggest all writers to look deep within their own hearts and write what they believe in writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, and write some more. It is imperative to not be nervous, to not fear anything, and to fight through whatever blockage one may have. Write from your heart. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and don’t stop writing if you have the desire to write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was in the final writing stages of “To the Survivors” and a co-worker told me that I could self-publish through CreateSpace Independent Publishing. I did not know I could easily self-publish and that “To the Survivors” would be listed on Amazon.com in multiple countries almost immediately. For me, it was an easy decision to make and I have no regrets about self-publishing. I recommend that new authors do what they feel comfortable doing and stay true to their hearts. In my opinion, two appealing benefits of self-publishing in particular were the ability to maintain creative control over my writing and the ability to hold all of the rights for To the Survivors.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Many authors will continue to be published, but I think there will be an increase in self-publishing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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