Today we talk about Almost romances while travelling the world, a book by Robert Fink, published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Robert Fink, to get to know him better, what was the moment that led him to the writing of his book Almost romances while travelling the world, as well as what added value has, living in different countries, brought to his writing style.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- What was the moment that led you to the writing of your autobiographical story?
I remember to have my craziest years during the COVID pandemic where so many crazy things happened to me that I was thinking if this is not happening to me, I would not believe it is true or I would simply think I am part of a nightmare or a virtual reality parallel universe where somebody put me in a Hollywood movie and played with my life the scariest things I could imagine. At this point I was emotionally very much down and could not for a second imagine how and why I deserve all this to happen to me. I believe in Karma and serendipity, not a big fun of so-called coincidences so my mind went wonder. I started to tell my stories to some of my friends some of them who even helped me to get through emotionally the shitshow I was part of it and understand what is happening to me and how to cope with it. I was always planning to write a book to leave some sort of legacy for future generations, but I was always seeking the right topic and trigger to start it. I knew I have lot to tell based on my life and I am aware there are many other people out there who have similar or even more interesting crazy stories as the more you live, the more you travel, the more you experience in life.
- What sensations did you feel by ‘reading’ your life on the pages of your book?
First, it was already a great feeling to write the book itself. The process helped me to remember a lot of things, may be also understand them more and reflect on them, thinking what I would potentially do differently if I could but, obviously, we can’t and should not want to change the past, we should live in the present as we never know what the future brings, and we can never predict it. We should never wait and try to figure out what should have or should happen if we decide differently as we will never know in advance, so it is just waste of our precious time. Once the book was ready to be published and I read the entire book over and over again I had often goosebumps on my skin and sometimes tears in my eyes. I was surprised that my story even moved myself. On the other hand, I was proud and happy that I can share my story and potentially inspire other people I do not even know around the world who might have similar faith even partially.
- What are the messages you want to send out with your book?
The book storyline is running at multiple streams hence I tried to include several important messages I learned and experience during my life so far and think lot of people can learn from it potentially earlier than I did in my life. I think many people’s life is driven and influenced by fear which eventually leads to small or big lies to the outside world or even to themselves procrastinating important decisions due to the fear and thinking they might hurt others if they are honest. I learned on a very hard way and very painful that nothing hurts eventually more than lies since a healthy individual with enough empathy can sense the lies anyways, they are often obvious and visible on body language. The truth might hurt now we discover but better to face it than living and sugar-coating the fact and creating lies. In my view that hurts more and causes more damage always. So always be honest and true to yourself and to others that is respect and much healthier. Another important message that asks first inform yourself first before you conclude anything since things can seem very different for an outsider than they are. Always ask and listen, understand, never judge, or do prejudice. I know it is often not easy due to the conditioning of society and family/friends. Live in the now but always imagine what you want from your life on the long run.
- What added value has living in different countries brought to your writing style?
I think once you step out of your comfort zones and experiencing different places, cultures, and the way other live their lives other people think, feel, and act you start to understand many things. In my experience most people always seek and look for the differences but to me the more I travelled, the more I listened and learned other cultures and people, the more I understood the similarities and since then, I rarely look for the differences more than for the similarities. I think also communicating and thinking in several different languages changes your mindset and makes you more empathetic which eventually impacting your style so people can relate to the author and the way he thinks the experiences he had. I would say it makes your personality being more down to the earth and humble despite what one achieved so far. I remember my journey how much I changed during my life from a fearful somewhat insecure boy to a fearless, self-confident man. Often it was not easy at all to change and grow but I hope this will come through my writings and the readers will agree eventually.
- Are you planning to write more books?
The short answer is YES of course since I loved the journey to write this first one and the road which is still ahead of me. If you get to my last chapter in my book, you will notice that it is finished like most TV series where the reader would be curious what is next how this continues. Apart from that logical and organically given next stories, I do have lot of other things in my mind to tell the tales more in details or reflect on other human aspects I learned so far worth to share with a wide audience. Perhaps some travel stories more in details or more what I learned in the business world and how people should start to plan raise their kids even if I do not have my own yet but I am very certain what I want to teach to my future kids and family. Maybe I could write a book about my “spiritual “journey how I became what I am today and what phase I went through what the future holds for me based on my plans. Hopefully I could get some inspirations from my readers later on the road while meeting them what they would be interested to hear or learn from me.
Europe Books thanks the author Robert Fink once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Almost romances while travelling the world. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, I wish that this book intrigues you page after page. I take inspiration from what the author wrote by sharing with you, briefly, his messages “Always be honest and faithful to yourself and to others” – “Always ask and listen, understand, never judge or prejudice” – “Live now but always imagine what you want from your long-term life”. May these messages generate in you new and interesting reflections and ideas to apply to your life and to your world, day after day.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!