Hello my name is Robert Guerrera. I would just like to share some thoughts on writing. I began writing two years ago on a realistic fiction tale titled Zero Is The Key. Why did I begin writing? There were many reasons. I have read many books with my grade school, middle school, and high school students as an English and history teacher. Most books were good, but some of the books were laborious for the students because the concepts were highly abstract while the story didn't move along quick enough, or there were just too many parts that stalled the story. For nearly twenty years, I always wondered if I could write a story that would appeal to my students. Then, I had children. When they were old enough to listen but not ready to read, I began to tell stories before putting them to bed, by just improvising them on the spot.They seemed to enjoy the tales very much. The stories were mostly action and adventure involving real exotic places from all over the world. My children loved them. I also tell real-life historical stories to my history and geography students during lessons. They loved them, at every age level.
One day, my wife says that I should write a book to put some of my ideas in writing. I agreed. Two and a half years later, my first title was published. What a thrill! I write out of passion, for relaxation, and to turn kids on to the world and its many fascinating places, ancient and modern, and to help students learn how connected we all are in our past and in our present. Hopefully, when a young person reads my books, she will put the book aside and decide to learn more about the various topics and obscure yet intriguing settings I write about. Maybe, just maybe, the reader's awareness of how we are all the same, connected, and struggling through the same problems in life will lead to a better world. Sound sappy? Yes, it does. But it's my hope, so there.
This letter is for those who are thinking of writing and publishing but haven't tried it yet, or for the ones who want to start that second book but haven't yet. Do it! I hope many people as possible read my books and walk away feeling turned on about the world which mostly is a positive place, unlike what we watch and hear on the negative media that bombards us and our young people every day. Young people need more positive stimuli and perceptions, and to be inspired about the world they are going to shape.
To everyone: keep writing and leave your inspirational mark on the world. Take care.