Featured Interview With Robert Pardi
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born to a typical lower middle class Italian-American family in New York City. Yet, I was also born with the travel bug, partly because my paternal grandmother always advised me to experience life as well as my having grown up with an alcoholic father – therefore, I fantasized about “getting away”. I have lived in Arizona, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Rome, and now live in the same small Italian village my great grandfather immigrated from at the beginning of the 1900’s.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I had always been interested in book for as long as I can remember. To me they represented a way to easily escape a rather difficult childhood. While I did love to write stories when I was a child, it was frowned upon as not something for boys and that passion was pushed deep inside. Yet, I continued to read and was blessed to marry a woman who loved books as much as I did. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer before her 31st birthday I started journaling. After she passed I found that journaling wanting to become something more as I had learned so many valuable lessons such as living in a state of Joy regardless of adversity, surrender, resilience and the value of ordinary moments. That led me, with the help of a good friend to write my first book, Chasing Life, which is dedicated to my amazing wife.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Honestly, there are too many to mention because I find something in every book I read. That said, someone I return to often is Richard Bach. Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist is another book which captivates me every time I read it. I also am a big fan of biographies and true stories such as Touching the Void and Unbroken. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is spectacular. Other authors which I enjoy reading are Robin Sharma, and other Modern-Day fable authors. My guilty pleasure are spy novels such as those by Daniel Silva.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called a Pimby Tale, which is a Modern-Day Fable about a boy who is taken into the land of imagination to learn life lessons. I believe, as adults, the loss of our childlike enthusiasm is detrimental and this book is about reconnecting to that part of ourselves while being reminded of important life skills and lessons. PIMBY stands for Possibility, Imagination, Magic, Believe, and YOU.
My soon to be released book, mid May 2022, is called Possibility in Action – which is my life’s philosophy. It is a gathering of what I call “musings” which are playful moments of reflection. Pondering concepts similar to those shared in my new book led me to those wonderful Ah-ha moments that helped wake me up to living my life intentionally and authentically. If we strip it down to its essence, Possibility in Action is the code with which a hero’s journey is written. It is understanding that life is to be lived in the here and now. There is no waiting. There is no right moment. There is only action – NOW – and this book is comprised of 52 musings and specific journaling prompts to shift perspective and stimulate greater self-awareness.
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