Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and eighty-eighth, is of science-fiction novelist Robin Matchett… and see below for details of Robin’s tour giveaway and click here to read Robin’s article ‘Science Fiction and Reality Today?’. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Rob (Robin) Matchett was born in Paris, France of Canadian parents, but has resided most of his life in rural Ontario. He claims to have been well-educated in the arts in mostly private schools and some university, yet finished curiously studying horticulture and agriculture. Unused to explaining his trajectory in life he said that some thought him a natural talent that had a gift for telling, or at least an imagination that subscribed to it. To others it appeared he preferred a solitary life close to the elements to contemplate the unfathomable wonder of things, whether it be history, culture or science. Well-read, he has an uncanny ability to seek out what truth and reason seem to reveal, and if wrong and evidence upends, the first to admit it. He is known to eschew social media as somewhat overwhelming which can co-opt his meditative equilibrium, though his open and friendly demeanor seems to lend itself to a natural sociability.
To begin one must understand that Rob is an old soul. It could be said that his nature may have some contradictions like any, from virtue to vanity, and ignorance to illumination, and inherent of all the strengths and weaknesses. Rob told me he has learned to live simply, almost monkishly, though with a decent culinary appetite as he grows some of his own food and enjoys certain delicacies or luxuries of habit. His place is perhaps an idealistic one, living in a country setting, studying many themes, but a moral one, and as liberal as the sun. There was a time in his youth that he felt an inner fire alighting his mind with some great idea or purpose, yet with time he saw through such feelings as illusory at best in the guise of immortal youth. Marriage and children have a way of bringing one down to earth. However, to better oneself and to bring to fruition some sense of this, he told me the poet in him had to wring blood from stone and find the discipline to set down what he deemed a creative-believable-oeuvre that encapsulated his attempt to make a difference. It would appear that there has to be some reason or proscribed method to his vision or style, and an understanding gleaned from his search for truth without the hubris. So an epic poem, novels and sonnets emerged from the primordial drive, an effort if flawed, but nonetheless true to form. As well, music and film scripts were brought forth being an extension of his creative voice. It could be said that some have a gift for truth tempered to an age, or for all time. It is a positive spirit, one based in love for humanity and justice – a love circumspect of all ages where truth brings forth light from darkness – where evil is exposed in the light. Some do indeed shine a light. Now Rob may or may not be this – he thinks everyone has that potential – but assuredly divines in a cosmos where all is possible and all is relative, and one simple soul doesn’t really amount to much unless there is some historical or literary significance. At the end of the day, we have stories and an individual who is responsible for them – just another vessel on the current of a human sea.
Big dreams have a way of rounding out in some practical adjustment. Any author would perhaps find some measure of truth in this. They all want to be read and heard. Rob is no different. Be it success or failure, man or woman, self-promotion is likely a given necessity. Obscurity may be the fearsome predator, or sweet surrender, and success today could be failure tomorrow and vice-versa. Be it as it may, living the dream of a flowing mind to text is a panacea to the pain of delirium or bust. Happiness is the creative mind. Rob embodies the true artist.
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