Writers Showcase Interview

So I did the interview with the amazing Christie Stratos, where we talked about my poetry, The Suffering, The Dark Archer, and a bit on the upcoming The Shadow Cult.  Most importantly, we took the time to dive further into Mental Health Awareness Month, where we discussed a bit of why it’s so important to be having these discussions, and how we need to be seeking to understand, as oppose to stigmatize, our mental health.

All too often, especially after we lose someone close to us to suicide, we find ourselves saying things like, “I never saw it coming,” or “But they seemed so happy just yesterday,” or anything in between these things.  The reality of PTSD or depression or any other mental health issue is that we often don’t see it coming, where even for those of us who are suffering from it, one moment is all it can take.

Please enjoy this interview, and remember that it is important to talk about these things.  Perhaps in open discussion, we can further our understanding of not just others who are dealing with such illnesses, but of ourselves who are dealing with these illnesses.

Thank you for stopping by.  And if you want to talk, I’m right here.

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

Robert Cano



Writing Grimdark, Poetry, and Something About Pillars!

This interview was with the wonderful Katie Salidas and Jason LaVelle on the Spilling Ink podcast.  We had a great time discussing my books and my love of poetry.

For those interested, I have been writing poetry for at least two decades now, and have found ways to incorporate my poetic voice into my novel writing.  This is something that I believe sets me apart as an author in the world of novels.  The depth and beauty of the scenes I create really are those rare moments in time when everything slows down and we find ourselves lost in it.

Thanks for joining me, and for watching this podcast.  Be sure to check out both Katie and Jason’s work as well, as each are wonderful authors of some amazing work.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and do enjoy our ramblings and fun times.

Robert Cano

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.


An Author’s Thoughts

The struggle with PTSD and depression, and how these things shaped the writing of The Dark Archer.

This video is one that I did for Facebook, posted it there and got over 30k views, but the purpose was to have an honest dialogue on not just mental illness as I deal with them, but also how these things have impacted my writing.  The last bit of the video is me reading from a section of The Dark Archer wherein I talk about how I cope with these things I can’t be rid of.

The video is just over 17 min long, but if you stick around, you’ll see you’re not the only one with demons.  We are all dealing with things, and I’m certainly no exception.  Thanks for stopping by.

Robert Cano

The First 10 Pages

This is an older panel I did with Go Indie Now’s Joe Compton, as well as some other amazing authors.  In this panel we discuss the first 10 pages, their importance, and what to do to maximize their effect on our readers.

As always, it was a good time.  Links to the other authors on the panel can be found in the notes on YouTube.  Thanks for stopping by.

The Dark Archer available for purchase here…

Robert Cano

Our Fragile Identities

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by,

This is from the Fantasy Fiends podcast, which is worth a listen to for all of the authors showcased on there.  Plenty of entertainment value with the awesomely hilarious Stevie Collier, and Andy Peloquin is just an all-around amazing guy.  Both are authors themselves, and do be sure to check out their work if you love fantasy like me…

As always, if you wish to check out my work, the links are provided in another post, The Dark Archer

Stay tuned later this year, as I will definitely be stopping by with them again to promote The Shadow Cult, which is coming soon.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and do come and hang out with us, there is even a sneak peek into The Dark Archer where we all read from a section…

Robert Cano


A Good Time with Fellow Author E.G. Stone

As promised, I will be posting up all of my interviews and panels, so it may take a little while to gather them all up, but I have already created a tab just for these types of things, so feel free to peruse them.  These have all been fun in one way or another, and I’ve gotten to make new friends because of them.

Whether you’re a fan of books generally, or a fellow author or writer or poet seeking at least some bits of amateur information, please look through these.  There are some topics that are repeated here and there, but for the most part each discussion was unique in that we all have different ways of approaching this incredibly varied world of writing.  You may even learn a bit about me in the process…



To purchase any of my books, feel free to find me on Amazon where you can find both The Suffering and The Dark Archer, available now.  Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

Paperback and ebook available.  Hardbacks will be made available again soon… Also, The Shadow Cult will be coming out later this year.  Make sure to stay tuned.

For your listening pleasure…

An interview I did with the author Jamie Davis.  Since we’re all stuck at home on quarantine, how about a podcast with yours truly as the guest?!  We discuss some of the finer points of writing and worldbuilding, fantasy and poetry.

Epic Fantasy from Poetic Roots with Robert Cano on the Podcast

Give it a listen if you have some time, and remember, you can find my work on Amazon, B&N, Google Play Books, etc…

P.S. I’ll post here some more interviews I’ve done as well, for those interested.  Have a great day, and stay safe you guys!

Links to The Dark Archer here, just scroll to the bottom.

The Dark Archer, 2nd Edition

So a LOT has happened since I last posted anything here.  Been rather busy, to say the least.

To start, The Dark Archer hit a bit of a snag with the old publisher, and ended up going off sale for a time.  However, it was picked up by a new publisher and is now available once more.  This time with added awesomeness.  For this 2nd Edition of The Dark Archer, we have added a few minor lines here and there (nothing major, just bits that add depth and hearken to elements found in the upcoming sequel, The Shadow Cult), as well as a map and an index to help with keeping the characters, locations, and terms straight.

It is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as through Three Furies Press under the series name Soul of Sorrows.  You can also find The Suffering, which is a novella that comes chronologically before The Dark Archer.


As mentioned above, The Shadow Cult is still coming, and is currently out to beta readers.  As of right now, the cover is very nearly complete, and is looking absolutely gorgeous, so mad props to my amazing cover artist.  With that said, I’ll be posting the new cover art in my Facebook reader group first (which I will link below), but will spread that love here as well for those who are interested in seeing it when completed.

With that said, The Shadow Cult will be coming out later this year, and it is promised to be a crazy ride.  My editor actually loves it more than The Dark Archer, which is high praise…  Take my word for it.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for further updates…  Exciting times.

Robert Cano

If you want to join my Facebook reader group, just follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/620898828753102/

The Search…

With apologies to the late Carl Sagan.  A great many magnificent minds have come before me who have combined within my mind to inform much of my personal philosophies…

This is a little something I was working on for class.  I’ll be expanding it out as the semester goes on.  For now, this is what you get.  Feel free to lend me your thoughts.


The memories fluttered through my mind in a mass of butterflies’ wingbeats, the images mere glimpses, fragments of a time I’d have rather forgotten, left alone and forlorn in a past not worth revisiting, and yet there I was, trapped within the confines of a dreamscape I couldn’t run from, forced to relive events of my childhood I tried for so long and so hard to put out of my thoughts.  I could make out silhouettes grasping for me with gnarled fingers, and I remembered why I feared walking through the Autumn and Winter woods, for the reaching branches clawed at the already dark corridors of my rather fucked up brain patterns.

It is a struggle that remains today.  I forever wonder if I am good enough, if I am worthy, if I matter.  And then I remember that I am nothing.  I find a strange comfort in this thought, for it is my truth, the one thing that I cling on to that allows me to get up in the morning.  Relevance in this world is not granted by oneself, but through the life we choose to live, through the lives we touch in thought and action.  I had to discover what mattered for me, I had to learn, I had to push through to the other side until I figured out the why…the how.

“My brain is like a bag of cats,” I often tell people willing to listen.  “Always running a million miles an hour in different directions, always one idea in constant battle with another.”

The wonder of the mind is found within the search for the paradox of who we are.  For me, personally, I have come to realize that depression is simply a manifestation of emptiness.  It’s an internal emptiness that cannot be filled by outside things, and I had to find what mattered in my life.

To go internally, I sought the answers well beyond the confines of the world we know so well.  I looked to the stars, to galaxies innumerable, to the incredible possibility of countless universes.  Our little planet is literally nothing in this vast cosmic arena, and yet, the only life we have ever known – all of our families, all of our pasts, all of our dreams and hopes and wonders – have all been found only here, on a speck of dust floating through an infinite void we have yet to truly understand.

Do you know what this means?

I’ll tell you.  This means that the individual is also nothing, less than nothing; this means that our world, the small, fragile mote of rock we call home, has only a value assigned to it by us, and in like manner, life itself is assigned a value only given it by us.  Perhaps if we all understood this simple fact, and looked upon each other with such wonder, we would realize the value of the individual, for they are a link to a past that proves our existence, and they continue to press humanity forward toward an uncertain future that is one day bound to end entirely, and completely without pomp or circumstance.  Like a whisper on the wind our world, like our lives, when compared to the infinite nothingness that exists with or without human understanding, will be soon gone.  The best we can do is appreciate the moment, each precious moment given, and hope our end isn’t hastened through our collective idiocy.