In early 2021, author Robert Paul released Asleep (Drifting), the harrowing first installment in a three-book series about his life. In contrast to childhood abuse and struggles with addiction, Robert has terrific memories of the loved ones who stuck by him through his trials. He was inspired to write about these two opposing worlds in hope that his experiences will show others peace is waiting beyond even the darkest moments.
Asleep chronicles Robert’s early life as the child of an abusive mother in an unstable household. His mother’s temper and a constant stream of strange men threw his younger years into chaos. He was only able to survive with the help of his loving grandmother and aunt. In his misguided search for healing and purpose, Robert sought solace in all the wrong places. Despite its rawness, Asleep is very much a story of redemption, hope, and finding belonging.
In his work, Robert explores themes of forgiveness, mental health, and self-awareness. Instead of lingering in resentment, he promotes an introspective approach that encourages survivors of abuse and addiction to invest in their futures instead of wasting energy looking back at harder times. Asleep showcases the power of humor and using positive influences—like Robert’s grandmother and Aunt Betty—as an anchor against negativity.
Asleep will resonate with fans of true stories and compelling memoirs. Robert believes that every individual has their own unique story, like a fingerprint. He hopes that sharing his experiences will empower others to pursue their happiness. As Robert writes in Asleep, “Drifting is the neglect of your highest purpose.”
Reviewers describe Asleep as “a captivating book” and applaud Robert’s courage in dissecting such a traumatic period. Through his emotive narrative style, Robert transports the audience to another time, reflecting on poignant memories like waiting for his beloved Aunt Betty to return home from high school on the bus or falling off his friend’s roof while flying a kite.
When asked about his writing process, Robert reflected on the importance of Henry David Thoreau’s classic command: “Go confidently in the way of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Asleep (Drifting) is available for purchase on Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. Sequels are currently in development.
Robert Paul was born in Española, New Mexico, to an abusive single mother. Later in life, he had two children of his own, embraced sobriety, and launched three successful businesses. Robert is a singer-songwriter, marathoner, and full-time writer. He lives and writes in Los Lunas, New Mexico with his fiancée, Marina Avila.