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Twenty Question Interview with Luciana V. Suárez

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Anyone following my blog knows Lucia, my latest featured published author who has contributed here and an avid supporter of my work. I am grateful and proud to share my huge support of her extraordinary accomplishments—the latest being the release of her book! I can’t wait to read/review it and know after you read below, you’ll be hooked too.

1. Where are you from?

I’m from Argentina… that’s where I live now.

2. What is your occupation?

I have a degree in Communications but right now I’m not working so much because of a medical treatment that I’m doing. I do luckily write full time now that I’m published.

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?

My work has always been related to writing, so I guess I’m proud of my perseverance, because I’ve been writing since a very young age (poems and tales).  Then my job was to write for some magazines and websites. In 2010, I began writing novels and ever since I’ve been writing every day, so it has become my priority.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?

I would like to turn it into Connecticut, ha! I guess the weather, because It’s hot from September to April or May, and it’s really humid.

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling? 

This happened in 2004: I was going home from College on a bus, I fell asleep and woke up in another town… 5 hours away from my home town, ha! I took another bus to come back.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?

I haven’t met anyone famous yet, I’ll tell you as soon as I do.

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?

I guess breaking and entering on a house of a famous person, like Henry Cavill or Donna Tartt (since she’s one of my favorite authors). I would check her computer and all the notes about her works so I can see part of her writing process. As for Henry, I would smell his clothes, lol.

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?

I’m a good eater, so I guess I’m a ‘worst cooks’ material… but I like baking.

9. What quote do you live by?

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?

I love it when I can connect with characters, because that doesn’t always happen. When it does, I can understand where they come from… why they are the way they are and their goals in life, because characters are the ones who shape the story.

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?

Black or brown and extremely pale.

12. What award would you love to win?

I guess any literary award.

13. Favorite dessert?

Caramel or chocolate ice cream.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?

Nothing.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?

I would love to learn to play the piano.

16. Favorite concert to date?

I’ve never been to concerts… because where I live there aren’t many and when there is a local one, it features artists from Argentina and I don’t listen to our native music.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Audrey Hepburn, because I’ve always admired her, not for her career but because she had an interesting life, which she overcame by doing various work with children and I always loved that about her.  Every time I volunteered with children, she was my inspiration and guide for it.

18. Biggest pet peeve?

Gossiping… people who like to gossip.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?

My latest book debuts today! All my other work is in production right now (revision), seven of my novels are going to be published.  I think by the end of the year or the beginning of the next one, I’ll be able to promote them as well.

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?

Can I ask you two? Questions 4 and 6 that you asked me.

Sure, for no. 4 where do I begin? In NY… TRAINS! (the whole crap MTA – LIRR system) TRAINS! The service and ticket prices are a nightmare. Also, get rid of the garbage on the streets! NY is filthy compared to other places.  Ok, I’m done venting.  For no. 6 I’ve lucked out meeting a host of famous people, especially doing side gigs as a film/TV extra. I’ll go with the most recent, Steve Martin on a plane… nice guy who was impressed that I saw him play banjo a few times at Outside Lands Festival and like me, spends a lot of time in the air.    

Countless thanks and congratulations to Luciana for sharing her thoughts and new novel with us!  I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  

Till next time, well wishes, L. 

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Twenty Question Interview with Michael Fedison

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1. Where are you from?
I am from Rochester, NY. The Flower City! Now, I live in Vermont.

2. What is your occupation?
Varied! My “day job” is a technical writer for a computer software company, but I also do a ton of freelance proofreading for book publishers and also tutor writing at a local college on Fridays during the semester. Not to mention an indie author, too!

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
Out of the professions listed above, it’s probably the tutoring, when I feel like I really reached a student and helped them out, and helped them to achieve a better grade and appreciate the nuances of the English language, if only just a little bit more than they had previously.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Hmm. Not sure if this is applicable, as I live in a town where the cows outnumber the people! I guess, if I can expand this to the entire state of Vermont, I would say the weather. I just wish the winters up here were a little shorter . . .

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
Waiting for close to 20 minutes while hundreds of cows crossed the road from one pasture to another. I was close enough that some of the cows brushed up against my car as they crossed the road.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
I don’t think I’ve met anyone famous 😦

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
Wow. Um . . . probably speeding down the interstate. I am a careful driver, but sometimes I want to go a bit faster.:)

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I have been known to dabble. Probably somewhere in the middle! Between Chopped and Worst Cooks – the middle path!

9. What quote do you live by?
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” I always try to go deep in the things I learn.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
The unpredictability. There is no clear, tangible way to define the creative process. Some days you are on the mountaintop. Other days you are in the valley. And it’s hard sometimes to see the reasons for either. I suppose the aspect I admire the most about the creative process can also, sometimes, be the most frustrating!

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
Do I have to choose just one?

12. What award would you love to win?
The Nobel Prize for Literature would sure be nice!

13. Favorite dessert?
Ice cream… pretty much any kind.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?
With technical writing, I suppose the dryness. It’s not the most riveting material! It’s always nice to go home in the evening and dip in to something creative.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
I don’t play any instruments. And I don’t even have that much of a desire to learn. If I did take up an instrument, though, it would probably be the guitar.

16. Favorite concert to date?
A Reba concert, back in the day in Rochester.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who
would it be?

Probably Winston Churchill. Or maybe Ray Bradbury. Maybe both at the same time? That would be an interesting dinner.

18. Biggest pet peeve?
Ignorance. Without a doubt.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
Well, “The Singularity Wheel” was published earlier this year! So–if anyone wants to take a look… it is the sequel to “The Eye-Dancers.”

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one? Can I be a shameless, shameless salesman? I would like to answer the question, “Where can I purchase ‘The Singularity Wheel’?” And the answer is–Amazon, at https://www.amazon.com/Singularity-Wheel-Michael-S-Fedison-ebook/dp/B0797XNPHL

But also, I did want to ask you, if you were to answer Question 17 above, who would you choose for the dinner date?
This one changes daily, currently dinner with a secret fan of mine from afar that subtly makes their presence known occasionally would be fun.

Thanks again to Michael for sharing his thoughts with us, please check out this gifted writer now!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Nicole Belanger

Happy New Year everyone – I hope you had wonderful holidays / festivities! I enjoyed traveling and taking a much needed time out… (despite returning to bone chilling weather) cheers to 2018 with love and great changes to come 🙂

I’m happy to share the first author interview of ’18, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I relish hosting them!

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I started writing when I was six, but it wasn’t until I was about 12 that I became more serious about it and started writing my first book.

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I like writing novels, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of poetry.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Batman or Wonder Woman

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

That’s a tough one. In a review for my book, Shadows, my writing style was compared to Gillian Flynn. I’ll have to go with either her or Chevy Stevens.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

Currently just writing poetry, but I do want to try to start planning out a new book soon.

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

I don’t think so. Every book has room to grow, but I’m happy with the was One Last Wish came out in the end. There are some parts that I’m sure have angered readers, but every scene in this book was necessary. Now the other two books, that’s a different story. I have a laundry list of things I want to change in those, but I’m still happy that people like them.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write for yourself before you write for other people. It took me a long time to realize that by writing for others held me back because I was more concerned about what they would like or dislike. Once I learned to write for myself, my writing improved drastically.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Always A’s.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

I do a lot of research. When you write about such heavy topics, you want to get it right. The things that I put my characters through are intense, and I want to be able to accurately portray what they’re going through. I want my books to be believable.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I own a typewriter, but it doesn’t work. I write my longer works on my computer, but for poetry I often write it on a piece of scrap paper then transfer the polished version into my journal.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

My junior year of high school I let my English teacher read the first few chapters of my book Lost Voice. He responded by telling me that if I didn’t at least try to pursue publication then he was going to fail me for the semester. I’m glad I listened to him, because publishing that first book brought me on an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

My current favorite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I read it recently and fell in love. Its about WW2 and the holocaust. It is such a raw and emotional book. It was so beautifully executed I cried during almost every chapter.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not play an instrument, but I would love to learn violin or the guitar.

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

For my first two books I published through the Createspace platform. It’s an independent publishing platform that gives you 100% control of everything. I liked this method as I was starting out because I didn’t have to pay any costs and I was able to get my work out there quickly. For One Last Wish, my most recent book, I published through a company called Bookfuel. It’s still an independent publishing platform, but it’s very much layed out like a traditional publisher. I was signed on by an agent, and got an editor who still let me have complete control of edits and primarily pointed out flaws, plot hole, and grammar issues as well as adding in suggestions for things to change. They designed a cover for me based off what I described as my vision (and made it much better than I pictured in my head) and formatted my book for me. It definitely cost a pretty penny, and it took me about 2 years to pay off,  but it was worth it in the end.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

There’s this Instagram page made by this guy called The Doggist, who takes pictures of dogs for a living. He basically walks up to strangers and asks if he can take a picture of their dogs. How do I get this kind of job?

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

Outside of writing, I work as a CNA at a hospital and I go to school for Nursing. Alongside that, I’m also a self taught freelance photographer. I wouldn’t change what I do for anything.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

That’s tough. Bill Murray and Michael Palin.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

My vows. I made everyone (including myself) cry when I read them.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)

I think successful self-published author. I feel like having the pressure of people harassing you for the next book causes an author to rush through it. I like taking my time and putting out the best material I can, while still having time for my family and friends.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Sure! What have you enjoyed most about interviewing authors? Thanks for having me!

The whole process really, I enjoy networking with fellow authors and learning about their craft while having some laughs. 

Thanks again to Nicole for interviewing with me, be sure to check out her gifted work here:

nicolebelangerauthor.com

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Amber Batdorf

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I began enjoying creative writing in middle school. This is when I began to feel pride in my work and was first published in an anthology. Since then, it has been my dream to be a traditionally published author.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I would have to go with prose.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Elinor Dashwood. I feel I am oftentimes more of a Marianne, but I really wish I could have Elinor’s elegance and grace.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I don’t really know how to answer this question. I guess I would have to say I most identify with any YA author promoting a heroine worth looking up to. 

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I currently have a blog (amberbatdorf.com) that I attempt to update regularly. It’s mostly anecdotal; about my crazy life, but with the occasional writing update or excerpt. 

I am also finishing the second draft of my first, full-length novel Becca’s War. It is the story of a girl fighting both inside and outside of herself – battling the ideals she’s been raised with versus the truths she sees around her. 

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

I don’t know if I really, consciously change anything from first draft to second. I start with a general idea of the story I want to tell, but as my characters grow and develop, they take control of the story and make their own decisions – whether I like it or not. 

This story has become something I’m really proud of and I don’t think it could have come about any other way. 

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Just get it down! I give this advice to anyone who tells me they wish to write.

No one can tell your story but you. If you have a story in you, just get it out from start to finish. You can always add, polish, or embellish when editing drafts. The most important thing is to just get it out. Then the hard part is done and you can rejoice in the fact that you just wrote a poem, novel, etc.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

My grades were always great in English class because I love to read and I get really into literary theory. I shied away from creative writing classes because the idea of peer critique freaked me out, but I really wish I had taken more of them. It would make it easier to release my work to beta readers, I think.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I don’t like to over do it on the research unless it’s something awfully specific that would be offensive or even dangerous to misrepresent. 

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to prefer writing longhand; loving the look and feel of a full notebook. When converting from page to screen, I found I was taking too much time editing as I went. Now I prefer to just get the story out on the computer, print the entire first draft, read, edit, and then redraft. 

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

The best advice I have ever been given is to not be afraid of an ugly first draft. It’s okay if it’s messy. It’s okay if it doesn’t always make sense. It helps you find your story. Don’t stress over making it perfect on the first go-around.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. I have read it at least two dozen times and it somehow manages to be more amazing each time. Don’t let the title fool you – it’s an adventure tale of a woman in the wild, untamed territories of early Canada.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I started playing the flute the summer before fourth grade. Since then, I have added many woodwinds and even some low brass to my repertoire.

I can plunk out a tune or two on the piano, but I would really like to be able to play it proficiently. 

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I would love to be traditionally published, but I am also doing the research on all that goes into self-publishing.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Without a doubt – Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t want access to that library?

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. If I couldn’t write, I think I would go back to further my degree so I could teach collegiate level Literature.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Definitely Chevy Chase. I love me a good Vacation movie. I would have to go with John Cleese as I am more familiar with his work outside of Monty Python.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Finishing the first draft of my first, full-length novel. Just holding the complete, printed novel in my hand was almost overwhelming.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“I can paint.” This phrase is a family mantra meaning “I can do it,” especially in instances where your capability has been questioned. It started as part of a story of a conversation between my grandfather and my aunt (when she was younger) and has just evolved into this powerful thing. Any time anyone doubts me, even myself, I remember “I can paint.”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

I would love to be able to write full-time. I have so many stories in me I am just bursting to tell. I want to share them with the world.  

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

No, but I do want to thank you for the opportunity of this interview. It was fun!

It was a pleasure hosting Amber on here, thanks again!

For more information on this talented writer, please check out the below links:

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Happy Holidays,

Little Mountain

 
 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Taylor Eaton

 

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

The desire to write fiction started when I was in elementary school – somewhere around the age of 10. But I didn’t start seriously committing myself to writing until about five years ago.

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I’m a sucker for great literary fiction. I love reading (and writing) beautiful prose and getting caught up in a fascinating story line.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I love Kvothe from “The Kingkiller Chronicle” by Patrick Rothfuss. He’s smart and courageous, but not utterly good to a fault. He’s not afraid to actually kill the bad guys. The perfect hero.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Hemingway. Sometimes you just need a drink.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My current projects include my ongoing websites and a few books. I post two free flash fiction stories over on my site, Little Write Lies. I also run a website for writers called The Sprint Shack. And as far as longer fiction goes, I’m currently writing a serialized fantasy novel called Firewalkers, over at Channillo.

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

In Firewalkers, I would change the way I approached the outlining. I was far too strict in my outlining/planning and it left little room for deviation. But when I actually started writing, I found that new ideas were coming to mind. Trying to break away from the strict outline I’d set for myself has been difficult at times and created a handful of nasty plot holes that I’ve had to go back and re-work.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write as much as possible. That’s it. Write when you don’t feel like it. Treat it like a job and show up every day to write. Write things outside your genre and comfort zone. Write things you hate and write things you love. The only way you get better is by doing it more. Write, write, write.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Straight A’s! One of my favorite subjects in school.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

I do a fair amount when it calls for it. Usually flash fiction doesn’t require much research. And when I’m writing longer pieces, they’re usually set in a fantasy or sci-fi world. But if something comes up that I feel needs some background research, I’m all too quick to run to Google.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Recently, I’ve been working on a computer (in Scrivener and Google Drive). I am a huge fan of writing longhand, though. I know I’ve had a good day of writing when my hand is covered in ink.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Avoid clichés! It’s challenging to avoid them altogether, but it makes my writing richer and unique.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – just so everyone can see that a book can look like it’s for children, but really be geared towards adults.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I don’t! But I’ve always wanted to learn to play the violin.

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I did some research and decided to self-publish most of my work. Since I primarily write flash fiction, getting a traditional publishing agreement for my work might be a bit difficult. Plus, I love having control over the cover, the marketing, and the final product.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Maybe Brandon Sanderson. Just to know what it’s like to write that much.

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

It’s very obscure, but I always wanted to revitalize endangered languages. I have a degree in Linguistics and seriously considered pursing that career, but found that jobs in the field are few and definitely don’t pay very well. Not to say that the market for writing is much better…

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

I think it would be my first publication in a literary magazine. I thought it was going to take me tons of submissions to get published, but within my first month of trying to get published, I was accepted to a magazine. I remember reading the acceptance letter and being in a state of near-shock.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (Famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

Oh, successful self-published author! Definitely. I’d love to make enough income from my writing to be able to quit my day job and write full time.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

What is the best advice for writers you’ve come across through these interviews?

I think with all the interviews I’ve conducted thus far, probably how all writer’s are unanimous that the best way to get your work read is to keep writing and marketing your material—especially through writer groups and social networks.

Thanks again to Taylor for having the courage to sit for my notorious inquisition, ha-ha. Please follow this gifted writer on the links below:

Taylor Eaton is California native who, after traveling across Europe and the US, finally migrated back to her hometown in Southern California. Journaling, blogging, fiction-ing – she’s always found herself at her happiest when she has a pen, paper, and an hour to kill. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines, but you can find her flash fiction on her site (Little Write Lies) and in her collections (The Suicide of the Moon and God Gave Me Butterfly Wings

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With J. Luis Licea

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

When I was little, I always heard folklore legends. They were something that always sent my mind on a frenzy, and the way I imagined them was special to me. I always believed they were real. When I was in high school, in 2011, I was telling one of my new friends a legend I remembered from childhood. Somehow she asked me to write it down for her. That’s when it all started. I wrote the story, and then saw how flawed it was. So I made things up to fit into the legend, so it would all make more sense. Two years later I had written a book with multiple legends smashed together. Four years later, I wrote RUSTIC STARS.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I love poems that rhyme. They are my weakness. Riddles. I love books that don’t detail a lot, but get straight to the point. One of my favorite series (The Hunger Games), left me thinking for days, and then weeks. The writing was just amazing.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I don’t think I have one(?) But if I had to choose a character from a book that I really liked, based on their actions and way they respond to problems, I would choose David from The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. It’s a dark fairy tale for adults. David is forced to go from being a child to an adult during the book, and the way he does it, to me, makes him a hero.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I used to think J.K. Rowling. Then I realized I was nowhere close to her. I don’t think I can identify with any, based on style of writing. But any book I read gives me ideas, and I always grab onto things I like and shape them into my own.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I am currently editing the first book I ever wrote, titled T. R. ORBS. It’s urban fantasy for teen, with a lot of elemental powers, curses, and strange creatures. It takes place in Mexico, so it is always work when I have to research most things. But I love it.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

Yes. But that’s what is wrong. I think that if I change everything to make it perfect, it would end up being flawed. So I just made peace with it and let it as is. Allowing yourself to leave tracks that are not perfect where you walk is the point of learning and living.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t push yourself. Don’t try to be someone else. Allow yourself to grow at your own rhythm, and always pay attention to how other writers do it. The best way to learn is to appreciate others, and to always keep asking questions.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Ohh. Well, English is not my first language. I speak Spanish first, though I suck at it. However, I used to love English class, and I always tried to do above and beyond (because i loved my teachers!). Not to brag, but my grades in English were always good, unless it was tests! Hahaha! No one likes those.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

A LOT. A LOT. A LOT. Which is probably why it takes me so long to finish rough drafts. Sometimes I have to Google words every two paragraphs, or locations, or things, or phrases. It is just part of the process. It is tiring, but researching in writing is like asking questions in class: they are a must.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I do it on a computer. I have two keyboards that glow in the dark. I love them. I also don’t like to see what I type. I type and think. Then I open my eyes and see. If i think about what I write, I don’t write at all.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

“Rough drafts are not supposed to be perfect” Write, but don’t make it perfect, because after you finish, you’ll notice how you’re just starting on a ride that is going to take way longer. But never to give up!

12. What book do you think everyone should read?

I think every book is worth reading. I can’t say, because everyone enjoys different books. If you see a book, it needs reading. Read it.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

Sadly, I do not. Unless clicking and changing song to plays music in my earbuds, then yes. *Smiles* I am a huge fan of the violin! And piano. Also, drums. I can’t pick.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I can’t say. I tried very hard to stay focus. I worked slowly toward finishing it, and one day it happened. I can’t recall the process. I suppose it was mostly asking for support from friends. And they always delivered.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Anyone with money! I really want to know what it feels to have a lot of money for a day. *Giggles* And i’d buy a bunch of junk food. And cake.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I wanted to be a teacher since I was little. But if I can’t be that, I’d see myself as someone who deals with nature. Don’t know who exactly. But nature is the way to go.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Haha! God. I cannot answer. But, secretly, Bill Murray. Gee, I don’t know any of them. Can I pick Katniss Everdeen?

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

I don’t think I have one. I am proud of them all. The first one I had, though, was in high school, when I submitted a short story into a competition, and as badly as it was written (English being my barrier), I won 2nd place. Later, I was told my story was in first place, but due to something, it went to 2nd, which made me feel pride in many ways.

19. What quote do you live by?

‘Do you live to write or write to live’

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)

Anything that allows me to write full-time. I would love just sitting down all day and making my fingers ache as I plot and create, and make characters bloom in different stories. That would be dreamy.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

What do you recommend so I don’t get lost on a plane? I’ve never flown in a plane, and thinking about getting lost freaks me out.

Very funny… I like how you have read up on me! Not getting lost is easy, just make friends with the lovely flight attendants who will ensure you stay on the right path and not deviate into unchartered territory. Once you’ve mastered this and ready to branch out, I’ll share my secrets on how to get lost on planes… once you do, you’ll never travel any other way.

My heart-felt thanks to Luis for interviewing with me and sharing his thoughts with us. Buy and read his extraordinary book! And be sure to follow him on twitter @jllicea and facebook.

 
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Author Interview with Gene Miller and Karen Kavner

Author Interview with Gene Miller and Karen Kavner.

 
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