Interview with Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to be a writer. Since I was very small, my head was always full of stories, maybe due to my compulsive habit of reading books. I have written stories and kept journals since I learnt to write, and I won a contest when I was 8. I wrote a story about the importance of taking care of the environment and I won. The prize was a collection of classic books and a desk. I have never stopped writing since then.
What has been the most difficult part about being a writer?
I think the most difficult part is when people undervalue what you do. I mean, when you spend nights without sleeping because you want to finish a story, you tell your friends, and they look at you in a pitiful way, you feel kind of depressed. The most difficult part about being a writer for me is to acknowledge that I have a talent for writing and to understand that I shouldn’t listen people who say writing is not a real job. And then formatting. Formatting is a pain.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Jane Austen, Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Tess Gerritsen, Gabriel García Márquez, and Isabel Allende, among many many others. I cannot choose just one.
What authors inspire you?
Jane Austen is a big influence. Indeed I am writing a Regency novella, and some people have told me that my Little Nani stories are written in an Austenesque way :D It is quite a compliment to me.
Do you like to plan your scenes out or do you just wing it?
I don’t really plan scenes. I know what I want to happen in my stories, but I let the characters lead the way. Sometimes the story follows a different path than the one I had in my mind. So planning doesn’t work for me.
What type of books do you like to read?
I am a very eclectic reader, so any type of book works for me, as long as it is well written. The only books I tend not to read are horror ones, but because I am a hypersensitive person and I get scared very easily. However, I have read some horror books along my life.
Why did you choose to write a children’s book?
Well, I didn’t choose to write a children’s book. It is more likely that I was chosen by Little Nani to write her stories. I wrote a short story for my blog, starring Little Nani; people loved that story and asked me to write a second one. I was amazed, but the fact is that Little Nani started to be all over my mind. I had lots of ideas and I was suggested to write a collection of stories. And that’s what I did.
What ages would most enjoy this?
The fact is that I didn’t write the stories thinking of a specific range of age. I think it can be equally enjoyed by little children, who will enjoy the funny situations Little Nani gets involved in and will love the chance of drawing their own illustrations; also by YA readers and adults, who will remember the tales they used to read when they were kids.
How did you come up with the character of Little Nani?
Little Nani is pretty much a reflection of my own personality. I write mainly short stories, but my stories were always about feelings, and they were starting to sound too sad and intense. I wanted to write something different, something reflecting my positive and smiling personality. I started writing, and the result was the first story in the book. Why I named her Little Nani? I worked as an au-pair in London long time ago and the little girls introduced me as the Little Nanny, since I was their nanny and I am very small.
Will there be any other books featuring Little Nani?
Yes, I am already writing “Little Nani and her Friends”, which will be Book 2 in the series. I am also working on a series of short stories featuring Little Nani and different characters from Book 1. These stories will be “choose your own adventure” ones, and I will publish them for Kindle.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time? What is that? LOL Well, I love watching films and cooking. Cooking is very relaxing for me, so I cook anytime I am feeling stressed or a bit blocked with my writing.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Oxford. I love that city. It gives me peace, it inspires me, and I write quite a lot anytime I am there. It is lovely to wander around its streets, feeling as if you were transported to the 14th century.
What's next for you?
Apart from the Little Nani projects, I am also working on a Regency novella and a romantic semi-autobiographic novel. I have almost finished a collection of short stories and I will publish them soon. I don’t want to be known only as a children’s author. I am a versatile writer.
Anything else you want your readers to know?
Apart from writing, I also read compulsively, and I have a place in my blog devoted to book reviews. I accept submissions for reviews, so have a look at my blog. I don’t know what else I can tell my readers, really. If they have any questions, just contact me. It is very easy and I love talking to my readers.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Little Nani Meets Pandi
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Series: Little Nani, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #9 A sunny day, lots of food, a lovely picnic, the forest, the river, and friends... what could go wrong? Well, Little Nani and her magic wand seem to be always in the middle of some chaotic situation. Read this story to know what happens when their picnic is interrupted by an argument. Don't forget to draw the illustrations!
Little Nani and the Double-Faced Boy
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Series: Little Nani, Book 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #8 One of Little Nani's pet peeves is when people lie... especially if they are telling lies about her. In this story we get to know Witty Guy, a boy who is not very nice. What will happen to him when Little Nani confronts him? We all know that she can do unexpected things with her magic wand. Enjoy this story and the drawing of the illustrations!
Little Nani Meets Captain Bendy Leg
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Series: Little Nani, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #7 Little Nani has lots of friends, but lots of them are animals. In this story we get to know Cutie Danny, who has a special wish. When Little Nani tries to help him to fulfill that wish... well, the results are not the expected ones. Enjoy reading a new funny adventure and drawing the illustrations.
Little Nani and the Wicked Robot
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Series: Little Nani, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #6 Little Nani couldn't imagine that spending the day playing in the cornfield would turn into an eventful day. She meets a special friend and we learn about how to look after the environment. Don't miss a new adventure, and enjoy drawing the illustrations!
Little Nani and the Ghostly Bookworm
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Series: Little Nani, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Horse needs more books, so Little Nani has to go to their local bookshop. There she will get a surprise, since the owner of the bookshop is not what you would expect. What will happen? Will Little Nani be able to solve the problem this person has?
Little Nani and the Penguins
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Series: Little Nani, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #4 When Little Nani discovers the snow for the first time, she cannot be more excited. While going for a ride in the snow with one of her ostriches, she will meet a grumpy farmer and his chickens. What will happen when they meet? Read this funny adventure to discover the ending.
Little Nani and the Caffeine-Addicted Zombie
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Series: Little Nani, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #3 Little Nani is very surprised one morning to hear a lot of noises coming from her kitchen. What will she find there? Her surprise is really big when she discovers there is a Zombie in her kitchen! What will happen?
Little Nani Meets Thunder
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Series: Little Nani, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani #2 Little Nani will meet a new friend in this funny adventure, Thunder. What's special about Thunder? He is a turtle. But he is not an ordinary turtle... he is the fastest turtle in the world! What will happen when he meets Little Nani?
Little Nani and Some Unexpected Events
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Series: Little Nani, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Little Nani discovers in her first adventure that unexpected things can happen when you haven't done everything you were supposed to do. Funny adventure, the first in a series of ten, that will make you laugh, being suitable both for children and children-at-heart.
A Foreigner in London
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
How would you feel if you are in a foreign country and have to deal with loneliness and lack of confidence? This heartfelt short story takes you on an emotional trip through those feelings. Are you ready for the ride?