Interview with Jose Moreno

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Let's see...the first story I read was "Tom Sawyer". I believe I was in 5th grade. It was not required reading in school; I read it because I use to watch the cartoon version.
How do you approach cover design?
I think aesthetic cover design is not about doing something that gets the attention of people right away: it should be something that allows that reader to see, symbolically, what they are about to read so that, when they finish the book, they can look back at the cover and say to themselves, "I see the significance of the cover; that is why that cover is a great cover."
What are your five favorite books, and why?
You will be surprised to know that my 5 favorite books are not fiction: first, I like "thus spoke zarathustra", because it is a great way to present a philosophy of life without analisis.
Another book that I like is Heidegger's "Being and time" because he tries to create a new way of speaking about the world, by trying to avoid words that were too common among other philosphers.
Another book that I like is "the mirror of Nature".
I also like the books that were written by Einstein because he can simplify, with simple words, something that seems complicated.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like to read philosophy books or books that are about some philosophical issue.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Regular computers! I need to buy soon a Kindle device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Given that I am an educator and I am not really an introverted person, It works well for me when I talk to people about my book, even when I go out to dance to a loud club! after people here me talk about philosophy and science, they really want to know more. I suggest to them that they could read my book.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I work in the living room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mexico. I am not really sure how that affects my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Oh! I feel like I have been writing my whole life. I always have stories in my head; however, is until now that I am actually putting them on paper in order to share them with others. I actually wrote my first short story when I was about 7 years of age.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a lot to say about that. like I said in the introduction of the book, I find the relation between humans and machines interesting; I decided to write about a situation where that relation is significant in order to illustrated and criticize that relation. I believe that as technology becomes more and more complex, people, at some point, will find my book to show that I understood, before many people, the futuristic frame of mind: In the future, there will be hopeless "romantics" that will be against the development of technology. Even if things do not happen exactly the way a see them in my book, I believe those "hopeless romantics" will find my book to be very interesting.
Another reason for writing my book is that, many authors in western culture, do not seem to understand the meaning of the word "materialism". Even our scientist prefer to stick to the word "empiricism" when they describe the data they obtain. I have a materialistic outlook of life which is not captured even by many dystopia stories.
Lastly, in my book, in the form of a parody, I show how it is possible to maintain a materialistic view of life and a "spiritual" life at the same time: it is a popular view in our "pop" society to think of them as being separate things. I imply at the end of the book how they are not necessarily "mutually exclusive".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ideas were just pouring out of my head. And they keep pouring out. I do not even need motivation to write. I just do it because my head just does not stop giving me new ideas. I predict at least 3 more books coming out of it; whenever I have the time, I will put them on paper.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am glad about smashwords because this is the future; it is funny that you ask me that question given that I wrote a book about technology replacing drastically old ways of doing things.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
to be able to share it with other people
What do your fans mean to you?
The mean so much for me because I feel that I share my intellect with others and the act is reciprocated.
Published 2013-09-23.
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Books by This Author

DysFUNCTIOpia
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You set the price! Words: 63,490. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the year 2054, functiomatons take over the jobs of many people. Baron Cortez, an intelligent teenager, forms a "functio-guerilla" in order to vandalize "Functiomatons" using a device that he invented, thinking that is "morally wrong" to allow "inanimate" objects be part of society.