Joel G. Gomes

Biography

Joel G. Gomes nasceu no Barreiro e vive na Moita, mas já passou por mais terras.

O seu primeiro romance, "Um Cappuccino Vermelho", publicado em 2012, foi bem recebido por quem gostou dele e não tão bem recebido por outras pessoas. Em princípio o mesmo irá acontecer com o seu próximo romance, "A Imagem", a publicar em 2014.

Viu também vários dos seus guiões serem realizados por indíviduos capazes. A saber:

O ATRASO (curta-metragem, realizada por David Rebordão)
A CHAMADA (curta-metragem, realizada por Vasco Rosa)
REAL PLAYING GAME (longa-metragem, co-autor da versão original, escrita e realizada por David Rebordão)

Além destes que foram feitos, há outros que estão por fazer. Descubra quais em www.joelggomes.com

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing it come to life. I get lazy sometimes, I find reason after reason to postpone, but once I'm writing it's very hard to stop. Especially when I start asking questions. Once I do that it will be hard to stop until I have all the answers or something pretty close to it.

Another thing I enjoy deeply when I write is the journey. Most of my stories start with a simple thought that turns into a plot that turns into the beginning of a story. Once I have that beginning, I'm often able to visualize the end. Other times, I just go straight to the end, with no beginning, no story, no plot, nothing - just that final scene, that final image. And I think to myself:
'This is interesting? How do I get there?'
'Start writing,' says another voice.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried main-publishing once or twice. After I carefully researched what they usually publish and what were the rules of submission (they're very picky on those), I send out two manuscripts - one for a suspense novel with hints of fantastic and the other for a book of humorous traveling Chronicles. (They're both on my profile. The first is "Um Cappuccino Vermelho", the second is "Pátria Atravessada".) I didn't get a positive response for either one of them, but that's not what bothered me. What bothered me was the amount of time they took to respond. I later understood and admitted that those two books were far from perfect (despite what I believed when I sent them), but having to wait so long for an answer was the worst.

I heard about vanity publishing and decided to check it out. I soon discovered that they all loved my book, even that one made entirely of shopping lists. Wow! It almost sounded too good to be true. Oh! Wait a second! I have to pay to get publish? And to get the text revised? And edited? And I have to pay to get book-presentations organized and to have my book on the shelves, not just on the deposit? On second thought, I'm not that vain. Plus, I'm not dumb either.

It's not that I don't have the money to spent, but I prefer to spend it in my own terms and take charge of everything, from selling to shipping to marketing. It takes a lot of work, but it has been worth it.
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Books

Pátria Atravessada
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 37,870. Language: Portuguese. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Um olhar humorístico sobre Portugal durante o ano do Centenário da República.

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Smashwords book reviews by Joel G. Gomes

  • The Believer on Jan. 01, 2012

    I loved the characters. They all sounded believable and genuine. The plot was well developed. I appreciated the attention to details - i.e. the differences between the world of today and the one they'd left a thousand years ago. The ending of final scene was amazing. Vlad's assessment of the modern world was dead on. I adored how, despite Brother Sebastian's insistence in seeing Vlad as the evil one, he chose to let him live. Definetely worth recommending.
  • Coryanna: A Short Story on Jan. 01, 2012

    Despite some typos and misused punctuation, this was a very interesting story. I felt like some of it could have been developed a little more, perhaps using other locations. Aside from that, it was quite enjoyable. So much so, that it convinced me to read more of your stories. Expect more reviews any time soon!
  • Z on March 10, 2013

    Gostei muito deste conto, ou melhor, destes contos. Além de bem escritos, bem desenvolvidos e dinâmicos, a forma como se interrelacionam uns com os outros está feita de uma maneira muito interessante. É uma boa apresentação, sem dúvida, e uso o termo 'apresentação' porque acredito que o potencial para histórias protagonizadas por Z não se esgota aqui. Venham mais!
  • Alfa 33 e o Furúnculo de Salazar on April 13, 2013

    "Alfa 33 e o Furúnculo de Salazar" é um conto que combina a subversão da realidade de "Portugal - Directors Cut" com o humor do blogue Inépcia. Está sucinto, está cómico, começa bem e acaba bem. Gostei.
  • Punchline on April 13, 2013

    Este conto fez lembrar-me muitas coisas boas sem parecer que estava a copiá-las, o que é óptimo. Humor bem doseado, universo e personagens bens construídos (não obstante algumas opções que aqui não referirei). Uma boa combinação entre a Killer Joke dos Monty Python e o conto "Jokester" do Asimov.
  • There's No Business Like (reality) Show Business on April 13, 2013

    Neste conto Renato Carreira afasta-se (um pouco) do seu humor corrosivo para nos apresentar uma história que parece mais uma antevisão do que uma crítica. De facto, depois de tudo o que temos visto na televisão portuguesa, é de admirar que ainda não tenhamos chegado aqui.
  • Ego on April 13, 2013

    Conto curto, mas pejado de substância. Forte crítica ao pretenciosismo e à arte que não é arte; tudo isto bem recheado com muito humor. Lê-se como um sketch, visualiza-se como um sketch. A frase final é uma óptima punchline.
  • The Pretender – Rebirth on Oct. 16, 2013

    I've been a fan of The Pretender since I watched the first episode, nearly thirteen years ago. After four TV seasons and two movies, it went into a forced hiatus ("NBC, where good shows go to die") until, finally, in 2013, the show's creators, Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle got their rights back and decided to give (re)birth to this universe. "The Pretender - Rebirth" does not continue from where we were left on "Island of the Haunted", it goes back to the beginning and even further than that. Forget the old universe, but not completely - it's all still there, only twenty years into the future. Using the layout of the pilot episode as the basis for this novel, Steve and Craig managed to surprise me constantly by letting me think I knew what was coming. This is a story full of twists - some of which are from scenes we have already seen on screen, others are not. The "twenty year push" works well and was necessary to bring the show closer to a new number of fans. Aside from the technological aspects of the story (Jarod using an iPad instead of his traditional red notebooks and the modernized SIM-lab), the biggest update here was in terms of character development. Before reading this novel, I've read some reviews complaining the poor characterizations present here. Well, not to criticize a critic, but who knows the characters better than the people who created them? The actors gave wonderful performances, but they could never go inside their character's mind the way Steve and Craig can. No doubt, we were left stranded with no official original Pretender content for far too many years. Perhaps because of that, some people now tend to view some characterizations of a softer Miss Parker as being the right one (just to mention one example). Either that or they forgot all about how Miss Parker used to be at the beginning of the show. Still on the subject of characters, be ready for some surprises. Most of the old faces are still here and the new ones have definitely earned the right for more development in the upcoming novels. In sum, "The Pretender - Rebirth" sets the bar high for what is coming next. It is a good novel, with plenty of action, well-plotted and nicely written. Whether you're an old fan (I'm not really old, just 33) of the show or you know nothing about it, you'll have a good time reading it.
  • A Linha Recta do Corvo on Feb. 01, 2014

    Só não foi uma agradável surpresa porque o Manuel Alves produzir boas histórias não deve ser surpresa para ninguém.
  • The Pretender-Saving Luke on May 16, 2014

    Following right after the events portrayed in The Pretender: Rebirth, The Pretender: Saving Luke is the reason why oxygen masks were invented. It's intense, frantic, emotional and funny. When I read The Pretender: Rebirth I thought it had set the bar pretty high. And it did. Nevertheless, The Pretender: Saving Luke manages to set the bar even higher. The main reason for this is that, while the previous book was inevitably compared to what we used to know from the TV show, The Pretender: Saving Luke has its own identity. Story-wise, The Pretender: Saving Luke it's a page-turner filled with Easter eggs (even though the story takes place in October). Unlike The Pretender: Rebirth, it reads like a novel written by two novelists, instead of a novel written by two screenwriters. (Being both myself, I understand how hard it can be to switch from one writing technique to the other.) The characters are even more believable, and the appearance of fan-favorite characters like Broots and Mr. Raines was a very nice surprise. Was it Angelo the "friend" who helped Jarod with his first escape attempt shown in chapter 1? Perhaps we'll find it out in the next book. I sense it will set the bar even higher.