Yes, it was a short story about fantasy as a living person, fairies and other creatures in the woods. The name was The Spell of Horak and Fantasy. I was fourteen
What is your writing process?
Well, basically, the inspiration arrives. I can be in my car and the idea appears in my mind. Then, I need to get my laptop right away! Starting to write until the words practically come alone and the story comes alive. The third part, when all is developed, is the proof reading part: check, check and check!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are: 1. - Crime and Punishment, Fedor Dostoyevsky. Because it was my first book and I ended totally captivated for Rodia's tormented mind. His theories about life had no precedent to me. Dostoyevsky showed me this psychological process and it was fascinating. But he was not the only interesting character. Piotr Petrovich is, to me, a unique kind of villain with no match in literature. Sonia, the prostitute, like a Mary Madeleine, finds her redemption through the pain of Rodia. It is a deep plot. Don't believe I can do it justice with a few lines. It would take pages to describe all my favorite parts in this book and still today, each time I submerge myself in that world, it can produce an emotional response.
2. - The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde. It is a great book. I was immediately trapped by the initial argument: Dorian’s desire of being forever young. When mortality was out of the scene and he exposed himself to unlimited pleasures… Eternity just wasn’t enough. The moral degradation was described by Wilde with brilliant irony. He is a hero to me, audacious and daring.
3. - The dead zone. Stephen King is a writer with a style out of any scale. I have traveled across his worlds and never felt disappointed. Johnny and his unwanted gift gave me a lot of totally new emotions and still do it.
4. - The dark tower (saga). Stephen King. The premise of a parallel universe where Roland lives and how his attractive story is developed made me love this book since the page one. All the elements were amazing to me: the dysfunctional gang that Roland invokes from our world, original villains as the man in black and Blain the mono. It was an exciting journey and I enjoyed it across the years between one book and another.
5. - Les Misérables. Victor Hugo's book had all the elements to fall in love with it. He put in words the social unbalance of the time, the suffering poor class, wounded by the power of the rich without any alternative. And despite the fact that hope could be an unreachable fantasy, Jean Valjean and Fantine still find reasons to live. After years of unjustified abuse and degradation, they still believed in God. To me they represented Hope. The honors students ready to die for their beliefs and the triumph of love, between Cosette and Marius. I just couldn't resist.
Describe your desk
It is very neat, actually. I don't write on paper these days. So, it is my laptop, basically, and the devices (cell phone, mouse and a lot of USB cables).
When did you first start writing?
I remember a tree in my house’s backyard. When I was twelve, started to climb it every day when the sunset loomed on the horizon. And there, I wrote in a little notebook thoughts. Poems by a teenager in love. There, on that tree.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Moon & Ocean no barriers is the story of an impossible love. A gay man, a straight woman. A nonsense. But despite of society, reason and even of themselves, that feeling survives and remain almost intact across a journey of discrimination, overcoming and the evolution of their souls. And it is interesting how the characters change and the relationship prevails. I think it is a story like no other and I am very proud of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to be a published author, but it was easier to climb a high mountain. It was unreachable for most of the writers and only if you're lucky could join that very select group of authors. So, although late (I have just joined this party) I am very happy to make my dream come true and it has been possible thanks to the accessible and innovative self-publishing platforms for indie authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love what I am doing right now. I am doing what I've always wanted to do. That's the greatest joy. Love my job.
What are you working on next?
I am writing the second book of Moon & Ocean. Which will be centered on Mauro Ferrer story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde, Nalini Singh, John Green, J K Rowling, Jo Davis and Alexis Morgan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love what I am doing right now. It is my biggest motivator.
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