Interview with Edmundo Farolan

What's the story behind your latest book?
I had most of these stories in paper format and with the new digital and free publication of ebooks, I said, why not publish? So I had to painstakingly copy my typewritten stories into digital format.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Just like film where it's so easy to be indie these days, so has the publication world. At one time, you had to pay so much money to self-publish because ink, paper and postage was so expensive. Now everything is so convenient and free with ebook publishing companies like kobo, lulu and smash words helping indie authors promote and sell books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just started with them and I hope to publish more books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a joy because it's my vocation. I was born to be a writer and I must write because it's a God-given talent.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans yet but I hope if people read my works that they'll appreciate my writings.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Faulkner, Albee.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on more short stories and a novel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A concept or an idea for a story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like watching movies and going to musicals, especially Broadway musicals.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I don't. It's probably one of the stories in my new Ebook "Death in Tianjin and other stories ". Maybe it was "Cresos the Fool."
What is your writing process?
I just let the story flow, then I do a second draft, and lastly, the final draft.
How do you approach cover design?
With black and white cover design I did for "Death in Tianjin", the Background colour was black and the Chinese characters on the foreground is the Chinese translation of Death in Tianjin and other stories.
With "Johnny, Jimmy and Joey at Klamath Falls", the picture of Oregon's Crater Lake served as the background.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Grapes of Wrath, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Catcher in the Rye and Death of a Salesman.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hemingway's short stories. "Death in Tianjin" was influenced by his style: curt and straightforward dialogues and nar rations.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read much these days. I prefer watching movies and musicals.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
PDF and iBooks
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I contact family and friends who contact others.
Describe your desk
iPad, desktop, laptop, paper and pencil.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manila, Madrid and different cities in Canada. My experience with friends, events, observing day to day happenings-- all these come into play with my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I remember quite clearly when I was a child. I woke up because the moon was so bright, a clear sky and a full moon, and that's when thoughts and verses ran through my head. So I said, "I must write all this down."
What Next?
I'm looking at everything I wrote since the 1960s when I started publishing and my goal is to digitalize these books and convert them to ebooks.
Published 2017-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Johnny, Jimmy and Joey at Klamath Falls and Other Stories
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
Tragedy, humor, social issues and nostalgia are the themes of this collection of short stories. They reflect memories, fictionalized memoirs, so to speak, of the author's friends and family.
A Death in Tianjin and other stories
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 17,830. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Humour, tragedy, and drama is reflected in this collection of stories.