Interview with Julio Bonilla

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is that I get to tell my stories. I started working on my first story the year before I graduated from college. I self-published "Black Suede Jacket" in 2013.
What are you working on next?
I've currently been working on "My Senior Prom," my third nonfiction story off-and-on. Lately, I've been thinking to myself, "What if I add this and that?" The only way to know the truth is to write it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Hmm . . . I think Stephen King. At the moment, I have around 6 library books in my car or room.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Either it's my job, or my to-do list that I wrote on a post-it the night before or have it in my head.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cleaning the house, biking, reading comic books, going to the mall. I'm currently reading "More. Now. Again: A Memoir of Addiction."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course, I remember "Black Suede Jacket." I started having it translated 2 years ago to Spanish, Italian, French and Cantonese in order to expand the audience. Who else does that? I wonder.
How do you approach cover design?
Back in 2011, when I was trying to come up with the cover for "Two Drinks at a Night's Waltz," I remember I had taken a photo of the neon sign of the Balboa Cafe. Eventually, I found another picture I had taken with my digital camera, modified it, and paid someone to turn it into the eBook cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer nonfiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When did you first start writing?
2010, while taking a college class at San Francisco State University.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That's a two-parter: I had submitted "Black Suede Jacket" for publication to Tate Publishing in Mustang, Oklahoma. They would publish my work for thousands of dollars. Noticing I was being scammed, my brother suggested KDP on Amazon, which led to Draft2digtal and then Smashwords. Meanwhile, I had also been listening to Self Publishing Podcast on iTunes, my iPhone. Like I told my psychiatrist, I just want to tell my story!
Published 2016-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Dos Tragos En Una Noche De Vals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: Spanish. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
La tarde no habia comenzado de esta manera. Dos Tragos En Una Noche De Vals - Julio Bonilla
在兩個飲料 一個晚上的華爾茲
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 270. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
Chaqueta Gamuza Negra
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: Spanish. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Lunes de madrugada. Despierto de la siesta y miro el reloj del auto: 2.30 a.m. Me despejo de golpe.
En Daim NoirVeste
You set the price! Words: 3,120. Language: French. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Lundi matin. Je me réveille de mon somme et regarde l’heure de la voiture : 2 h 30. Veste en daim noire. Une fois émergé, je réalise que j’attends 2 amies comme si j’étais leur chauffeur. C’est à ce moment précis que je décide alors de rentrer chez moi. Je laisse Angela et ma veste préférée alors qu’elle a oublié son paquet de cigarettes dans ma voiture. Quid Pro Quo.
Two Drinks At A Night's Waltz
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: Simple English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
"The afternoon hadn't started like this" - "Two Drinks At A Night's Waltz."
Black Suede Jacket
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: American English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
Then I snapped out of it and realized I had been waiting on 2 friends as if I was their chauffeur. It was at this point where I decided to drive home. I had lent Angela my favorite jacket and she had forgotten her pack of cigarettes in my car. I wondered when I would get my jacket back...