Interview with Juan Bouzas

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The truth is that I feel very comfortable writing stories. I like to imagine situations and characters who engage in them. So I sit at the keyboard and start writing. At first thought only cover a few pages, creating short stories, but as development progressed, I felt I could write more and more, I could give grant a quasi real life to my imaginary characters. Finally, I decided that everything that made me feel good and, therefore, almost without realizing it, I became a writer.
Why do you publish in Spanish only?
On the one hand, a large portion of the American population is Spanish speaking, so I think works in Spanish are popular with readers. On the other hand, Smashwords is accessible from anywhere in the world, and do not forget that in the world there are more than five hundred million people whose mother tongue is Spanish. However, I do have plans to translate my works into English soon in order to accede to English-speaking readers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I really do not look for inspiration, just think about what I would do instead of a particular character and in a specific situation. Then I try to change that attitude to give an unique personality to the character, and finally I write it. My muse is life, everything around me, my memory and the ability to imagine. When I wake up every day, I do not obsess about writing. I simply live a normal life, and when I have time and I feel nice, I sit at the computer and write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
(Laughter) I have my job, that with which I can support my family. The authorship is not enough to live, at least as far as I'm concerned. So, I am dedicated to my profession as area manager of a construction company and seeking projects worldwide.
What is your writing process?
When an idea comes to my mind, I simply start writing about it. That's when I start to shape an argument globally. And only when the main ingredients are in the pot I begin to incorporate dressings and sauces. Sometimes I leave this project for a few weeks, and when I come back, I see it differently. Sometimes I add characters or situations, and sometimes I replace complete fragments. Once I have a first draft, I submit it to the severe judgment of my wife, daughters and very close friends. That's when I realize that the work is worse than I thought... From that moment is when I really start to compose something with a certain meaning and value.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with many Muslims in several countries. Most of them are very good people. They are generous and kind people who are eager to make your life more comfortable. However, I could see some animosity in some of them towards my Christian origin, but mostly for being Western. Later, then the atrocious attack on New York towers, and soon after the attack at Madrid trains and a bus bombing in London. In several friendly talks with some of my clients from Middle East and North Africa appeared often, laughing but consciously, their old Islamic claim to reconquer the Iberian peninsula and turn it again into Muslim territory. All this, years later, led me to conceive of a story that could mix all these aspects, and the fact is that a year after completing the Afghan caliph, everything begins to develop as I had planned in my imagination : the Islamic State pretending to conquer Spain, and jihadist terrorism increasing more and more due to huge amount of money that they get from fundamentalists, weapon dealings and the sales of oil to some neighbouring countries at low cost. But above all, by the horror generated throughout the world. A real madness for the mankind.
Published 2015-01-29.
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