Interview with Juan O. Turon

Describe your desk
My desk is overpopulated with papers, notes, and books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small city in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was raised, mostly, by my paternal grandmother who is a literature professor and author of plays, novels, and didactic grammar manuals. This environment of books and writing influenced me greatly.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when my grandmother put on time out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
El niño es el personaje
que va en busca de su padre
en una odisea que abre
puertas a gente y paisajes.
Con más miedo que coraje
llega por fin a destino
pero le enseña el camino
que nada es más importante
que mirar hacia adelante
autorizando al destino.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to take the chances of being more in control of my work and also the fact that it goes along with today's global market.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, Smashwords has been simple and useful by granting me the control over the end-product and the distribution of my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I derive from writing is the ability to escape my immediate reality.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think of anyone who reads my work as a fan but rather someone who enjoys my storytelling as much as anyone who dislikes it. I am motivated either way, as I don't write for myself but for the world to read.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter and my wife.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a longer manuscript for a novel about the decaying effects of passionate love.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mark Twain, Gerome D. Salinger, Frederick Douglas, and Arthur Miller.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Running my non-profit organization that provides private academic tutoring to children in the community.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks myself though I will start.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first story I ever wrote. My grandmother saved it and it is a decima (10 line stanza).
What is your writing process?
Measuring before cutting. I tend to think every detail over and over prior to spilling it on paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No.
How do you approach cover design?
I designed the cover of Cronica de una Silueta myself by hand and computer. I drew the image, colored it using a black sharpie, and scanned it. I then added the stars and the text plus the colors of the sand and the night sky using Paint.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literature.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Dracula - Bram Stocker
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
El Amor en Tiempos de Colera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ciento Volando de Catorce - Joaquin Sabina (Porque es Joaquin Sabina!)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords link.
Published 2016-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Crónica de una Silueta
Price: $5.15 USD. Words: 21,230. Language: Spanish. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Crónica de una Silueta es una novela breve que transporta al lector a los pies de un niño y su fiel caballo, en un viaje en busca de un padre y una identidad tan elusivos como su pasado. Estas páginas son el producto de una juventud forjada en muchas culturas, de encuentros con personajes cotidianos, y de experiencias que retumban en el corazón del inmigrante.