Interview with Richard Esteves

What objective did you have in writing your first novel?
My mindset with The Madrid Trumpet Affair was to write a novel where the readers are led through an informal tour of Madrid, along with San Sebastian and Paris. As the internet has completely changed the landscape for traditional guide books, my aim was to give a personalized tour through its taverns and restaurants, tapas, jazz clubs, parks, and ambiance as it is today during times of globalization and economic crisis. Along the way a soundtrack steadily evolves touching on numerous genres, including but not limited to jazz, Latin jazz, coplas, flamenco, and world music. Once the background has been painted, the readers follow a fast moving suspenseful tale involving a myriad of colorful characters.
When did you first start writing?
I found my initial inspiration to write when I was backpacking through Europe. I maintained a habit of keeping a diary. Each day I would take notes on my observations of everything that caught my senses; the locals, food, music, architecture, and everything which made each destination unique. It eventually evolved into writing fiction based on my findings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What I've always enjoyed is exploring Madrid on foot. It's such a vibrant and dynamic city that is constantly changing, yet steeped in history. I wander about, hoping to stumble upon the hidden tavern I hadn't known about or the quaint restaurant that has somehow eluded me.
Published 2016-08-30.
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Books by This Author

The Madrid Trumpet Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,000. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A 28 year old musician from New York goes to Europe for the first time. The reader is led through a cultural tour of Madrid, Basque Country, and Paris with a backdrop of music and gastronomy. The protagonist's explorations have him tangled up in an assassination causing global political chaos and the brink of World War 3. On the lam he goes looking for answers in a thrilling suspenseful tale.