I try to use elements that will capture the story. It can be characters, places or objects that play a key role in the story, and that will hopefully pique the readers interest.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's hard to choose just five books. I guess my favorites (right now) are the 5 current books in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. I love the series because of its depth, complexity and compelling characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci-fi & fantasy are my favorite genres, though I also love spy thrillers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mexico City, which is one of the biggest, busiest, most chaotic places in the world (laughs). I went through some very interesting situations, and met many an interesting person in Mexico City, which have definitely influeced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing all of my life, really. Ever since I was a kid, I would write short stories or even songs (laughs), because my dream was to become a professional musician. As far as novels go, I started writing my current series, The Keeper of the Balance, about 8 years ago. It's taken me an average of 2 years to write each book in the series, but it's been one of the most rewarding experiences that I've ever had.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't like to have my creativity limited in any way, shape or form. I also don't want a few people to decide what thousands of potential readers might want. I know there are people like me out there, who will love my books. It's just a matter of finding them. And being an indie author provides me with the kind of freedom that I've always wanted to have in everything I do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Picturing these characters and situations in my head. I especially enjoy finding the right path when I get stuck at some point in the story.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on The Last Bastion, which will be the fourth and final book in The Keeper of the Balance series. And the experience is bittersweet, I must say, because I'm really looking forward to creating an epic climax to this story, but I've spent so many years working with this wonderful world and characters that it'll be hard to say good bye.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Aldus Huxley, George Orwell, Robert Ludlum, Ken Follet, Michael Ende, Herman Hesse...and these are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head right now. There are just too many great authors out there to remember them all.
What is your writing process?
I'm a very methodical planner, to be honest. I picture my stories from start to finish and this is exactly how I write them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. The fact that you can make a mark on a perfect stranger through your work is mind-boggling to say the least.
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