Interview with Miguel Vargas Corzantes

When did you first start writing?
I was 13 years old when I begun writing stories... I remember the first one was about a group of friends doing rafting in the Snake River in Idaho and were in trouble because suddenly they lost control of the raft. Then I begun to read a lot of different novels -and I mean a lot, really- of different genres, preferring Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Peter Berling, Umberto Eco, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Ken Follet... these great writers that I admire the most are my biggest influences on my writing style. Then, when I was beginning my university career I decided to write a more structured book, a thriller. That I did in 1997. When it was done, I felt amazing, satisfied with the finished work... but I had to put it to the test. Some friends took the book and read it, and said to me it was very good. So, it all begun with a raft, a river and a thrill of adventure.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book I wrote is about the Spanish invasion to Mexico and Central America in the 16th century. The tale is about a Spanish fugitive who suddenly encountered himself in the middle of the invasion campaign to the Americas, and a Mexica warrior with the gift of clairvoyance to find places, treasures and lost cities. So, when Hernan Cortes conquers Tenochtitlan in Mexico, the Spaniard and the Mexica are sent to retrieve a lost map forgotten in a Mayan city. The map contains the path of a conqueror who lost it there and it shows how to reach all the treasures and cities south of Mexico, including El Dorado. In the way, the two of them face lots of perils and become brothers. And when the time comes, they rebel and take the map so no one can use it, and for that they are hunted by the Spanish conquerors and bounty hunters sent by some other men who want the treasures and the land for themselves. All this is shown to the reader within the historical deeds of the most renown conquerors such as Cortes, Pedro de Alvarado and others shown not as heroes, but as humans with internal struggles, vices and virtues, trying to tame their own demons in the middle of the Mexican jungle, whether to conquer all or die trying.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The impulse to manage my own jobs due to the market's characteristics. Locally and internationally, the Spanish novel market is very hard nowadays, and you cannot reach as much people as you want, earning just a little, of course.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords will make my books available easier than sell them in the traditional way. My reach will grow, so lots of people would have the chance to enjoy my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To give birth to a novel. The pleasure I feel when I finish one has no comparison. I put my heart and soul in everything I write and I know that is exactly what the reader wants.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the ones who share my adventures, my passion, tears, joy and dreams. A book is nothing without the fans, so I make my best to deliver stories that move their hearts, shake their heads and open their minds an souls.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a horror novel about a girl that has lost everything in her country, so she decides to become a nun in a strange, dark nunnery in England where she encounters strange things... her soul is tormented by the things she has done, so she asks for a confessor, but the man who hears her on the other side of the confessionary is non other than the devil.
Who are your favorite authors?
As I said before, Tom Clancy, Peter Berling, Umberto Eco, Ken Follet, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Michael Crichton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I find my inspiration in following my dreams. And I work every day to accomplish them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work. Ha ha! No kidding. I am working with the UN right now, and believe me, I have a lot to do. And part of that job, since is a role in communication, includes professional photography, news making and travelling a lot to get new things to show to the people, both in the countryside of my office post and to other countries. I am a professional photographer as well and I have been very lucky to find my work published by big names in the media such as Marie Claire Magazine, The Guardian and Thompson Reuters. Beside that, I like to go to the movies a lot. I don't read as much novels as before because since I write, I need time to do research for my new books. I am studying two Communications Masters as well, so as you can imagine, I have my time entirely covered.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes! It was Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I read it when I was 12 and it amazed me a lot, made me imagine, dream to reach new heights no matter what others said. I discovered I can be whoever I wanted, and be the best by being different.
Published 2016-04-18.
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Books by This Author

Relatos de Guatemala y otros cuentos fantásticos
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,310. Language: Spanish. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Basados en leyendas, historias reales contadas por sus protagonistas y personajes del pasado, Relatos de Guatemala y otros cuentos fantásticos muestra la otra cara de la realidad chapina, con raíces en su sincretismo religioso maya y cristiano, la sencillez y alegría de su pueblo, las glorias y pesares de su historia.
Yo, que te amé como al mar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,730. Language: Spanish. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
En una remota isla del Pacífico, un tsunami de proporciones colosales separa violentamente a una pareja, quedando ambos a merced de su propio destino. Desalentado, Mich abandona el lugar. Cuatro años después, vuelve a la isla para investigar la desaparición de su amada, encontrando riesgos mortales, una red de engaños y secretos que le mostrarán la verdad oculta a él por años: Elena está viva.