Interview with Santiago Muguiro

What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite are probably fiction and fantasy novels, especially if there is magic and castles involved. The reason for this is that I I am attracted to anything that is magic, and I also like the medieval age very much. It helps me have a good time and improve my writing skills. My favourite book of all is Le Morte D'Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory. Although it is quite complicated, it represents the traditional folk fantasy of the era.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am out taking photographs and observing wildlife. Aside from being a writer, I enjoy photojournalism very much.
How do you approach cover design?
I use my own techniques and my imagination. I love photography and art, so I combine those skills and knowledge and turn it into my cover. A cover, for me, is a masterpiece as important as the book itself.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy novels and historical fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I haven't had many, though I would say the Barnes & Noble Nook. I like it's screen.
Describe your desk
It's quite organised to be mine. A lap top with its cover on top, an open notebook, two pens, five pencils and stacked sheets of paper (I like to draw), an eraser, and the box of the game Warcraft III Reign of Chaos, I am a huge fan.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a city, though I do not think that influenced my writing much. I hardly ever went out, and my mind was constantly wandering to lost times and fairy tales, between my dreams and my reading, which I did very often.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school, but I never finished a book until I was in college, and this is because I am a perfectionist, and no book I wrote back then satisfied me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a title in my head that kept bugging me. "The Unknown Waters". I let it rest in my head for two years, without knowing what to do with it, until one night I had a most exciting dream, which revealed to me the end of a story. I worked backwards from there and then I finally had the story I had been looking for.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest feeling is when I see my effort and brain squashing a success when other people enjoy what I have written. I want everyone to experience the joy of reading a great captivating story that takes them out of their agitated reality for a while.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. It is everything I write for. To reach more people and send them a message, encrypted or not, through the art of words. To let them enjoy a good story once in a while.
Published 2016-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Unknown Waters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,530. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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The island of Breasal, an ancient civilization to the north of Wales, is disturbed by an unnamed and ancient evil after centuries of peace. Now Seumas, an innocent farm boy from the village of Cian, must learn the ancient ways of the Faeries when a mysterious girl appears in his life and turns it upside down, and the peaceful people of Breasal must prepare for an invasion coming from the south.