I don´t start with the classic blank page. When an idea comes to my mind, then I go to the computer and start writing. The most common is that I imagine a character who starts telling me his/her story, and I write it. I don´t follow a routine of hours working or amount of words as a daily objective. But when I find the path, I can work for hours.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a kid, maybe 7 or 8 years old. On my birthday, a father´s friend gave me 3 books as a present. The one that had the most impact on me was Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. His characters, the adventure in the sea, the drama of the white whale hunting and the fantasy of that world, enhanced my imagination, were marked for me forever. In some way, it modified my life, because my illusion of travel and navigation was born. My novel Against Destiny is part of that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite writer is Gabriel García Márquez. One hundred years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, are those that for me contain all their magical reality. Also from my first time as a reader, I became fond of Russian writers. Fyodor Dostoevsky had a lot of fun with his stories. I remember the surrealism of The Crocodile. The Mexicans, Juan Rulfo with his fantasy of the world of the dead in Pedro Páramo and Carlos Fuentes, with the Most transparent region are also my favorites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I find that reading on my Kindle is joyful.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Mexico City, a father painter artist, and a romantic dreamer mother. As a child, I lived in the suburbs of the city, and with the gang of children, we could walk to where there were corn crops, cows, a river, and we hunted lizards. But my father liked traveling around the country a lot. So I began to learn the diversity of Mexican culture and admire the beauty of landscapes. I started imagining children's stories during those trips and my father encouraged me by listening to them. I discovered that I could write for magazines when I offered my story with photographs of my vacation and they bought it, asking me to write a story every month.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story of Odyssey was born of daily events in Mexico and anywhere in the world. The news is of war, of crimes, drug trafficking, and kidnappings. I'm romantic and adventurous, and that's where the stories of my previous novels have come from. Now I wanted to get away from those issues and face the reality of life. Against my will, I made my character, Luciene, a beautiful woman, host of a TV show, kidnapped, raped and humiliated. The reasons are the power born of drug trafficking and excessive ambitions. My satisfaction was to have given the woman the opportunity for revenge.
What are you working on next?
I am working with a new collection of short stories and with another of my novels that are being translated into English. In the intervals of the writing, when one is left blank when finishing a novel, I return to work with sculpture. I'm going to start doing aerial photography with the drone, something that seems to me like a tale of magical realism.
What is in the future for you?
I do not see that there is much future for me. I am 85 years young and I do not think I have much time left. But I do not want to be pessimistic, so I hope my other novels are translated into English or any other language and I hope to complete a new collection of short stories.
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