Interview with Alex R. Encomienda

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes, I remember quite vividly actually. I was just a curious little boy getting in trouble with my friends in our English class. my teacher asked everyone to write a made up story and pin it to a drawing next to it. I was very interested because I could write anything I wanted and there were no rules! well I wrote my story about a monster (I watched too many movies) that would eat kids. It was actually a bit long so I had to cut it short. since then I wished every assignment was to write a story, haha.
What is your writing process?
well, firstly I need some solace. I need to be able to hear myself think and maybe listen to a little prog rock in the process. I come up with a core idea randomly during the day and save it on my phone. when I get time I always brainstorm and write down little notes that I find intriguing. i'll use lyrics from songs or quotes from artists to get some kind of visual idea that corresponds to my story and the rest just seems to flow into nice (sometimes sloppy) words. I'm always thinking though, so my brain is always on!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I remember reading the Velveteen rabbit when I was a child. I used to love the artwork and I think it sort of scared me a little too. it was such a sad but brilliant story that I think about now more than I did back then.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately I've been reading a lot of Maxwell Maltz because there were some issues I needed to understand a little better and his books are surprisingly helpful. it feels different reading them at such a time in my life which is much different from when I first started reading his books. those were some dark times though, really. I also have been "trying" to read Moby Dick by Herman Melville but it's just so long! There is an epic album based off of it which is why I want to read it so bad.
Describe your desk
Right now, messy. I've been so in and out of zones that sometimes I forget to clean up some trash. I have some papers here, envelopes there, some CD's laying around. Most of the time I keep it very plain though. I'm not much of a snacker when I'm writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well I've been writing for a long time but I've only been able to finish one novel. Sometimes the process can be very tedious and frustrating so for the past years I've been focused on short stories and poetry. Earlier this year I came across a very surreal idea after waking up from a dream. I knew I was ready for another novel. I read up on the practice of astral travel and ethereal realms so I decided to make a story about a Spanish soldier who has been guilty of treason so he flees and meets an old man who practices shamanism and divinations. The story is just very complex and even includes a mythical cult, a gypsy war, it's just very epic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To me, writing and plotting is very exciting. especially when I just randomly come up with such a genius idea and I can't wait to fit that somewhere in the story. Out of everything though, it's that unique moment where I'm somewhere in the middle of my story and suddenly everything makes so much sense and everything is just so vividly clear in my mind that I can see, feel and hear what's going on. That's the moment where I feel the story has reached another level of brilliance. I'm sure many writers get those surreal feelings as well.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans? Haha, well I am just grateful for even having the ability to think clearly enough to put together a story, and if people love it and enjoy what I write, that's beautiful! I hope to continue writing and spreading my work around so more people can become inspired to do something creative as well!
What are you working on next?
Well, I'm not sure if many people will read what I write but I like to stay hopeful. If those same readers that enjoyed my short stories follow my other works, they'll get an other side of what they're used to. I am working on some poetry that I started writing during my last writing workshop in 2014. Some of it is emotional and sensitive, some are angry and wrathful, and others are just plain goofy. There is a good balance of everything.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I love spending time with family. I live in Phoenix so every once in a while I enjoy small trips up north where it's much colder. Northern Arizona is such a beautiful scenic place it's hard to leave when you're enjoying it so much. I love wine tasting. recently, I found out about this little place in Jerome, Arizona where there is great wine and the vibe is just very nice. Other than that fancy stuff, I enjoy gaming, jogging, eating Chinese takeout and watching wrestling. exciting, huh?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God inspires me to get out of bed and keep moving forward. Honestly, there are times where I just feel hopeless and need some kind of crutch. God is the crutch that helps me walk. Also, my loved ones keep me sane and strong. Basically, just some kind of faith that no matter how bad something is, If you're a good person and pray to God, things will change. Faith is others is just as important as faith in God these days. Everyone has their days where they feel defeated and hurt. We just need to work together instead of completing with each other.
Published 2015-09-18.
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The Greta Situation
Price: Free! Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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The Aircraft Man
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"The Aircraft Man" is a peculiar tale of two friends that venture out into the desert of New Mexico on a quest to unveil the mysterious UFO that is believed to be conducted by the government. Through an unlikely friendship, the duo becomes real adventurers seeking truths.
The Spiral: Two ghosts and a procession
Price: Free! Words: 9,360. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Spiral is an odd tale of destiny and mythology and what we believe as human beings. When a little boy wishes upon a star, he believes that a Hindu God passed through the galaxy and caused a time ripple. Through tragic memories and heartwarming moments, he must understand that life is a three dimensional experience and anything can happen.
Nima the Enigma
Price: Free! Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Nima the Enigma is a very emotional and haunting tale of the entity of love. When Nima discovers his wife has done something terrible, he ploys to save her spirit from damnation using the mystical abilities he was given. In an adventurous yet saddening journey through the imagination of Alex R. Encomienda, Nima the Enigma is one story that must be read.