Interview with Francisco Rebollo

What do you read for pleasure?
Lots of non-fiction. (Quotes, poetry, almanacs, short pieces;) and a few, very carefully chosen longer works.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle app on my smartphone
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Producing free content (like poetry and articles) on my blog. Direct social media participation (not spamming.)
Describe your desk
My desk was being thrown out of a bank! They were clearing their old furniture one day. I drove by and saw it on the sidewalk. I walked in and asked if I could have it. I got a free chair too.
Physically, it is a wooden desk about 100 cm (3 feet) by 60 cm (2 feet), it must be pine cause it's very heavy to move. (I've moved house about 6 times with it.)
I love to look at the tree rings on its surface, especially when I'm writing and get stuck for a word.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in crazy, dangerous and strangely beautiful Mexico City. I had friends from all over the world. Mexico City is a place where you can find anything and anyone. I had an information overload growing up. The influential cultures that converged on me where Mexican (Spanish and Indigenous,) American, European, Middle Eastern, and Jewish.
The volcanoes that surround Mexico City have always blown my mind (when visible.)
When did you first start writing?
As a child. I wrote and drew my own comics sometimes. By my teen years I regularly wrote song lyrics to my own music. In my twenties I backpacked and wrote poetry. It all got shelved when I became a pilot in my late twenties, but I took to writing again around 2012. By 2013 my writing became my focal point when I got grounded due to injuries. This year (2015) I've finally published my first novel at age 45.
What's the story behind your latest book?
An mid-air encounter with a mysterious ball of light -the Orb- changes everything for a young airline pilot and the child he loves. It's a love story which unfolds in and around airplanes, and within the wider context of a dystopian 'altered world.'
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't feel I had time to wait around for rejection emails. I strongly felt that the main objective was to release my novel. I wanted it out there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm very impressed with the platform. Being new at this, I hope that it will help me connect with many readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the process. I go into the world of the characters. It's like watching a movie. Like a trance. There is freedom in that.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
My collection of poetry and prose, and part two to 'ORB.'
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Bach, John Fante, Orwell, Rumi, Phillip K. Dick, Anthony Burgess
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's s much to do! If I get a chance to, I surf or just swim in the ocean.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
More or less: A man, a ship, leaving... not being sure about ever returning.
What is your writing process?
I write down ideas as they come to me, wherever I am. I then sit down and work on them, many times, until there's something good.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Comic books like 'spiderman' exposed me to big concepts.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea. Then I talk an artist or a designer. They know what they're doing - I don't.
Published 2015-10-09.
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