Interview with Jerico Santiago

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Truthfully there’s nothing that makes me want to get out of bed. I one-hundred percent try to go back to sleep until my stomach begins to grumble for food or my body starts to ache.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m either at work or I’m watching movies or TV shows. I hope to start going out for walks to get a bit more of fresh air.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not. I’ve written and erased so many stories that they’ve become a jumble of irrelevant words.
What is your writing process?
That is a good question. I don’t really have a writing process, I just jump into my writing. I don’t really revise or edit anything after. You can say that everything I write is stuck in first draft.
What do you read for pleasure?
Of course! I’ve loved reading since I was a child. Unfortunately, that hobby has dimmed down a little and I really can’t seem to get myself into reading as much as I used to.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It’s by complete accident. I don’t read ebooks very often, but when I do it’s not because I’m searching whole heartedly, I normally just click on the first thing I see.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely my phone. I don’t like reading in computers or tablets, I like when paragraphs margins are wide, that way I don’t lose my place when reading.
Describe your desk
Literally anything is my desk. Since I don’t have my own private desk, my dining table, my lap, or my bed become my desk and the variation of it is always different. I’m always working in clean, semi-clean, or dirty surfaces.
When did you first start writing?
I actually started writing back in 2011 and since then I haven’t been able to stop. However I haven’t been able to finish a story either.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I actually don’t know where this plot came from. I’m still trying to figure out the quirks behind it, so it’s going to take a while for me to publish. But, if I want to find a reason behind it, I guess I can say it’s the stories that come from my culture. My grandparents told me many stories about witches, demons, and ghosts while I was growing up; while they were scary when I was younger, now they’re very entertaining and fun. This story isn’t going to be scary, since it’s not a genre that I can write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to create. There’s nothing I love more than exploring the possibilities of creating my characters and worlds in different ways. The amount of information I have to look up in order to create something is euphoric.
Published 2017-10-22.
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