Interview with Justin Villanueva

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy taking our world, our sick and twisted world, and shaping it into something the readers would find seemingly familiar, yet something new and otherworldly all the same. I love playing with contemporary concepts, often inserting allusions to people, places and events, whether they're on TV or just around the corner. I believe people need to be told of what's happening around them, things that people find exasperating or plainly irrelevant, and the best way to achieve this is to weave an interesting tale around an otherwise dull setting.
What do your fans mean to you?
I find that writing, more than an art, is a challenge, and I would not be where I am without their amazing support.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a blend of fantasy, religious satire, heavy on mythology and bits of humor along the way. I have always loved the stories I read as a child, and I hope to explore them in my next book, as contrast to my previous work which made use of science fiction elements. With fantasy, you don't really need to have an explanation for the things happening, like say, a magic spell or someone changing to a werewolf. Indeed there is an immediate tendency to suspend one's disbelief, and I find that very liberating.
When did you first start writing?
To be honest, my first love was comics, not novels. I made comics since I was in fifth grade, and I have written dozens of stories ever since. But for my first published work, it was for my novel, Chaos Panzer, written somewhere around the August to November of 2012.
How do you approach cover design?
As an advice from a deeply respected friend, I make three designs and I ask my friends to vote from the list. Then I make a few updates (if needed) to the winning design, and it's done!
What is your writing process?
For my latest work, I write a chapter a week. I take in as much inspiration I can get within that period, from books, movies or real-life experience, and somehow make something out of it. I admit it's a very long process, but my latest book is rather episodic in nature, so it suits me just fine. Not recommended for others with a much more fast-pacing and linear narrative though.
Published 2014-03-13.
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Books by This Author

Conversations with the Light Bearer
Price: Free! Words: 57,470. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00)
Lucifer is exiled on earth, trapped in the body of a mortal man. Without his powers, he begins a new life as Vincent R. Pines, a regular corporate employee. As events turn, he meets friends old and new, mortal and immortal, and later uncovers rumors of the Second Coming of Christ, which will inevitably bring about the End of Days. *Recommended for freethinkers, atheists, and readers of mythology.
Chaos Panzer
Price: Free! Words: 63,920. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
(4.00)
Barely getting home from work? Tired of your annoying boss and over-competitive colleagues? Frustrated with your tax deductions? All of the above? Then read on! Join our unlikely hero, Ayel, as he makes his way through overpriced cab fares, paranormal bloggers, beggars with babies, camwhores, flying cars and giant robots. *Recommended for Filipinos—mostly angsty software engineers and IT peeps.