The people that are interested in reading my books, fans or followers, whatever the correct term may be, are very important to my inspiration process. It is the fan and their need to experience or know something, something that I may have already experienced or have some knowledge about the subject that inspires me to write. Now, I'm not interested in making a lot of money or in becoming famous as a writer. It is more important to me that the reader understand what I am trying to say in my books rather than some financial or prestigious goal.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on a textbook for colleges and universities. It is a work that is designed to assist students that are interested in Latin American Studies. Latin America is a very interesting place with a very distinct culture that to a large extent is unknown by outsiders. My work focuses on trying to interpret and explain to non-Latins what their culture is really like. More important, Latin America is home to vast differences not only in geography and region but in economic, cultural, educational, political and demographic practices. Many of which are woven together into a vast matrix of forms and processes that constitute its linguistic, perceptual, and practical domains.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, I would have to start with Foucault, Hemingway, Bradbury, Nietzsche, Baldwin, Geertz and some of the great philosophical writers like Kant, Hegel, and Weber.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, that's a simple one...writing. I try to write each and every day. Even if it is only a few hundred words or so. Of course, I have a variety of formats of writing that I like to engage. For example, I enjoy non-fiction writing, academic writing, screen writing, and journalistic writing. Each has it's own particular style and focus which assists me in broadening my perspectives and looking at things in different ways.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I'm usually focusing on photography and filmmaking. I'm very interested in documentary filmmaking and have taken several courses and read up on filmmaking. Also, I have certain photographers and filmmakers whose work I follow and study in order to learn more about those fields.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There are several different venues for discovering the ebooks I read. First, there is Amazon, then there is Goodreads and finally, I would say here on Smashwords. I like the fact that Smashwords has contracts with many different publishing houses.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember I was 12 years old. I have been writing for a long time and it really started when I was in grade school. I just had a talent for putting words together. My teacher at that time would post my essays on the bulletin board. Later, I was asked to read my compositions in front of all the other students in the school at different assemblies. It was an inspiring event that always stayed with me.
What is your writing process?
Well, I suppose it begins with inspiration. After that, it's really academic - that is, I have my own workflow that I have developed over the years. And this usually depends on the type of writing I'm doing and the audience. So, for me, there is not just one process, there are a few. The process to a large extend depends on the type of project.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
For me, and coming from a religious background, some of the first stories I ever read and that had an impact on me came from the Holy Bible. I thought some of the stories of the lives of the prophets were just incredible and amazing - the way things happened in their lives. Afterward, I just became a book worm, reading just about anything I could get my hands on and trying to assimilate the different ways stories were written.
How do you approach cover design?
That's another easy question. I have a graphic artist that lives in Greece. She is just an incredible artists that knows exactly what I need when I explain to her about a specific project. She is quick, I don't have to go into a lot of explanation, and her results are always just what I'm looking for in terms of graphic cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Not really sure...
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