Interview with Omar Garcia Padilla

What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read comics and mangas. For some reason, I connect better with comic book characters than with characters presented in different media.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. But, I'm considering getting a Kindle in the near future.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. It's a costal town located in the southwest of the island. Growing up in that town, I was exposed to many things such as; nature, myths and legends that the local fisherman had,and to the folklore of the the region. It's the folklore of my town that has giving me inspiration to create some of my fantasy stories. Puerto Rico's folklore have many creatures, deity's, and legends that have never been heard of. So, it's is my dream that I can use this to give a little touch of uniqueness to my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around the age of 11. The first story I ever wrote was really bad, and yet my friends really liked it. I can say the same thing. After that, I started writings stories that my brother, my cousin, and I would act out. These stories were better that my first one.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Basically, my characters are a group of mercenaries that are ambushed while they are on there lates job.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The change to work on my own stories. But, the real reason is because I love writing stories. I really don't need to make a lot of money of my stories. A couple of bucks will make me happy. But, what makes me happier is the change to share my stories with a lot of people. I'll get a day job to pay the bills.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my stories.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a comic book script that's my pet project. I really think that it will be pretty good. Apart from that story, I'm working on some others scripts and a script for friend's short film. I do have some short story that I might want to publish trough smash mouth.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading comic books, studying, and playing video games.
What is your writing process?
I basically just keep it in my head and incubate the story until the time has come to put it to paper. It seems like a really bad process, but it helps if you got a good memory.
Published 2014-11-22.
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