Interview with O.NINO

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a huge curiosity about what could I do by myself without using traditional publishing services. Nowadays social networks and ebook distributing platforms help you to make your creations known and, considering publishers in Spain give the author between 2 and 10 percent (in the best cases) of the royalties, it was worthy to try to do the way by your own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have just entered my novel so, in my case, I still have no idea about how is Smashwords going to work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best thing in creative writing is the possibility of living experiences that you might never feel in the real life. It's like a long dream where your characters become people that you deeply know, you feel them as real people.
What do your fans mean to you?
In my case I feel my readers as people that have been connected to me for a while. For some days, maybe for some weeks we have created a story together, we have felt similar emotions and this person knows something about me, even when he's still not conscious about it.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing the second part of The Soutier Scene. This one's name is The Soutier School. That's a very special story for me and I am writing slowly, because I need to feel each scene, every moment. I need to connect to my characters, to focus on their emotional and psychological issues and it takes time. I have no rush so time it's not a problem.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Gabriel García Márquez and Mercè Rodoreda. Their communication abilities are just incredible. I enjoy and admire each of their novels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There are lots of new things to experience and learn in life so, even when I am not in the good mood, I know each day is an opportunity to improve in some way.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am learning IT programming. Also love to do painting, watching quality films and do some sport.
What's your style at writing?
I think I'm pretty direct at communicating to others, also at writing. I don't like books where there are too much descriptions, they don't let me imagine things as I want to. Just a few details are enough. What I enjoy most is writers who know how to surprise me, who show real creativity in their ideas. And above all, I love artists who doesn't care too much about what are people going to think about them. Imagination is just imagination, so my decision is to write without censorship. My language can flow from the most polite and accurate phrasing to a very shocking and descriptive explanation when I am describing a sexual scene for example. It depends on the situation and the feeling I am trying to transmit.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have always written realistic stories. I always found pleasure on describing emotions in my characters and women have had very important roles in my writings. But it's so long from I wrote my first story that I really don't remember what did it talk about. I just know that I started to write when I was five and that I have never been able to leave it, it's a kind of need.
What is your writing process?
First of all I create an idea, then I spend some time thinking about my characters. I really need to feel and think like them, know their background as it was mine. This part is so important to me, because if I don't admire my character I am not going to enjoy the time I spend with him so, at the end, I will leave my writing in some moment.
Later I divide the story in chapters and write what's going to happen in each of them.
There are no secrets, just enjoy the process. If you feel good while you are writing, if you have the deep need of continue explaining the story is because you are trapped by it. This feeling means everything because it's pretty sure that your reader feels the same than you.
Published 2014-04-08.
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Books by This Author

La Escena Soutier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,510. Language: Spanish. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
El reputado actor de Hollywood Anton Soutier pide financiación a una productora para crear su primera película. Tras el fracaso de ésta, y ante la imposibilidad de devolver la enorme cifra de pérdidas que esto ha ocasionado, Anton Soutier se verá obligado a crear un nuevo proyecto televisivo que se alejará de toda ética y que hundirá su vida y la de aquellos que están conectados a él.