Interview with pablo blaya

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. When I was a teenager, in the high school. Something about Hernan Cortes and the Saddnest Night.
What is your writing process?
I have no writing process. I am married and I have a 6 year-old daughter. I am a secondary teacher. I write when I have time. With no plan. It could be poetry (most of times), or stories. I only wrote 1 novel (in this case you need time and to plan some details).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Never-ending Story, when I was 8 or 9. It was amazing.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own cover-design if I have time. Sometimes some friends of mine do it (painters or artists).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Romancero gitano (Lorca), Poems (Safo de Lesbos), Ariel (Sylvia Plath), The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde), Lady Macbeth (Shakespeare). I like poetry and Antiquity.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social networks, Internet. From mouth to mouth. I am not good at marketing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poems at the high-school, when I was 17-18.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is called: Hello America. It is a book of 10 stories, based on cities and countries of America (most of all in South America). There are people talking at the radio, and there are some stories happening at the same time. They are not a happy stories, I am afraid. Related to the globalization context.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
We have no choice. We have no editor at all. The industry is changing, and they do not want to lose money.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is a good tool. The opportunity to publish your own writings. Internet is a good chance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The possibility of escaping of the cruel reality. I am happy when I am writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
If somebody reads my writings (I do not know if you can call him or her a fan), I am very happy of knowing my writings have some kind of impact in some people. It implies that my work is not in vain.
What are you working on next?
I like the most to write poems. Now I am working on a science fiction story. They are short texts.. Some poems, brief texts of no more than 1 or 2 pages. They are all based on a future. But a future that is the present. It is called 2014-4102. This figure can represent a lot of things, what you can imagine. This year, when I saw 2014 in the calendar, I thought it is not possible, the future is here. 2014 sounds like science-fiction, don't you think? And now it is here, we are in 2014, we are in the future (and not very happy future, let me say).
Published 2014-03-01.
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Lo que ocultan las máscaras
Price: Free! Words: 32,570. Language: Spanish. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Lo que ocultan las máscaras es una novela corta, viene a ser una parodia de las novelas de detectives. Acompaña a Tim en sus aventuras por la ciudad, si quieres pasar un buen rato.
Espíritu Vudú
Price: Free! Words: 4,470. Language: Spanish. Published: August 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spanish Poetry
Poemas acerca de un hechicero y sus visiones bajo la noche inmensa.
Ojo de halcón
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: Spanish. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spanish Poetry
Poemas acerca de un halcón sobrevolando el tiempo y el espacio.