Interview with c. jane sanchez

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Other than my two children jumping on the bed? Usually some type of idea that I feel needs to be written down. Sometimes it's a dream, sometimes its a thought provoked by something I read the night before, and sometimes its a feeling I want and need to share in a letter to my best friend. That's not everyday, though. Sometimes its the need to finish the book/novella I'm currently reading.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to do alot of my writing at night when everyone is asleep since my days are always filled with my kids. We like to go to the public libraries and search for books. They bring home stacks and demand to have them read. The rest of the day consists of some drawing and crafts, and walks at the neighboring park.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually at random. I will select a genre and scroll til I find something captivating. First I look at the title, then the summary, and finally the cover art. If I'm still unsure, I'll read the sample. Sometimes I get hooked on a series or a character and try to read every book in the series or those containing that specific character.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it's unpublished and was jotted down in one of my journals over a break while I was working at a hunting/gun store. It was called Cowboy Junkies.
How do you approach cover design?
It's always the last thing I consider. I will draw a series of sketches and then refine the one that stands out the most. I feel covers that are enigmatic in nature are more appealing as well as the simplest. Sometimes all you need is a nice font to paint your title across a simple scene or bold color to impact your reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
2) The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
3) The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin
4)The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
5) The Symphany of Ages series by Elizabeth Hayden

All of these books catapult the reader into an expertly crafted world. I enjoy books that are a set or series because it enables you to see the characters and worlds grow and change, learn from their mistakes, fail and succeed, and sometimes die. Its a lifetime lived captured in words.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything and anything. From Oscar Wilde to Dean Koontz. I read fanfiction and original published work. There are a lot of exceptional writers in the fanfiction universe of which I am a huge fan of as well as in the published world. Basically, If its in print via ebook, blogs, or printed on paper, I'll read it. Or at least attempt to.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android phone.
Describe your desk
It depends what I'm utilizing at the moment. The kitchen table, a stack of pillows or bundle of blankets, my lap, it just depends where I am. Anything can be a desk if the need is present. The only things that remain the same is my journal, my phone, my google drive account, and either my laptop or notebook and pens.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Weslaco, a city of the RGV(Rio Grande Valley) located in the southern most tip of South Texas. It was, and in many instances still is, a very rural place dotted in agricultural fields and citrus groves. Because of our rural location, we spent a lot of time playing in our back yard or reading. The love of books introduced me to worlds vastly different to what I lived in. I started placing my characters in my home town, or used standing buildings and scenery in my poems ands short stories. I wanted to make what was ugly beautiful by transforming it in my stories. I also wanted to make my home town famous.
When did you first start writing?
I was introduced to writing by my 8th grade English teacher when she assigned us a writing assignment where we had to write about our lives. She had just thought us a unit on poetry and how to bring all the elements together ourselves. I was intrigued by it. I've always enjoyed reading, both books and poetry, but i had never attempted it myself. I loved it. Since then, and with few breaks, I wrote about something. Poems turned into sorry stories, short stories into novellas, and novellas into novels. The love of writing just grew.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Molding the world I'm creating. I can make anything happen, and its that control that makes it both exciting and terrifying. It gives us a way to control everything while our own lives can be chaotic and all consuming. Writing is clean and precise and lovely.
Published 2014-09-02.
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