Interview with Nicholas Lopez

Who are you and why are you writing?
I am a writer from San Antonio, Texas. I am a third generation Cuban-American with a strong family history of Presbyterianism and liberal values; I am the descendant of a revolutionary who drank coffee with every meal and hid guns in the piano of his church in Havana, Cuba. I am writing because I have always had a burning desire to reveal to people the "uncanny" and "the other" within their own lives and demonstrate the universality of the human experience.

Marshall McLuhan made the argument that "the medium is the message." What he meant by this is that often it is not what is being said that is crucial in communication, but rather how it is being communicated. In today's digital age, despite our newfound ability to communicate globally, populations still live in ideological isolation. As a result, I believe that Marshall McLuhan's message is more relevant than ever. I draw heavily on the experiences of my grandfather and the reconciliation of ideologies that his immigration to the United States embodied. His stories often highlighted the joys and hilarity of assimilating into his newfound culture and this is something I want to present in my works.

Right now in the world, 1/100 people are forcefully displaced which is the highest share of the world’s population that has been forcibly displaced since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees began collecting data on displaced persons in 1951. (Pew Research Center) Amid the fear and panic, my experiences and strong relationship with my grandfather have uniquely shaped me to recognize this challenge as an unprecedented opportunity for love, intellectual growth and ideological healing. My goal is to show the compatibility of people and cultures around the world by disrupting the narrative medium with rapidly shifting ideological approaches and styles.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing in my teens after taking my first creative writing class at the International School of the Americas. My teacher was named Bradley DeHart and his classes were very meaningful to me. He ran the "garage rock club" after school and we taught a hip hop course together in my final year. He died very recently in an automobile accident, roughly one month after I had last seen him in public and neglected to speak to him, not wanting to get into a long conversation during my lunch break from work. The juxtaposition of these events has made me realize how important Bradley was to me and have demanded that I begin writing seriously again.
Published 2017-03-16.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

San Diego
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature
In his debut story, Texas author Nicholas Lopez writes about a psychedelic journey through a blues club in San Diego with commentary on the topics of marriage, friendship, gift-giving, sincerity and artwork. A departure from tradition, Lopez's style is heavily informed by Judeo-Christianity and modern counter-cultures, refusing to present these groups or their ideas as mutually exclusive.