Interview with Victor Lorandi

When did you first start writing?
I was about twelve years old when I started playing games that had absolutely no story to them and so I decided to start coming up with different stories for different games. Racing games, platform games of old and some tabletop games. I used to read manga back then and the style influenced me a lot for a long time. The first time I actually decided to write a story I was twelve and a half and I jumped headfirst into it, making sure that what I was writing was as impossible as possible.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in São Paulo, Brazil and it was quite important for my writing. In such a big city, I met many different people, saw many things, had a lot of experiences and learned many lessons the hard and easy way. I guess the city's mood and speed helped me a lot to grow as a writer and get a grip on reality and fantasy.
Describe your desk
My current desk is quite simple. No drawers,my monitor, its controller, headphones, microphone, tablet and mobile. The desk is simple clear wood with metal legs. No biggie.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The flow of words when I get the rhythm going. It takes some time to heat up the engine, but once I get all the juices going, writing becomes a great joy and soon it's an organic thing. Most of the time I'm running about, solving problems, preparing things and ordering other things. When I sit down to write, all the rest is forgotten and I get lost in the story, in the characters and the sound of the keyboard and all the moments I stop to read, I feel like a child again.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a trilogy to introduce and set the backdrop to most of my works, The Red Universe. It us a fun thing to do, but surely enough, it is also taxing and very delicate as any mistake could literally destroy all the work.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They are the reason I continue to write. Without them to read the stories and to tell me they found it good or bad, there would be no stories told. As an RPG Dungeon Master, my players usually complimented my attention to history details, forgetting to roll the dice like most do. They always enjoyed, even the most veteran of hack and slash of them. I aim to give readers and fans the same pleasure that I used to give to players. Immersion and fun.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
All I ever wanted was to entertain people and bring them stories that escape reality. I tried hard to get out there but I never had a chance to use the mainstream. I decided to become an indie author when I discovered the possibility as a viable option/alternative to what is possibly one of the most oversaturated arts out there. I respect all writers and wish we could all have our own space for success.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors have no specific order, because they write different things in more or less the same style. However, my number one is Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, the Barbarian. Neil Gaiman is among them, as well as Stephen King. I also love reading H.P. Lovecraft and Frank Herbert
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have many hobbies. I collect and play video-games, watch movies and TV series, read comics, books, play tabletop games, card games, RPGs, draw, practice calligraphy and knit!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really have a favorite device. Whatever's available is good. I have my laptops for when I'm home and cozy and my trusty work tablet for when I'm on the go or waiting for the next class to start. I've never tried kindle, however, but I've been told it is quite good. Maybe someday I'll give it a try.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the books by poking around the internet, especially here on Smashwords. I love finding new, curious things that are hidden right under my nose. They are the most satisfying ones, as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The challenge of the day. the responsibilities and tasks. Chores and duties, basically. I like getting things done and done well. I prefer to be relaxed knowing I took care of everything so I can sit and relax as soon as possible.
What is your writing process?
I usually try to create a character first. Try to flesh out this new being and put him or her in a situation. And from there, I try to imagine how that specific character would react to the situation at hand. When the stories are big and involve a lot of characters, most of my time is spent imagining who they are and how they came to be, so that they can react accordingly to what is happening in the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I cannot remember the first story I read. The first story i do remember is The Yellow Bag by Lygia Bojunga. My mother used to read it to me when I was young and I still remember some details of the story, but more than the story itself was the feeling that came with it. The feeling of wonder and comfort. I sometimes use that feeling to start writing my stories.
Published 2017-06-18.
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Books by This Author

The Grand Revenge
You set the price! Words: 80,700. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Fargos Tellaris survived the battle agains Eric Red and wants to take revenge on the people who brought him down: Eric and Thomas. They will find allies to fight against this threat, but will it be enough?
The Red Universe Presents: The Grand Tour
You set the price! Words: 55,730. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A scientist and his assistant travel to unknown regions of space only to find themselves in dire perils and as they travel through the Red Universe they come under the protection of the Universal Empire and its guards, but also under the sight of pirates and worse.