Yaomachtia Man is being thought of as a series since there are four (4) one page outlines written already for the next book stories. The next book’s working title is Juanita Mendoza’s Big Adventure. There is a film script and a First Season of A&B stories for a Dramatic Television Series already written to use as a starting point. The story will take place immediately after Yaomachtia Man ends… but it should have the same feel as Yaomachtia Man. I guess you can say there is a formula now for writing Yaomachtia Man.
What do your fans mean to you?
Truthfully, if you have fans that clearly means there is a market for your book, and for a second book.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to capture the feel of the story--- whether it is a character or setting and then try to supply some guidelines to the book cover illustrator.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Demian by Herman Hesse--- Initially, I was attracted to the cover of the book and then went to the college library and checked out the book. Because of the dreamlike quality I found in the main character, I was inspired to read the book many times. I did write a two journal story heavily influenced by Herman Hesse’s Demian--- and I somehow lost one of the two journals. 2) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a book which pulled me deep into thought about the story. A top fashion model was a big fan of the book, and after she told me that she had read the book three times, I went back and re-read the book for a second time, having lengthy discussions about Rodion Raskolnikov, the main character. Since Raskolnikov lived in constant fear of being caught for the murder of a female pawnbroker, the book made me appreciate a well conceived story for the first time. 3) My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer was an incredible book to read for its clarity and explanations. I found great inspiration in playing over these classic chess masterpieces of Bobby Fischer, even the three losses he included--- and for any serious chess player, the book is a marvel to read and study and it helped me, since I was President and Captain of the chess team jump cases to become a Candidate Master chess player. 4) Into the Woods by John Yorke because the book clearly explains story structure and is very useful for anyone wanting to write for film or television. I highly recommend this book--- since it was suggested reading by a good friend, 5) Collected Stories, 1939–1976 by Paul Bowles is one collection of very wild and imaginative stories by a true craftsman. who enjoyed writing well detailed stories about atrocities happening to Americans in North Africa.. A good friend recommended the book and we discussed Bowles stories on many occasions. Paul Bowles made such an impact on me that he inspired me to start writing short stories of my own.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sports stories, comics and surfing the Internet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new at marketing a book so I will use every possible way to market Yaomachtia Man which initially costs next to nothing to do. I will use my cell phone, computer and talk to everyone I meet about the book. I will use modern technology and will soon set up blogs, contact book clubs, organizations interested in UFO’s, Aztec/Mayan culture, martial arts, etc, and just keep an open mind while “smiling and dialing”. There is no clear way to market a book. You just have to find a formula that works. In the end, all that matters is getting the sale.
Describe your desk
Cluttered because I tend to write notes on the blank side of scrap paper. I also tend to throw everything on the desk including business cards, notes of every kind, receipts, etc. There is a computer, a chess trophy, desk lamp and three canisters of pens, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Texas, grew up in the South and spent my summer months every year living in Mexico since my mom was from Mexico and kept her Mexican nationality until her death. My mom became someone I discussed Mexico at length with. Did this influence my writing? Well, yes, it did…
When did you first start writing?
In college, I started writing film scripts. Then I began to keep journals around age 22 or 23--- especially emphasizing on ideas I could use for projects at film school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is about Quetzalcoatl “Quetz” Juarez, a teen living in modern day Mexico City and looking for his own past while he is constantly searching for the Aztec Mixed Martial Art known as Yaomachtia. Our hero grows as a person as he overcomes obstacles with help from his teen friends. But yes, there is allot of visual detail in the story, as well as attention to detail.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There was never a plan to become a writer. Sure, I wrote a 100 page novel in pencil when I was in college, but I never thought of myself as a novelist like I do today. As far as motivation is concerned, I was always very motivated and loved winning--- like I learned to do when playing chess.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is having Yaomachtia Man finally completed and in a state that I am very proud of. There was a lot of information to digest, combining a lot of variables and then turning out a very clear and concise story. It will be a joy listening to people talk about the book in the future.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I had both a hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke in February of 2009. And the first day I could not move my left side while I was in the hospital. I said to myself I would get up out of bed and walk the next day and I did. I guess you can say that every day I am alive I feel inspired to get out of bed. The thing is that if someone were to meet me today, they might find it hard to believe I actually had a bad stroke in 2009.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Right now, I am more focused on promoting Yaomachtia Man than writing the next installment. Sure, I keep looking for ideas to write about and try to keep an open mind so I can intake new things in life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read through ebook catalogs at my local library branch or if I find information on the Internet regarding a new book or idea, then I try to do my own due diligence regarding the book and subject
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, probably because I was terrible at writing stories when I started. The process of writing took me years and it was one summer when I took a class on Documentary Filmmaking when I was attending Boston University that I began to focus on writing. I struggled through Freshman English Composition, so initially I was put off by writing.
What is your writing process?
I first try to write a short outline in like 1-3 pages and then I like to think about the story--- its details, visualize scenes, people, places... Then I will write a short treatment like 15 pages in length. Then I proceed by creating a longer treatment like 25-30 pages and emphasize more the format: beginning; middle and ending, while at the same time develop the main character or characters and some unique qualities they might have like age, nationality, gender, etc. It’s a process now because I am learning all the time how to get better as a writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was the Cat in the Hat and it had a long lasting effect on me. The book caused me to have many dreams as a child of the book.
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