Richard Esteves


A family trip to Madrid and Lisbon in 1999 gave me the thirst to explore Europe more profoundly. For the next several years thereafter I returned with a backpack and a Eurail pass for two to three months at a time. After sampling the culture in predominantly, but not limited to, Mediterranean countries, I eventually moved to Madrid. While teaching English as a foreign language to professionals, I have been digging into the history, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy of Spanish culture through journeys throughout the peninsula.

My first book, The Madrid Trumpet Affair, was written with the objective of giving the reader an informal tour through Madrid, among other places, where descriptions of the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes evoke the essence of Madrid and Spain during the current era where economic crisis, immigration, and political turmoil are all coming to a head. Music is fundamental in the novel, featuring an eclectic variety of jazz, Latin jazz, Spanish coplas, flamenco, Cuban son, and other selections from the Americas, Africa, Europe and beyond.

Smashwords Interview

What objective did you have in writing your first novel?
My mindset with The Madrid Trumpet Affair was to write a novel where the readers are led through an informal tour of Madrid, along with San Sebastian and Paris. As the internet has completely changed the landscape for traditional guide books, my aim was to give a personalized tour through its taverns and restaurants, tapas, jazz clubs, parks, and ambiance as it is today during times of globalization and economic crisis. Along the way a soundtrack steadily evolves touching on numerous genres, including but not limited to jazz, Latin jazz, coplas, flamenco, and world music. Once the background has been painted, the readers follow a fast moving suspenseful tale involving a myriad of colorful characters.
When did you first start writing?
I found my initial inspiration to write when I was backpacking through Europe. I maintained a habit of keeping a diary. Each day I would take notes on my observations of everything that caught my senses; the locals, food, music, architecture, and everything which made each destination unique. It eventually evolved into writing fiction based on my findings.
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The Madrid Trumpet Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,000. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A 28 year old musician from New York goes to Europe for the first time. The reader is led through a cultural tour of Madrid, Basque Country, and Paris with a backdrop of music and gastronomy. The protagonist's explorations have him tangled up in an assassination causing global political chaos and the brink of World War 3. On the lam he goes looking for answers in a thrilling suspenseful tale.