Alberto Balengo (a pseudonym) was born in New Mexico and has lived most of his life in Texas. He works in health care and received his bachelor's degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He loves dogs but hates football.
Name some literary influences.
For short form fiction: Dino Buzzati, Augusto Monterosso, Heinrich Böll, Kafka, Hans Christian Andersen, Ovid. Among Americans, I enjoy Lydia Davis, Jack Matthews and Michael Martone.
Why add story notes at the end? Shouldn't stories be able to stand on their own? Isn't it jinxing to talk about your own creations?
Perhaps, but I wanted to mention related book titles and curious aspects about the composition of the stories. Most of these backstage details have little bearing on whether a story succeeds or what it is supposed to mean.
These introspective tales feature animals, allegories and melodramas of everyday life. At the center of the stories are tiny creatures (a sparrow, earthworm or paperclip) struggling to make sense of larger mysterious forces. Human protagonists are equally perplexed by ordinary events – like searching for a lost key, watching late night TV, or eating a taco.