What books have most influenced your life? James Clavell’s “Shogun,” it was the first time I undertook a journey with a character in a book, and I found it fascinating. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, because it showed me that a Latino author could actually make it in the international arena. Al though technically not a book, Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” changed my whole perception of what could be done in terms of storytelling. Nothing is out of bounds.
Who is your favorite author and why? Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He’s the only author who has made me laugh, cringe, hate, love, fear, hope and basically every other feeling there is with his work.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Most certainly.
Have you started another book yet? I’m right smack in the middle of writing my next novel.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Alive and happy.
What are your current writing projects now? I’m currently writing a general fiction story I hope to publish by the end of the year. I’m also researching a sci-fi story and a sequel to “Sleeper’s Run.”
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I am. They are non-fiction and directly related to the research of my future novels, so I don’t want to give anything away.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? Not so far.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? The Internet. There’s a wealth of information just waiting to be mined. Research has never been this easy. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful tool.
What contributes to making a writer successful? I’ll tell you when I get there.
Do you have any advice for writers? Writing is hard work. Inspiration is just a spark, not the fuel. Your focus and motivation are what will take you to the finish line. You have to be disciplined, relentless, professional and willing to fail. Pay no heed to bad reviews. Your work won’t click with everyone. That’s just a fact of life. And write for the love of it. Everybody wants money and recognition, but there are no guarantees you’ll get either of them. So enjoy what you do.
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Genre – Political Thriller
Rating – R