Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve always loved to write. At first, I wrote plays and scripts with my friends. I was about 11 when I was writing those. Later, I began to write poetry and songs. After reading some of Jorge Luis Borges’ short stories, I began to write short stories, which were definitely influenced by his style. So, I’ve written a lot, but have published two short stories and now a full length novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called “The Mysterious Manuscript.” I’ve always been a fan of adventure novels and novels that deal with conspiracies and secrets. So, when I started learning about the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, as well as alchemy, it all clicked. I began doing research and the characters all came to me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think the most unusual thing about my writing is that I write whenever I find the time. Currently, I work a full-time job, go to school full-time and I’m married with two young children.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I would say that Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Umberto Eco have been the authors that have influenced me the most.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel that is completely different from any of the other stuff that I have published. It’s a coming of age story and that’s all I can say about it at this point. Oh, that and it involves cannibals.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning the ropes, if you will. So far, Amazon’s Kindle Free Days promotion, as well as websites like this one, seem to be working.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice for new authors is this: don’t give up. Learn all you can, not only about writing, but also about the business and keep going!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard was from my uncle and he told me to follow my dreams, no matter what. Even if nothing comes out of it, at least I gave it my all.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading “Paper Towns” by John Green and I just started the first book in the Game of Thrones saga.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As a writer, my next step is to continue working on my coming-of-age novel.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would bring:
1) The Bible
2) One Hundred Years of Solitude
3) The Aleph by Borgers
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