Today I have Arnulfo Cantarero here for a Q & A and some information about his book, Emotions. Read on for all the details!
Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been enhanced in many ways but that’s only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living amongst us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years.
Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes and he has been able to forge true friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight, unless he can recover what his species has lost.
Q & A
1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment.
A: My typical writing day involves finding time to write. Since I’m not a full-time writer just yet, so I’ll use whatever time I can find. I will usually use my lunch hour, when I’m standing still at my day job, I’ll pull out my phone and start writing.
However, my perfect writing environment does involve just being at my desk ( clutter free), with the tv in the background and, if I’m lucky, a cloudy day. I find I can dive into my imaginary worlds much better this way.
2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved?
A: I had always loved reading (imperative if you’re a writer) and I realized they weren’t a lot of books with what I wanted to read. So, I embarked on the journey to write the book I had always wanted to read. Before I knew it, I had found my calling.
3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations?
A: Even though I’m not a fan of horror, I admire Stephen King for his tenacity. That man sacrificed for his art, writing up to 2 am in a boiler room while married and with a full-time job. J.K. Rawlings for similar reasons, but I also happen to love her books. Jim Butcher, Issac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, and Rick Riordan among others. There are so many fantastic writers out there, it would be hard to mention them all.
4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects?
A: I’m currently working on the sequel to Emotions, my first book. I am also working on getting my first book turned into an audio book. Trying to get the right voices for the characters is very important so that may take some time. I hope to have that done by early next year.
5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process.
A: I get the seed for my books from my dreams. Being a big science fiction fan, my dreams tend to float around that area. Once that happens, I’ll work out the plot in my head, with twists and turns being added that will develop the characters and the story to match what I saw.
The characters I tend to base on people I know, since that gives them an air of realism that may not otherwise exist. This has the extra advantage that I can call them up and ask them “Hey, what would you do if I tell you your outfit is funny?”. Naturally, I will embellish some of their details. After all, I don’t know of anybody yet that has had a polar bear as a pet (spoilers)
6. Favorite character from one of your own novels?
A: It’s a character from my newest book (the sequel to emotions). Any way you see it, she’s had it rough, from her upbringing to the point she is “rescued”. She manages to make the best out of any situation and, despite the fact that humanity has treated her poorly, she is willing to give her life for the people that have helped her. I have big plans for her and she’s a joy to write.
7. The preferred method for readers to contact you?
A: Email is always the best way. With social media the way it is, an email address contains plenty of information while at the same time allowing for privacy. Not only this but you can send larger files via email than with a text message. Like most people nowadays, if I get a call from an unknown number, I may not actually answer but an email, you better believe I’ll reply.
8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
A: I’d say about six months give or take. Editing may take just as long since that’s when scenes take on a life of their own. Naturally, this is also when grammar is checked and re checked and then the editor checks as well.
10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?
A: I have to admit, I relate to my main character from my first novel the most. Like him, I feel that most people took a special class on how to deal with social situations, and I missed the memo. I like to believe I’m always evolving, just like him, and even to this day, I sometimes miss the point.
11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing?
A: I always wanted to be a scientist, but I love inventing things as well. When I was a kid, I wanted to have my own company called Gadget, Inc where I’d invent everyday gadgets yet also contribute cutting edge technology.
12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work?
A: I have to say how many people related to the main character. More than one reader has told me how they could see themselves in Jason (minus the alien part). I have to admit, that felt good.
About the Author:
Being a part of two worlds give you a really good perspective. By two world’s I mean I was born and mostly raised in another country (Honduras) but I kept coming to the United States so often that I adopted many characteristics of what I liked about the culture.
I have always been an avid reader as far as I can remember. One of my first books was from the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, and I couldn’t get enough of it! I don’t remember how many times I read it, but I was fascinated by how you can create new worlds just be using words. People would come to life, worlds could be seen through the mind’s eye, and you could be created of all of this. What could be better than that?
I wrote my first book (and every book after that) on the principle of “what I’d like to read” and naturally what others would find to be a great story with fleshed out characters that they would want to follow. Even while studying computer engineering I wanted to write books that I would be proud of.
My first book is available for digital download at amazon.com and paperback, but all authors dream of seeing their book on the big screen. I did write with the intention of one day seeing it up on the silver screen.
I never stop writing using whatever is around as inspiration since you never know when your next big idea may come from. Editing can be just as exciting as writing because you never know how you’ll expand on a chapter and make the plot work for the overall story. What other medium allows to be the creator of your own universe, follow your own rules, and if needs be, you can break the rules.