Interview David Wasserman

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Today I bring you an interview with a poet.

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1. Tell us a little of your background.
 
I grew up in a small Connecticut, USA town and read voraciously from a young age. I can remember reading young adult books while still in elementary school, my parents finding me reading with a flashlight under the covers, and acting out scenes from books I loved with my brother in the woods until sunset. I graduated from college with degrees in both English Literature and Elementary Education, and have taught young children for the past decade. Recently, I found my way back to literature through poetry.
2. Why did you decided to write poetry instead of any other genre.
I love this question. I remember looking over at my nightstand – at three books stacked and eagerly awaiting my fingers and eyes – then instead grabbing my phone and opening social media like Twitter and Facebook. At that moment, I decided I needed a bridge between the two to help me get back to literature. The answer came to me through poetry. Short poems bridged the divide between texts, tweets, posts, messages and those lonely nightstand novels.
3. Did It was hard to find the inspiration to write?
 
I would say the inspiration to write had been languishing within me for years and poured out into my notebook and laptop all at once over the course of 2017. It was a tumultuous year, as I lost my grandfather but also found out my wife and I were pregnant. On top of that, I also lost a beloved cat, found myself in the middle of a charged political climate and still had work teaching second grade. The poems I wrote started out as catharsis and were slowly refined into pieces I could submit to publishers.
 
4. Which writers inspire you? 
 
I am inspired by adventurous writers – not necessarily poets! I love the structure of Mark Z. Danielewski, the magic realism of Susanna Clarke, and the use of language by Karen Russell. The dry humor and charged emotions of Shakespeare’s sonnets have always been an inspiration and other poetry such as Jack Kerouac’s “pops” or Basho’s haikus have always intrigued me. I love how much meaning and feeling can be conjured up through such few words.
 
5. When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
 
Tiny Footcrunch started out as just thoughts in a notebook. It wasn’t until my wife looked at some of the writing and urged me to refine them into poems that I thought there might be something of value to them. I polished some of my thoughts up into “haiku-like” poems and sent them to a trusted friend (and brilliant writer) for his thoughts. When he sent back encouragement, I decided to finish my one hundred poems and send them out to publishers.
 
6. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
 
Readers interested in knowing more can visit www.davidwassermanbooks.com for links to all my social media and to learn more about me!
 
7. any advice for poets?
I would challenge poets to try and strip away unnecessary words. We tend to use flowery language in poetry, where an apt metaphor will do. The reader will get it – don’t be afraid to lay your poem there on the page, bare.
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Interview with H.S. Crow

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Today I bring you all an author interview.

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When did you start writing, and was it more from a childhood situation or more recent?

[When I was a child I lost someone dear to me, and it changed my view of the world and what I wanted out of it. I searched aimlessly for purpose and for a way to create a better tomorrow, and stumbled countless times. At one point I believed that art would be my salvation and a weapon to inspire change, but I was wrong. After losing my son in a miscarriage in my early 20s, my ex-fiancé left, and that shattered me. I had lost the ability to draw or paint after that event. It honestly changed me. I felt gutted, and empty like some walking corpse aimlessly looking for anything to remind me of who I was and wanted to be. During this time I had an assignment to present at school. It was a story that would be read to my class, and I began to write with the hopes to preoccupy my mind from doing something foolish.

Strangely enough, writing became my escape from the crude world, and it also imprisoned me in a cage I could no longer break, a cage that I had fallen in love with. I would explore other worlds, locked in the far recesses of my mind and I would live a life through the eyes of others. I began to see everything around not just as an artist, but as an architect. Building worlds, and creating the possibility for a characters to roam free and grow was something that saved my life, my sanity, and gave me happiness when I had lost it. I was no longer alone, even though I had become more alone due to my reclusive need to hide in my room. I had to be alone in order to see these worlds, and the characters in it had become more real to me than the life I had.

Then one day, I woke up and realized that this could be the sword I needed to create a better tomorrow. Through stories I could enchant the minds and hearts of many, and inspire. I remember stepping away from my computer after months of hiding, and smiling. I laughed so much and cried when I realized that this had become my passion, and that I could do something with it. I walked outside and swore to become someone stronger. I took up sword fighting and began to socialize again. I returned to a normal life, while I perfected my writing. Deep down, I knew that it could have turned into a horrid sickness, but somehow it did not. It saved me, and I hope it saves others one day too. I suppose it was a calling that began like all other journeys.]

How did Lunora story was born, what was the inspiration for her?

[Lunora’s inspiration came from a young girl I met in the Middle East, and her dream to escape into a world of magic and fantasy like the children of Narnia. I remember wanting to write a story about her, but I never got around to it until last year. Then the shootings began to happen more often in the United States. It has become something that occurs almost every other month now as if its commonplace, then the Ferguson Unrest, and the recent genocides that occurred and is still occurring in Syria were just a few to name, but it was enough to push me to my boiling point. The truth was that bad things were happening all around the world, and I wanted to do something about it, even if it was just writing a story with the hope to inspire others.

I remembered that child and her bravery to one day create a better world. I found her to be the perfect heroine for the story that had entered my mind. I wanted to write a tale that can motivate not just children, but adults and even generations to come.

The hate in the world ends with our own actions. We can all end this cycle of pain, if we strive for it—together. We exist in a world that is truly connected, yet disconnected in the heart. We need to move beyond these issues of racial and religious discrimination, gender inequality, ignorance, and overall hatred. I hope I can inspire a better world someday and this is the start.]

I have to ask, is Crow your original surname or it’s more an artistic thing, and if it’s the real one, where is it from, because for me it sounds like a cool thing to brag about.

[H.S. Crow, to me is a name rooted with history and symbolism. It is not my real name, but it stands as a symbol for something that I hope will exist even after I am gone. Sadly, I will be keeping the meaning behind this name a secret for a little longer. My apologies.]

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Autores Panameños: Julio Quintero

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Hoy celebrando la semana del escritor Panameño les traigo una entrevista con Julio Quintero, creador y escritor de Alien Defender Maky, un manga totalmente panameño que distribuye El Hombre De La Mancha.

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Cuéntanos un poco de ti, de tu historia. 

Nací en David, Chiriquí un 14 de noviembre de 1980.  Estudié mi primaria en la escuela Josefa Montero de Vásquez en Boquete y la secundaria la cursé en el colegio Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles en David.  Estudié medicina en la Universidad de Panamá y me especialicé en Oftalmología en México.

Actualmente trabajo en el Hospital Regional Rafael Hernández de Chiriquí y en el Hospital Chiriquí.

¿Qué escritores te inspiran?

Entre mis autores favoritos se encuentran Dan Brown y Stephen King.  Disfruto mucho también de las obras de J. K. Rowling y George R. R. Martín entre otros.  En cuanto a mangakas y artistas japoneses, me gusta mucho el trabajo de Rumiko Takahashi (autora de Inuyasha y Ranma 1/2), Nobuhiro Watsuki (autor de Rurouni Kenshin), Hiroya Oku (autor de Gantz e Inuyashiki) y Kohei Horikoshi (autor de Boku no Hero Academia) entre otros.

¿Cuándo decidiste volverte escritor/mangaka?

Desde que era niño me gustaba mucho leer, dibujar y escribir, e incluso me gustaban mucho historias como las de Astro Boy, Conan el niño del futuro, La princesa de los mil años y Kimba el león blanco sin saber que eran producto de artistas japoneses.  

El primer momento en que decidí inclinarme por escribir y dibujar historias al estilo manga japonés fue después de disfrutar la racha de anime que fue emitida en los años 90 por televisión nacional (Caballeros del Zodiaco, Samurai X, Dragon Ball, Super Campeones, Zenki, entre otros).

No fue sino hasta el 2003 que logré escribir mi primera historia completa pensada para adaptación al manga, Alien Defender Maky.

¿Cómo trabajas tu esquema, planificando de antemano o vas viendo las cosas sobre la marcha?

Para el desarrollo de una historia, me gusta imaginar antes que nada el principio y el final de la historia, para luego ir desarrollando poco a poco la trama para unir ambos puntos sin perder la línea principal de narración.

¿Cómo sientes que se ha acogido la historia aquí en Panamá?

He visto con mucho agrado que en la actualidad la aceptación de este género en Panamá ha crecido exponencialmente en comparación con los años 80 y 90.  Ese hecho ha afectado positivamente la acogida de Alien Defender Maky en suelo patrio.

Por lo pronto, la versión impresa está siendo vendida únicamente en Panamá, pero esperamos poder extendernos a otros países en un futuro cercano.

¿Qué dificultades tuviste al empezar a hacer el manga, como encontraste a tu equipo?

Al escribir la historia en el 2003, hubo una muy buena recepción por parte de las personas que la leyeron por primera vez, lo que me movió a querer convertirla en manga como un reto personal.  La primera dificultad que enfrenté fue el intentar dibujarla por mi propia cuenta, pero al no disponer de tiempo, tuve que dejar el proyecto hasta poder terminar mis estudios.

Finalmente, en 2014, se me puso en contacto con Santiago Araúz y su grupo de compañeros.  Les presenté la historia y accedieron a formar parte del equipo que hoy en día se esfuerza día con día para llevar la historia de Alien Defender Maky a su versión manga para todos nuestros seguidores a nivel mundial.

¿Cómo pueden los lectores buscar más acerca de su trabajo?

El manga de Alien Defender Maky se encuentra disponible en internet en www.aliendefendermaky.com.  Allí podrán ver nuevas páginas de la historia cada lunes, miércoles y viernes; además cuenta con sección de descripción de personajes, fanart, galería de imágenes, descargas, banda sonora entre otras.

La versión escrita de Alien Defender Maky y otras obras de mi autoría la pueden encontrar en www.fictionpress.com, sección de manga en español.

Meet an author: Renée Topper

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Today i bring you an indie author with a prized book Pigment a mystery thriller, let’s know her a little more.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I’m a creative producer and an award-winning and bestselling author. As a storyteller, I’ve crafted for the big screen, the little screen, books, the stage, in speeches, press, marketing and advertising communications. I’m especially compelled to create and share stories that examine the human condition and have a positive impact. In addition to novels and videos, I’ve helped shape and tell stories for individuals and brands including Buzz Aldrin, Time Warner Inc., Comcast, Toyota, JBL, DuPont, and more.

I founded Story Matter as a creative lab in 2011. There I lead teams to craft stories that reflect the human condition, tales that are mindful and meaningful, stories that matter.

 

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?

PIGMENT: The Limbs of the Mukuyu Tree Book 1. It’s my debut novel and it addresses a real and present issue in today’s world. It has also garnered the LYRA Award for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and is a finalist in the International Book Awards Cross-Genre category. I’m publishing my second novel in November, SUNSET BLUES, the first in a noir-ish detective series that looks at human trafficking in Los Angeles, among other issues.

 

Which writers inspire you?

Oh, so many! Here are several: Salman Rushdie, Naguib Mahfouz, Toni Morrison, Peter Quinn, John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, Alice Sebold, J.K. Rowling

 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No. I’ve had the pleasure of consulting on and editing works by other authors. I have co-written screenplays and that is a wonderful experience. I’d imagine with the right pairing up, a collaboration on a novel could be fun and fruitful.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always been a storyteller. As I wee child I was very enamored with post-its. They were the perfect size on which for me to write my first books…once I knew how to write words.

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