Any Bloggers interested in being featured on his blog, visit here .He'd love to dig deep inside your head about being a book blogger and he's really open minded about what genres you review in, after we've all had our fair share of conducting interviews, why not flip the role!
Henry, like us, has a passion for reading, writing and exploring the world one day at a time!
So let's take the time to get to know a very amazing author!
Let me begin by expressing my gratitude for interviewing me. Bloggers like you are a great resource.
A bit about myself: I'm 37, male, and married. Other than my family, I have two great passions that keep me going: literature and motorcycles. I read as much as I can, ride whenever I can, and, at night when everyone's asleep, I sit in a dark room illuminated by the dim light of my laptop screen and try to silence the creative voices in my head. It doesn't always work, so I also woodwork, garden, and restore old bikes, which are all creative pastimes. I'm a hopeless romantic with pessimistic tendencies, I dream of living on every continent before I die, and I tend to stare at the horizon absentmindedly, either thinking of all the beauty that surrounds us or the next adventure I'd like to undertake.
The story is not really all that interesting. I'd assume that a lot of the self-published authors came to be where they are because of similar reasons. My personal story started back in 2006 when I completed the first draft of Escaping Barcelona. Like most authors, I spent too much time researching publishers, agents, editors, and literary agencies, writing queries and waiting for the offer that never arrives. With over a hundred rejections under my belt, luck finally smiled at me. A start-up Canadian micropress accepted my novel for publication. We spent the next year editing the book. Just before the release date, the owner hinted that the press might not survive (for unrelated reasons), but I insisted that we should still go ahead. After all, I had a lot of time invested in the book, and, as all authors, I had high hopes. The press, unfortunately closed its doors a few weeks after the release.
Well, while this was going on, I worked on Finding Eivissa, the sequel to Escaping Barcelona. After I got the rights to my first book back, I started querying again, only to learn that no one I contacted was interested in a second edition of a book that did not sell a million copies. I continued working and querying, but by the time I finished Eluding Reality, the third book in the trilogy, I had enough of rejections. Exhilaration turned into discouragement. I became quite demoralized about the whole thing, and abandoned the project altogether. In the mean time, I continued working on short stories and poetry, and once I get over the 'hurt-puppy' feeling, I picked myself up. Around the same time, a friend, who is an exceptional author, kept telling me to self-publish.
While I originally resisted the idea of self-publishing (we all dream of being picked up by a major publisher), I researched the market and print option, and I realized that a lot has changed since 2006. There was a surge in e-books, more POD options, and a lot of new titles from independent authors. I dusted off the old files, and took a critical look at Escaping Barcelona. By the time I was done with the revisions, ninety percent of the book was rewritten. The general story line stayed the same, but the text had undergone significant changes. I spent another few months working on the interior layout (for the print edition) and the cover, and here I am today. Frankly, I owe a lot to one special person who provided me with a lot of support during this journey.
I believe all authors draw inspiration from real-life, and I must admit that I do the same. The original idea behind the story was inspired by a few different things, but mainly by observing homeless teenagers on my way to and from work. I would see the same people every day, hanging out in the same places. I always wondered why, so I imagined a scenario. As for the inspiration after the initial catalyst, I was fascinated by Barcelona and its culture; it was the ideal background for Rudy's journey.
I chose to write character-driven stories where the character's psychological state is more important than the setting itself. This is not because it is my comfort zone, quite the contrary. The human psyche is a very challenging field to explore. My short story collection, Coffee, Cigarettes, and Murderous thoughts, for example, is comprised of stories I was very uncomfortable writing. It was sort of a challenge I took upon myself to delve into the obscure, dark human behaviors that I cannot relate to on a personal level.
That being said, I'm a firm believer that diversity should be embraced, not feared.
I realize that my response may cause some backlash, but so be it. This is not about egos, this is about right and wrong. I refuse to "like" an author whose work I haven't read. After all, recommending something or someone I have no knowledge of, would be wrong.
I feel reviewers should be recognized for the hard work they do, and they should be able to tell their side of the story as well. Even on your own blog, you once posted about having a hard time telling an author that you did not like his/her work. Yet, some authors feel they can discredit a negative review. It should not be this way.