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Enrique Carstens

Pre-Interview: I always like to read. I always like to write.

But I never thought that writing my own texts could save me from depression, boredom, and job dissatisfaction.

So, in that sense, it saved my life. I went to different classes and workshops in Spanish literature and some in English too.

I have enough material to write two books with short stories (others, not so short) and one novel that needs finishing my last chapter.

My best short stories are not translated to English but that's one of my missions now, because I am fully bilingual (almost - 95%) but always felt more confident to write in " literary terms" using my mother's tongue. Lately discovered that when I translate one of my texts to English its much easier than what I thought earlier and I proved this reality with a professional translator who made a couple of translations for me and I did the same translations on my own. There was a couple of adjectives here and there - different- and the use of some prepositions more according to the English language in the translated version. However, with the modern programs, even that was suggested with a solution that was identical or almost identical to the one used by the translator. I'll keep practicing but I may need these services sooner rather than later to speed up a bit this process.

I am attaching a story I just translated because I can use it in my son's company as part of a series of lectures - I was also a Business Professor at the College level in Chile and then in the USA as an Assistant to the Professor when I was getting my MBA. in Edinburg- TX.. I am also going to attach a couple of other short stories and one poem, but all these are in my beautiful mother tongue. Please also visit my blog "Creative writers Unlimited" - with capital letters, exactly as you see them (C and U). You are going to see other authors - not too many- that have posted something in my blog. That's something I hope to re-create more strongly in 2021. More authors.

Author Writer Interview Questions

1.What inspires you most to write?

Having found a passion that is gratifying - self-healing and provided me with a more intense purpose in life. The feedback from readers and literature workshops gave me a confidence because between 80% or 90% of comments and feedback has been favorable and generous.

2. What is your favorite genre?

To read? To write? Sometimes there is no perfect match between one and the other.

Real subjects- short stories; half fiction and half what I would call “bio- fiction”. Real experiences that I observed in people that I have met in my life. Some poems and essays.

3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?

More to the point: Books that tell stories of people of different ages and geographic locations - Adventure Books and real-life dramas, detective-like thrillers and horror thrillers. Historic books but mainly of a contemporary nature.

I admire many authors. One of my favorites in short stories is Edgar Allan Poe and Francisco Quiroga because both are masters of short stories.

4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?

I don’t force too much myself if I don't have a deadline and they are never too long, but I may work on editing an older Text which is more mechanical and it's not so creative.

5. What legal publishing advice can you give?

Always write with a Copy-write legend and the symbol which goes with it, including date and geographical place

6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?

2 Volumes of short stories, One novel. Good feedback but next year (3 days left) I start the final edition process and likely to go with Kindle, Amazon or the like.

7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?

Too many. There are brilliant movies that are entertaining, with good actors and actresses, and the Director/Screen Writer disappoints with the ending. This is crucial because good work may be undervalued if the end is too complicated or doesn't make any sense for the majority of viewers.

8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?

Since I started this only as a hobby and later become a passion, I did not experience too many frustrations in the beginning. Today, to publish formally with an established Publishing House - the literature quality maybe not as important as - the subject (e.g., "how to lose 50 pounds in 2 weeks", the right connections, persistence, marketing, etc.

9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?

Healing myself through the externalization of feelings and realizing that no human being is only pure and crystalline or on the other hand, dark and sinister, most of human beings have characteristics of angels and demons.

10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?

It's indifferent to me. Music is very acceptable and relaxing- especially jazz and instrumentals. I can't write with people chatting or with the TV turned on.

11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?

Love the process more than the result. Read and go to literature workshops, share your material with other writers. Choose a subject with universal appeal, drama, unexpected endings, do not over-complicate your writings using old fashion language and excessively descriptive. That was OK in the old times, with no audio-visual means and less travel and education. Write as if your characters are having a normal conversation. (e.g., do not put difficult dialogues with sophisticated words between simple people or youngsters. That part can be more than compensated with the overall narrative style.

12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?

I don't know much about the subject, more informal conversations so far. I would use the voice of experts. However, you really need to know what kind of expert he or she is and if it's a good match with your type of writings and audience.

13. Why should anyone read your book?

Because they entertain, they teach life lessons and your language skills, imagination, memory, and general culture, will always improve.

14. Did you have a book coach?

15. What was your favorite subject in school?

Math, Spanish, English, and Social Sciences.

16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?

Yes, but I wasn't ready yet. Now, my volumes of short stories (2) and my novel (1) (that is related to pandemics, although I started it in February 2019 and finished it in September of the same year. Just coincidence- it is not a journalistic description of 2020.

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