Friday, 30 November 2012
Author Interview: Vic Uria
My background is in philosophy and I have taught English for more than ten years. The LeBourge Chronicles narrates the life of Daffle Clair LeBourge considered the father of the new world order. Set in mid 21st century and runs through early 22nd century, the story begins with his death and ends with the question of whether his legacy will stand the test of time. Part suspense, part love affair, as a whole its a play on how we view success, love and the reality of the future we are faced with.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
Both. I plan the general outline of the story per chapter but what happens is as I write new ideas and twist come to mind and I incorporate them.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Yes and it does get frustrating. To avoid the first person "I am the main character and this is all about me" I wrote the story from the point of view of the other characters in the story and switched to a different writing style.
What is your favourite food?
Mangoes and Lentil Soup
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Because of work night owl.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Madagascar: Mainly because of the white sand, clear blue beaches coupled with a natural surrounding unique to this region. There is also an opportunity to get lost in a 3rd world country away from the resorts which invites danger and adventure.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes, Africa, Russia, China.
Do you listen to music while writing?
At times for inspiration. Usually Wagner if not Electronic Indie Pop
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
My first book is The LeBourge Chronicles. It is a story about a man who inadvertently changes the world through his relationships. It is a love story but not romance rather how love plays both in our personal and social view of society.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
That it needs to be marketed well and the process is frustrating. It seems like you have to beg for your book to be read. But just like all processes once you get over the begging, then you start getting feedback and you realize at least to some it is well worth it.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not differently but to make sure that I learn from this experience. I emailed all my friends and family a free copy in return for a brutal criticism and told them that I needed it for my second book. If you like I could email you or anybody a free PDF copy. Just send me an email request to vicentspain at hotmail com.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Magic Mountain. I was lucky enough to purchase a wonderful translation and it just blew my mind. The flow of the words was like sitting under a waterfall on a hot summer day.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Hey if love doing it, just do it. After, we don't really have much choice.
What are three words that describe you?
adventurous, caring and unpredictable
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
Have lots: Authors: Thomas Mann, Hemingway, Murakami, Tom Wolfe among many others. Books: Hotel New Hampshire, Short stories of Nabokov, Master and Margarita. So so many.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
I have a video presentation of the book in Youtube: Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz4VYoLv9co
List of previous books if any
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Thank you, Vic and good luck with your books :)