Friday, 26 April 2013
Author Interview: Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martínez Robalino was born in Riobamba, Ecuador, in 1971. Having a tendency towards literary arts, he won at an early age a poetry contest titled “El niño vendedor de periódicos”, translated “The Boy Who Sold Newspapers”.
In 1986, at age 15, he starts writing musical pieces, his portfolio counting over 100, of which eight registered on vinyl and CD.
Carlos derives joy from music, movies and writing, three forms in which he constantly communicates and shares his experiences.
Raised in the generous soil of Latin America, Carlos is passionate about nature, being a devoted ecologist, fighting to stop deforestation, which, he truly believes disrupts the planet’s ecosystem.
Besides his great pleasures, music, movies and writing, Carlos finds fulfillment in travelling, having visited many places in Europe and North America, as it offers him a fresh perspective, inspiration and amazement in front of nature’s beauty.
Carlos is empowered by the quote “When I am, I don’t think; When I think, I am not here”. Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I don’t plan everything. I just let the story flow, as I consider this process more challenging and surprising. I believe that planning everything deprives the joy of the unknown. For that, I am always emphasized by a quote: “When I am, I don’t think; When I think, I am not here”.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
No, this book emphasizes more on the deep content rather than on the characters.
What is your favourite food?
Regarding this subject, I really must say that I enjoy the most eating tuna, eggs and rice.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am definitely a night owl.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I very much enjoy travelling and I have visited many places from Europe and North America, but, I may say that I would love to visit Tibet as I find it unique and filled with deep spiritual impressions. I would come back fully energized and inspired from such a journey.
Do distant places feature in your books?
No, actually they don’t.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No, I don’t listen to music while writing. However, I do write musical pieces; my portfolio includes over 100 of which eight registered on vinyl and CD. I constantly communicate and share my experiences through music, writing and movies.
Sure, I would love to. My latest and in the same time, my first release is a novel about self discovery. The spiritual journey my readers are invited to make is accompanied by the main characters of the novel, David and Peter, all along which allowed me, the author, to share with the public some life changing philosophies and ideas that have a great impact and challenged me as well as it will challenge the readers.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
Writing this book became my therapy and I considered my first release a transformational quest for my own personal beliefs. I found that publishing a book is a challenging process, filled with ups and downs, yet rewarding in the spiritual sense, as now I can say I have a written legacy – my first novel, and hopefully, not my last. During this process, I met a lot of talented individuals who helped me and for whom I am extremely grateful, as they helped me share my story with the rest of the world.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Writing and publishing my fist book was an incredible journey thus, no, I might say, I wouldn’t change anything, as it was an amazing experience and enjoyed every moment of it.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My first story was inspired by Eckhart Tolle, the author of “The power of now”.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
To whoever reads this interview, my advice to you is to have confidence in your powers and to enjoy the journey wherever it may take you.
What are three words that describe you?
I can be best described as a charismatic, spontaneous and spiritual individual.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
My favorite book is “The power of now” written by Eckhart Tolle; as a matter of fact, as I answered above, this author was my inspiration for my own book, “The Eagle’s Journey”.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
CM: „The Eagle’s Journey is the story of a man who manages to find his way towards happiness. Learning from the hardships that the wilderness has shown him, he reaches fulfillment. The author offers the reader the opportunity to learn the secret of a better life - the grace of being in the here and now.” ~ Bogdan Vosloban – Freelance Journalist & Owner of Ned32News
List of previous books if any
This is my first book. More to follow! :)
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
CM: You can check my personal author page at www.carlosmartinezrobalino.com
, Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlos-Martinez/217586375051449?ref=hl or you can find my book on Amazon (kindle and paperback edition) and Barnes & Noble.
by Carlos Martinez
True reality can only be found in the present, since the mind creates its own reality, but true perception is in the here and now, only in this moment, only in this place, but not in any other place that implies the time one can be so close to the world’s reality, to the universe, to life, only in this immediate present does the truth of “everything” exist, and the rest is no more than “nothing”.
The novel offers the reader an easy to relate story about self discovery. Some questions may rise and some answers may be given by this accessible and yet profound narrated chain of events. At first it would seem that things are presented in a naive manner but shortly it is proven to the reader that following the path of the Eagle’s Journey might be, if understood at a deeper level, the best choice to make in one’s life.
The story starts when two men go in the wilderness to observe an eagle. Their trip becomes a journey of self-discovery. Peter is an old wise man who tries to show David that in some way there is a resemblance between him and the eagle. Their first trip ends only to be followed by several others at the site. During this time both David and the eagle go through a journey of self improvement.
The easiest way to be aware of the surrounding reality is through senses and thought. Understanding the meaning and using a language to express ideas gives us power over ourselves and others. However the power of thought when wielded without a sense of control can lead to unwanted effects.
Being present in the present is a task that seems difficult at first for David until he understands that the easiest way to live and experience the reality is by living in the "here and now".
In theory it’s easy to accomplish this but he has some childhood issues that need attention and he goes to a professional psychiatrist to help him.
But how can anyone reach this connection to the present moment? Silence. The inner silence is the key to connect to everything that surrounds us. Our thoughts are our best servants but they can also be our strongest enemies. Can we control them or do they control us? Can we silence our minds to allow ourselves the clarity that the nothingness can offer?
After struggles with the habits and prejudices that rooted inside human mind for years due to the various environments that offered an education and thus a metamorphosis from the freely minded child into a socially accepted adult, can anyone be truly free? Completely thought-silenced? One with the flow of life itself?
David finds on the path of the eagle his own path. He becomes the journey of his own life. He understands the reality from a different perspective after confronting his inner self in the psychiatrist’s office and after each of his returns to the place where the eagle shows him a path of self improvement. Therefore he realizes that his journey is one of a better life and acts upon it patiently.
The spiritual journey the reader is invited to make is accompanied by the main characters of the novel all along which allows the author, Carlos Martínez, to share with the public some life changing philosophies and ideas that have a great impact and challenge the readers.
The book is available from amazon | b&n
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