Today we are pleased to announce a new collaboration in Gobblers: Francisco Hernández. The author has kindly accepted to answer a few questions on literature, reading and writing. Thanks for joining and welcome aboard, Francisco!
Q: Do you have a favourite book? If so, which one?
A: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
Q: Do you have a favourite author? If so, who would it be?
A: Ayn Rand
Q: Since when have you been writing? Did you have any previous intuition that you’d become a writer?
A: Writing has been a long-time project of mine; one of those things you put off for later, for when you “grow up”—there has always been the time-constraint factor.
I suspected a hidden potential for writing at an early age, but never paid attention to it until, perhaps, some six years ago, when I started more actively writing poetry.
I do not consider myself a writer, much less a seasoned one. But I do love writing and throwing ideas out there.
Q: Literature and gender. Could you give me your opinion?
A: Literature, I believe, is a form of art, and art a way of expressing an array of life experiences, views, and the sort.
Literature is not gender-specific, and to that I ask: is God female or male?
Tradition holds it male, but others will say female. Does gender matter in literature? And again, there are mixed feelings to the question. It all depends on the lenses from which you view the world, the tastes and the preferences. A good writer necessarily reads both genders to better understand where he or she stands in relation to others, and thus better understand the world.
Q: Self-publishing vs publisher: what would you opt for? Why?
A: there are too many hoops and loops with mainstream publishers, let alone the cost of going that route. They are very selective—so your work necessarily would have to be very good to even be looked at, never mind be considered for publishing.
Self-publishing seems the most likely way to go, as it eliminates the middle man, thus reaching readers directly. Having said that, however, in self-publishing you do all the work otherwise done by mainstream publishers. This means that any author considering going this route needs to complete all homework. If you are a hard worker, this would be the way to go. I would go the self-publishing way.
Q: How much time do you devote to writing? Do you regard self-preparation (prior to writing) as something relevant for writing?
A: Writing to me—others may have a different approach—is a constant activity. I think as I am out and about in my daily activities. I use my phone’s notepad to jot down any idea, then as time permits, I try to bring that idea together. Sometimes I let it sit for a few hours or a few days before it fully develops into a draft, after which it’s proofread and edited, if needed.
Q: What advice would you give to novel authors?
A: Know yourself, find your niche, and be true to yourself. Write what you know, and never give up.
Q: What are your current and short-term literature projects?
A: In the short-term I will continue to write for my blog—still under construction. Once fully up and running, it will include a section for short stories, both fiction and non-fiction. But for now, I will stick to poetry, both in English and Spanish. In the long-term, I hope to have written enough to be able to publish an anthology of poems. However, in the back burner lies the adventure of writing a novel. But that is more like a far-fetched dream, although not impossible.
Q: What would you like to write for Gobblers?
A: I will start with poetry, and then, at the appropriate time, include short stories.
Q: What would you like to read in Gobblers?
A: Although my reading (writing) interest lies within the man-life relationship, I am a versatile reader, and will read whatever catches my fancy. I am all up for learning, and a well-put and well-digested idea is food for thought, and can only do good.
Visit the author’s blog at: https://duendesyquimeras.wordpress.com/home/