Current Release: The Scribe
Describe your current release in two sentences?
THE SCRIBE is a medieval thriller about secrets and a very important, mysterious manuscript, but it also is about a girl trying to do what she loves, even though it is not what society condones. And it is now available in English, translated by Simon Bruni.
What are you working on?
Currently, I am finishing an exciting historical novel about a group of Americans after the Great Depression. It is a story full of drama, suspense and emotion. I cannot give away anything more, because my agent is dealing with the rights, but I can promise you that this novel will be a fantastic discovery that will touch the hearts of the readers in the same way it is now touching mine.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
I have always had the invaluable help and love of my wife Maite. She is not only my inspiration, she supports of all my weaknesses too. It does not matter if it rains or if it thunders, she always is there. My brother Javier is also always ready to read my first drafts, and his advice is clever and useful. Both of my parents together are the core of my life. They trusted in me as much in the first difficult moments as they do now, when my books are best sellers. They were my only help in the beginning. I had to work very hard, stealing hours from my sleep, my holidays, and my family, but in the end it was worth it.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Yes, of course. My favourite moment is when I meet a reader who has read all of my books, and he cannot erase a smile from his face. This moment is incredible, and I enjoy it the same way a little boy enjoys his presents from Santa Claus. I enjoy when I work as lecturer in creative writing workshops and I meet some readers that have entered the course just because they have read my books. As I always write for my readers, never for myself, this is an incredible reward.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I love to walk along the fantastic beaches of Cullera, where I have my studio. When I am tired, I go to the bronze sand and I let the sun bathe my skin. Then I close my eyes and I can feel how my brain recharges with new ideas. It is fantastic.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Q&A!
My next book is called The Last Paradise. It will be published in 2014.