Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Authorsday: Alain Gomez

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, even since I was very young. I actually considered making a study of it when I went to college. But I worried that making a career in the field would ruin the fun for me. I think deadlines would just start to feel draining after awhile.

How did you pick the genre you write in?

I write short stories but I like to dabble in a variety of topics. Thus far I’ve done western romance and science fiction thrillers. I want to try fantasy next. Short stories suit me. I have a more concise writing style. So I suppose the genre picked me.

Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?

A little of both. Usually I have a general idea as to story direction before I start. But I think the best stories are the ones you just let play out naturally. See where the characters take you.

What was the name of the first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it?

“Payroll” is my first story. Before turning it into an ebook, I didn’t even try to publish it.

What do you know now that you are published that you didn’t know pre-published that you wish you knew?

There’s a whole lot more to the advertising and promotion part of self-publishing than I expected. Blogs such as this definitely do help spread the word about your work. I wish I had done “blog tours” sooner.

What was the best writing advice someone gave you?

Someone mentioned to me in passing that if you aren’t getting negative reviews, you aren’t being widely read. I really liked that. It stuck with me.

If you have a day job, what is it?

I’m a self-employed violin instructor. But I do a variety of music-related things. I teach private violin lessons, I have a quartet that plays for weddings, I run an after-school violin program and I do some freelance writing for music magazines.

What’s your writing schedule?

Write when I can. Generally in between violin lessons or in the evening if I have some free time.

What’s your favorite food?

It’s a toss-up between deviled eggs and French onion dip.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m all over the place. Aside from teaching the violin, I like golfing and playing racquetball. I took up Tai Chi about a year ago. I really like playing strategy board games like Settlers of Catan. I also enjoy going beer and wine tasting.

Here's my author bio:

Alain Gomez lives in San Diego and has been writing since she was sixteen. She works in the field of music but has continued to pursue her passion for writing as an independent author. Though she generally sticks to writing shorter stories, Alain enjoys experimenting with a variety of genres including romance and thrillers.

Here's a blurb for my short story, "Celebrity Space":

Set in the not too distant future, a worker hopes that his new job at the spaceport will allow him to get his life back on track. While taking passengers to the space hotel "Moonwalk", a collision with an unknown object brings his dreams... and possibly his life... to a screeching halt.

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