When did your love of books begin?

At the age of 9. Due to a childhood accident, I had to remain at domestic for the entire summer of 1967. I had a lot of time on my hands and got tired of watching The Three Stooges and Abbott & Costello on TV. That led to my discovery of books, starting with those assigned to my older brother who was in High School. The first book I remember reading in it’s entirety was “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.”

When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

In College. Still working on that first book idea (“Speak No Evil”)

How have you found the process for becoming an author?

Tedious

What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

Discipline + creative exploration = the best combination. Read the works of fantastic writers. Write what you know and write every day. Do not get in your own way by self-editing. Let the words just flow out of you. “Think it and they will (words) will come.”

Tell us approximately your book/books:The short list*
Speak or Evil (What would happen whether brainwashing were made illegal?) C
Gypsies and Nomads (Biographical historical fiction) WIP
Slow Death in Paradise (Short Stories) C
21: Poems of Love and Insanity (Bilingual Spanish-English) C
*WIP=Work in ProgressC=Completed

What do you love approximately the writing/reading community?

Constructive feedback.

If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

You’re mind can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Be intellectually curious, give free reign to your creative and be disciplined; not an easy combination but we each find out own balance. Be ever hopeful. Pray. 🙏

Where can people connect with you?[email protected]/Text/WhatsApp: 305.391.8678Rafael Ventura-Rosa

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