#Interviews-in-Translation. Today Jonás Cobos (@JonasCobos).

Hi all:

As you know, I’ve been introducing you to some authors who write in Spanish but whose work has become so popular that is now being translated to English and other languages. Today, I bring you somebody who loves adventures. Jonás Cobos. I’ve found his replies very inspiring and they highlight the wonders a books can achieve.

Author Jonás Cobos
Author Jonás Cobos

Biography:

Jonas Cobos (1967) was born in the Balearic Islands, Spain, grew up in Minorca. At 12 years old he discovered a book by Agatha Christie, and that turned him into a bookworm. In 2010 he studied Creative Writing with the writer Holly Lisle. In 2012 he published “Susurros en la Oscuridad” (Whispers in the Darkness) that quickly became a best seller in the terror genre in Amazon Spain. He is one of the first Spanish authors to write in the Steampunk genre. And his book LA CARACOLA DE NEPTUNO (KRAKEN, Steampunk) has become a best seller in that genre. Now his book has been translated to English and Italian.

What got you into writing?

I started writing when I was twelve years old, with the intention of creating new adventures for Hercules Poirot and Captain Hastings, the characters created by Agatha Christie that made me discover the world of books and writing. These were followed by the works of Poe, Verne and H.G. Wells.

Tell us about your experience as an indie writer:

I started to seriously consider the possibility of becoming an independent writer about five years ago. Following the death of my mother I understood that if I wanted to get into writing and become a writer I couldn’t postpone it any longer, or I would never do it.

If you had to choose a single moment from your experience as a writer, which one would it be?

During a chat with a reader who worked as a support teacher for children aged 11 and 12, she told me that she used my book ‘Kraken’ to help them read out loud. When I was their same age I also had the same problem and with the help of a teacher I practiced my reading. That was how I first discovered Agatha Christie’s novels. I think that has been my greatest satisfaction, knowing that one of my books is helping children with the same problem I had.

What made you think about getting your book translated?

Kraken (the previous title in Spanish was La Caracola de Neptuno, Neptune’s Conch Shell) falls within the genre of Steampunk and that genre is much more appreciated and followed in the Anglo-Saxon world than in the Spanish speaking market, so it seemed logical that it would be my first book translated to English.

Tell us something about your book:

Kraken is an adventure story in the purest Jules Verne and steampunk style. It takes place in an alternative Victorian era where historical events are different from our reality. The Spanish Armada was never defeated and the Spanish Empire spreads across both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the novel there are conspiracies, secret societies and submarine travels in search for lost civilizations.

Any advice for your fellow writers (in particular for new writers)?

It’s very important to take care of the final result. An eye-catching cover, a good description, and, especially regarding translations, it’s necessary to be very careful. I think it’s very important that afterwards the text is checked by native readers who can offer an opinion on the final result.

Links:

Author page:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonas-Cobos/e/B009BTWC9I/

The Kraken (Chapters 1&2)   viewbook.at/B00PT1EQAK

The Kraken (Chapters 3&4)  viewBook.at/B00R3LS47U

The Kraken (Chapters 5&6)  Coming Soon

And to give you an idea of what readers think, an opinion of Kraken (Chapter 1 and 2).

Steampunk with a Spanish Twist 25 de diciembre de 2014

Por Ralph E. Vaughan – Published in Amazon.com

This book, originally published in the author’s native Spanish but now available in English, immerses the reader in a steampunk themed alternate history where the Spanish Armada was much more successful than it was in our timeline, and also raises the possibility that our timeline owes its existence to the interference of time saboteurs. Where other authors give us the trappings of steampunk without real substance, Jonas Cobos infuses his world thoroughly with the substance and spirit of the genre, 110% full of steampunk ideas and motivations. And he did something few other writers have done…made steampunk goggles actually functional tools rather than mere fashion statements.

The story follows the exploits of a Spanish secret service agent as he trails a group trying to change the past and destroy the timeline of his own world. Although the book sets up for a larger continuing story, the reader is treated to two self-contained episodes that are fun and satisfying in themselves, as well as an ending that raises expectations for more adventures to come while not leaving the reader dangling.

I am looking forward to reading more by this talented and imaginative writer, and in following the continuing adventures of this secret agent as he wends his way through a milieu that has an interesting non-Anglo twist.

Thanks so much to Jonás for being our guest today, thanks to all of you for reading, and please feel free to share, like, comment and click to learn more things about the author and his books.

Olga Núñez Miret

@OlgaNM7

http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com

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Q&A Kent Whittington To Whom Shall You Enquire? @KentWhittington

To Whom Shall You Enquire?

Kent Whittington

 Sometimes you just come across someone who you find interesting. It might be their name, an image, just anything. My guest today was interesting to me for all those reasons and once we communicated about a possible interview I wanted to know more. Then came his answers to my questions. We have a few things in common. Meet . . .

 

 Kent Whittington

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RW: Where are you from?

KW: I was born in Montrose, Colorado and spent my youth betweenin Anchorage, Alaska, Ogden, and Pleasantview (Utah), and Sacramento, Davis, and Courtland (California) before finally settling down (for now) in Orangevale, California. Oh! I also spent some time in New Jersey, but the less said about that the better!

RW: Who are your favorite authors?

KW: I used to manage a small chain bookstore, so I had access to a myriad of books and authors from all genres, so it’s hard to nail down just a few. If you were to ask which authors have inspired me, Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Diana Rowland, and Kevin J. Anderson come to mind. King has a mind that I love to play in from time to time. I love his character development as much as the plots.  Both are important factors in any writing. You have to have both for a story to mesh and he is a master! Jim Butcher’s style of Urban fantasy/horror in his “Dresden Files” books match my style very well and I adore each and every one of his characters (even the villains!).  As for Ms. Rowland and Mr. Anderson, I enjoy their tongue-in-cheek approach to their stories. The quirkier, the better!

RW: What is your favorite beverage to drink, any kind?

KW: I’m a soda nut.  It’s not good for me, I know.  I try and stay away from the caffeinated drinks though, and limit myself mostly to a root beer when I’m out dining. I’m not a drinker, but on special occasions, I have been known to down a wine cooler or two. What can I say, I’m a wild man!

 

RW: What is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?

KW: I have been heavily into the arts ever since I was a kid and I currently create graphic art in the form of T-shirt designs. Much of my current work can be seen at my freelance webpage (freelanced.com/kentwhittington) and some of my work is currently available at Redbubble (redbubble.com/people/foxfeather). When I get to the exploding point for this, I usually watch some television or catch a movie, maybe even read a book.

 Kent_Eleventh_Hour_Dr.Who Kent_Game_of_Empires Kent_Standoff

 

RW: What is your favorite word?

KW: Defenestrate. Have you ever wanted to defenestrate something before? It can be very satisfying!

RW: What is your background in writing, what makes you a writer?

KW: The funny thing is, I hated writing when I was a kid. All I ever wanted to do was draw. It wasn’t until my teens that I even thought about writing. Back then I was doing both when I created my own graphic novel.  The writing was horrible, but I did discover that it could be fun to put words to my comics and characters. This lead to attempts at fantasy fiction novels and plays.  I even tried my hand at poetry (for the ladies, y’know?) and did pretty well. Once I discovered RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, the floodgates opened and I was writing all of the time.  I had discovered my muse and his name was Gygax! I wrote scenarios for games that were epic in nature. The next thing I knew I was writing for the sheer enjoyment of writing!

RW: What is the title of your story and why did you choose that name?

KW: My story, “To Whom Shall You Enquire?” was my first attempt at steampunk fiction. Of course, I love the supernatural and steampunk is one of that genre’s natural playgrounds so the incorporation was easy. The characters in the story are basically Victorian ghostbusters so the title is a play on the phrase, “Who you gonna call?”.

RW: What genre does your story fall into?

KW: Steampunk and supernatural with a little urban fantasy thrown in for good measure.

RW: Why do you write in the genre that you do?

KW: I love the supernatural, always have!  Urban horror puts it in the here and now and allows the “what if?” to shine through.  For me, a story isn’t complete unless you throw a monster into the mix.

RW: Tell us a little about your story.

KW: “To Whom Shall You Enquire?” tells the story of a young doctor in Victorian London who finds himself under attack by a supernatural force. While he doesn’t believe in the supernatural, the events leave him no choice but to take a friend’s advice and call upon the assistance of a pair of spiritual eviction experts (a.k.a. ghostbusters).

RW: What inspired the story?

KW: It was borrowed from a novel I am working on. The organization the characters belong to is the same as in the novel, just set back for Victorian times and given a steampunk flavor.

RW: Tell us about your main character(s) and what you think will connect them to readers.

KW Tough question. The main characters are two “spectral exterminators” named Johannes Abraham and Isabella Stanton. They are both expatriates from their home countries who have come together over the mutual loss of their spouses. Both joined the organization they work for in an effort to contact their loved ones in the afterlife and have become companions to one another due to their shared loss. Johannes is an inventor who creates devices for their work, while Isabella is a sensitive who can see spirits. Think of them as Victorian ghostbusters.

I think that their bond through their mutual loss makes them very relatable characters and, while they both share a fondness for one another, it is that loss that prevents them from having more than simply a working relationship. The loss is still very fresh for both of them, yet they are their own small support group.

RW: Who would play your main character(s) in a movie?

KW:  Ashley Green from the Twilight Saga would make a wonderful Isabella, while my choice for Joannes would be Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison.

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RW: What message do you think your story delivers to the reader?

KW: I’m not certain. I’m sure that there is probably a message there, likely that there are bonds beyond death and loss, but I like to think that I wrote the story purely for enjoyment’s sake.

RW: What did you learn about yourself from writing this story?

KW: I realized through the completion of the story that I really am a writer, and have what it takes to weave a good tale.  I am gratified that others get to learn this about me as well.

RW: Describe your story in one word.

KW: Entertaining. That’s all anyone really wants their books to be, right?

RW: Where can we get your story now?

KW: My story is available in an anthology called “Of Hexes and Hauntings: Tales From the Other Side” through Witty Bard Publishing.  It can be found on Amazon.com currently in eBook format.

Hexes

RW: What other work do you have to share with us and can you tell us a little about them?

KW: This is my second published work. The first is a little story called “The Huntress” which is about a vampire who works as an assassin for the Vatican. She has been redeemed by the church and now hunts the evil denizens in our supernatural world. In the story, she is in Paris hunting an undead creature haunting the Paris Underground. This is also a free publication available at www.sendyourscript.com/novels-short-stories/c1219 in PDF format. I invite all of your readers to enjoy it.

RW: How do people connect with you through all forms of social media?

KW: I can be found at the following links:
Facebook

About me.com/kentwhittington

RW: Do you currently have representation? If so who, and if not describe what qualities you would like in an agent and what you would bring to the relationship.

KW: No, I don’t have an agent yet. I would probably want a friendly, motivational person who is an editing monster and who wants my success for me as much as themselves. I would seek out an agent who meshes with my personality; a fellow geek.

I would bring friendship and a commitment to writing that would benefit us both. After all, we both want to get paid.

RW: What are you working on right now?

KW: I have two novels in the works right now. The first is called “Crimson Cove,” about a small town in Northern California besieged by evil and the one man who can stop it. Then there is “The Beastly Arms” about a young woman who moves into a condo and finds the tenants are creatures from legend and myth in disguise.

RW: What book are you reading at this time?

KW: Nothing yet, but I’m going to pick up a copy of Jim Butcher’s “Skin Game” in the morning.

RW: What is your biggest tip for someone to getting published?

KW: Write, and write often. Do whatever you can to get published, be it free publications, contests, submissions to publishers or even self publishing. Get others to discover your work.

RW: If you could have written any book that exists, other than your own, what would it be and why?

KW: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series because his stories so closely resemble my own.

 

What do Kent and I have in common? We both love Jim Butcher. I’m not certain if he would be jealous to discover I had a long conversation with Jim at Dragoncon in Atlanta one time, or got him to sign one of his books for me. Probably not. This was during the first round of Dresden books. If Kent can capture that early Dresden Files magic, we will be hearing about him for a long time. Check on the free work he mentioned and buy this book as well.

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Much Respect

Ronovan

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