on June 27 2014
Genres: Humorous Fiction
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Have you ever wondered why popular books keep giving us the same tired plot lines over and over again?
Peter sure does.
He has a theory that there are simply no more original ideas left in the world. To prove his hunch right, he makes a bet with his best friend, Andy. Together, along with the girl of his dreams and his best friend’s wife, they set out on a zany adventure that includes escaping the clutches of an illegal street racing crew, a terrorist attempt, one creepy morgue attendant, and a near death experience at the wheel of a well-known celebrity.
Will Peter find out why all of the words went away or will this unlikely foursome just prove he is a terrible writer?
Enjoy the Interview
- Welcome to Rae Z Ryans! For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure thing! My name is Christina Escamilla and I’ve been writing fiction professionally for about three years now. I started off by entering my short stories, flash fics, and other writing into various contests. I published my first book, “64 Deaths” in 2013 and have just released “The Day the Words Went Away”. Before that I did a lot of technical and ghostwriting. I’m really excited that the transition has been great so far!
- Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
I do have a particular writing style. I like to set-up my plot catalyst and the overall arc of the story very early on. I also like to include a lot of twists so that the reader never really knows what to expect. As far as habits go, I don’t think I have any peculiar ones. Usually I have set writing times and when I work, I usually listen to classical music. One thing that I have a bad habit of, I tend to chew on the collar of my shirt while I think lol
- Whom would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
I have a ton of favorite authors and my inspiration probably changes with the genre in question. For my first book, 64 Deaths I was inspired by famous horror writers such as Richard Matheson, as well as macabre art such as Stephen Gammell’s work in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series.
Since my most recent book is a comedy and has a lot of moments of parody, I relied heavily on inspiration from pop culture, classic skits, my own misadventures, and things of that nature. As a writer, I try to susceptible to new experiences and drawing inspiration from a variety of different places.
- What books are currently on your bookshelf?
My bookshelves are my pride and joy, and I like to keep them well-stocked. I have pretty eclectic tastes so I have sections for adult genre fiction (horror, humorous, romance, etc), poetry and memoirs, then I have YA, middle grade and children’s books. Followed by art books and graphic novels, and finally reference section.
- Your latest novel is. What is the background behind the story, and can you tell us a little bit about the series?
My latest novel is called, “The Day the Words Went Away.” I got the idea when I tried my hand at nanowrimo and simply thought “…I can’t do this.” I thought about how evil the blinking cursor was before and I decided to just type out my thought process.
From this escalated the tale of Peter, who wants desperately to become a writer, but is failing miserably. He is too burdened with the idea of possibilities and writing something that is uniquely his. Eventually has this crazy idea that there is no more original thought left in the world, and to prove that theory right he makes a bet with his best friend, Andy. Together, along with Andy’s wife and Peter’s crush, they embark on a zany adventure.
- What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?
By far, my favorite scene to write was the ‘bus scene’ in the chapter “The Wheels on the Bus Go…OH DEAR GOD!” I started off with one or two characters reacting to the mishap (if you can call it a ‘mishap’) and then it just kind of went from there. Even rereading it I still have a good laugh at just the absurdity of it all.
- Were there any ideas or character you had to leave out that you would like to revisit or work into another novel?
Not particularly, I found that this book gave me a lot of room to add as many characters as I want because it just added to the randomness. However, there was scene that I wanted to do because it was pretty funny but it just didn’t work with the pacing, so I’ll be adding it into the sequel.
- Is there a message, or underlying theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Despite the book being primarily a way to get people to laugh, there is definitely an underlying theme. The core message is to stop worry about the technicalities of writing, and even life in general, but to get out and live.
- What can readers expect to see from you next?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to “The Day the Words Went Away”. In addition to that I have an open call going on for my next anthology. “Welcome to the Future” will be a collection of short stories and flash fics that deal with what the future might be like. I’m really eager to see what kind of ideas everyone has and I’ll even be contributing my own story to the mix.
10. Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring authors, or authors looking to self-publish their novels for the first time?
Absolutely! The best advice I can give is to be perseverant when it comes to your craft. It’s easy to think self-publishing is only a matter of finishing a novel and sending it off into the world, but self-publishing echoes traditional publishing in the sense that the book needs to be edited, have a nice cover design, be formatted correctly, and then run through a leg of marketing. Thus, it’s really important to have a game plan when you are working on your novel.
Thank you for stopping by Christina!
Christina Escamilla is an author, illustrator, and lover of all things books. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in one, she can be found watching a documentary about theoretical science or exploring the vast reaches of the internet. Currently, she lives in Houston, Texas with her bow-tie wearing dog, Murphy.
Enjoy an Excerpt
“Yes, my lady,” I say in my best regal British accent. “I shall have a chocolate milkshake, milked from a cow that has roamed free across the lands without a hoof in a stifled cage, as well as a plate of your finest hand crafted chili cheese fries. Although, if it pleases the fair maiden…easy on the salt.”