From an early age, Mr. Gomez has been fascinated by subjects of mythology, folklore, ancient history, and the paranormal. He always enjoyed art but never considered becoming an author. It all started as an outlet and a way to express his creativity. His passion for writing had later resulted in several published Novellas and Short Stories. Mr. Gomez admits his love for storytelling, imagery, atmosphere, and tone. He attends College pursuing a degree in English Language and Literature. He enjoys reading, riding his bike, and collecting coins from different countries in his spare time.
· Where are you from?
I was born in Venezuela but had lived in the US for more than 20 years.
· Why do you write?
It is my passion, one that I did not know I had. Writing is an outlet and a way to express my creativity. Writing allows me to connect with others at a deeper level, no matter what their race, sex, religion, or political views.
· What do you write about?
I write Short Stories and novellas in the genre of Horror, Historical Fiction, and Cyberpunk.
· Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I think that by being bilingual, in a way you have a writing style. I prefer the 1st Person Point of view and Am not too crazy about dialogue. I strive to stand out from other writers, we can say I add some of my own ingredients to the stories.
· What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
The biggest obstacle is your attitude about life. I am, however, my worst critic. It is important for me that I am satisfied with the finished work. When you are passionate about what you do there are no real obstacles.
· What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
A reader, a sweet old lady, said to me after reading one of my books: “From now on Francisco, I’m calling you Mr. Scary!” I took that as a compliment of course.
· How long have you been writing?
I started writing 8 years ago and published my first short story back in 2014.
· When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
Good question. It all started during a very dark period in my life. The writing was pretty much all I could do. I took pen and paper and started writing, and ten books later, here I am! To be honest with you, I never considered becoming an author in my life.
· What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Every day of the week, I prefer the early evening and nighttime. On Sundays, I like writing after a nice relaxing bike ride.
· What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Sometimes I do not reveal much about the protagonist or the events surrounding the characters. That forces the reader to use his/her imagination. It gives a sense of mystery to the overall theme.
· How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
Normally, a short story or novella takes me 6-7 months.
· Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Yes, my best advice is to get started! As simple as that. Grab a pen and paper and jot down a few ideas. You have to start somewhere and go from there.
· What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
Making it original. I do not want to be a copycat. I want to offer something different, what would be the point in writing things that everyone is writing about? It is important for me to make something fresh and unique.
· What do you think makes a good story?
A good story speaks to you and makes you think about it after you have finished reading it. Then again, you may get a different answer depending on what you ask. That is why I believe it is important that you never compromise your vision.
· What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive. My Dad, who enjoys writing as well, is always trying to help me with my books. We share a love for words and language.
· Do you see writing as a career?
I would like to do writing full-time in the future. You have to understand there is a lot of competition, and making writing a career is not easy. I believe God will set things up when the time is right.
· Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
I am very grateful to all my readers. Your support is golden! I never take you for granted. Thank you all! Please continue supporting my work.
· When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After publishing my 8th Book that is when I considered myself a storyteller. The definition of a writer can mean different things depending on who you ask. Anyone can write, but telling a story, in my humble opinion, is a completely different thing.