About the author
Adrian Morales is an up-and-coming writer who wishes to put a smile on everyone's face through his imaginative writings, in the form of poems, short stories, and novels. They can be found all over social media, and some have even made their way to marketplaces such as Amazon, Google Play Books, and Kobo.
Interview with Adrian Morales
TTJ: What inspired you to start writing?
Adrian: My mother did. She has always encouraged me to put pen to paper and bring my writings to life.
TTJ: When did you start writing?
Adrian: The moment I learnt how. I was more interested in my poems and stories than doing any homework.
TTJ: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Adrian: I suppose so, although I never really thought about it. It was just something I did. That is the beauty of writing, after all, simply doing it.
TTJ: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Adrian: Sadly, we live in an “instaworld” where everything is but a tap away, a million things vying for our undivided attention. As a writer, it is easy to become discouraged, but if it is something that you truly love, then keep at it. Your passion should not be quantified by the number of “likes” you receive.
TTJ: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
I think it is all right to take a break once in a while, but I am sure everyone has their own way of releasing stress.
TTJ: How do you handle stress?
Adrian: Well, there is a reason why I distanced myself from modern civilisation -- the root of all stress -- and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. What I am seeing today further solidifies my decision.
TTJ: How do you handle writer’s block?
Adrian: I focus on other passions and activities.
TTJ: What are your passions and activities?
Adrian: When I am not writing, I create various drawings and paintings. I have even produced a few short animated movies. They can be found on my YouTube channel.
TTJ: Describe your writing space.
Adrian: A desk and a chair. I doubt fancy furniture is going to help you write better.
TTJ: What is the most difficult part about writing for you? What do you love most about the writing process?
Adrian: Coming up with a good title. In all seriousness, I love everything about the process, especially creating something entertaining out of nothing.
TTJ: What does success mean to you?
Adrian: Someone who reads my stuff and tells me that they actually felt something. It is the fuel that keeps me going.
TTJ: How do you handle literary criticism?
Adrian: Writers and artists, in general, are sensitive beings. Nevertheless, everyone has to right to like or dislike something. You have to accept that some people will never enjoy your creations. Fortunately, others will, so never give up, I say.
TTJ: What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
Adrian: Handling all the paperwork was a nightmare, but it was worth it since I was able to see my works published.
TTJ: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
Adrian: Perhaps, but for now, it has to remain a secret.
TTJ: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Adrian: I have discovered that inspiration can be found all over. You just need to look carefully.
TTJ: What books or authors have most influenced your own writing? And why?
Adrian: I would have to say Charles Dickens, Yann Martel, Jules Verne, and Jane Austen, not only for influencing me, but also for making me a better human being.
TTJ: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Adrian: I draw. I paint. I play with my pets. I go on nature walks. In all honesty, I prefer a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of modern civilisation.
TTJ: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Adrian: I never grew up.
TTJ: Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Adrian: I am not even sure I know myself all that well.
TTJ: What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
Adrian: Well, my mother hails from Transylvania, the birthplace of the greatest character in pop culture: Count Dracula. It really is a beautiful place that everyone should visit.
TTJ: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Adrian: What sort of a writer would I be if I did not write under one?
TTJ: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Adrian: When my childish poem put a smile on my mother’s face. I had a “Wow, writing can make people happy” moment.
TTJ: What made you want to become a writer?
Adrian: It came to me, the need to write.
TTJ: Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Adrian: I might. I just do not define myself by my talents or my work. I simply am.
Books by Adrian Morales
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