I would like to introduce Agustin Eliab Juarez who stopped by to for an interview.
Please join me in welcoming him on today!
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
I am inspired by what I see as the magical realism in life. For example, seeing a Mexican family of nine walks the plaza contentedly and in harmony, having ice cream and laughing; the wonder of children playing without a care in the world. I am inspired by things that others take for granted as if those things do not exist. Inspiration comes in the form of music, and in those moments of self-reflection where discoveries take place.
Did you have to do any research for the book? If so what?
The Solitude of Destiny is my Opus, it is really my life's work in the written form and was inspired by events of my youth living in Mexico, with an absent father who I fantasized and created. Having grown up surrounded by family, I naturally sought solitude, time to myself and it was in those moments that I began putting together the story of a man in search of himself, his soul, his integrity, and intellect. The basic research for the book came with years of voluminous reading both in Spanish and English. I once read Les Miserables in French from front to back as a challenge to myself and my intellect.
What are you working on now?
Today I am working on several books: one book about a fantastic true tale of human trafficking taking place in the coastal town of Manzanillo, Mexico. A friend there once shared his true tale while we were out fishing. It gave me the chills, and so a month later I asked him to retell and he did with the exact wordage throughout which made the tale even more valid and credible. It will make for a thrilling film for sure. Next is a book about a son of a Shogun who finds satori as a result of searching for the absolute, in the end surpassing his own Zen Master of a father.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing for me has always been time: it runs out in the day while I would like to continue until I drop. The energy, of course, plays into this. I have to fall asleep writing in my head instead of on the computer, waking up only to have forgotten what I wrote during my sleep.
What can readers expect next?
Readers can now expect a more learned and experienced writer from me. Life does teach us lessons that we carry within. Just recently, for example, I lost a young nephew who I loved a great deal for his own love of life. I am still processing his death, yet I know that I will have him in my thoughts for years to come. He did not have the chance to experience life fully, and that is a chilling thought if you think of it, considering many of us have lived a life into adulthood.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?
The question I would like someone to ask me about being a writer is: why is it so difficult for a Mexican writer in particular, to be taken seriously so to be published by a major house? I would like that answer, considering I have a very titled education and I am highly accomplished intellectually. Why am I not taken seriously as per The Solitude of Destiny - a serious book that deals with society, accomplishment by the underdog, racism, and love? Do you write fluff, would be another question? I would like to be asked if I would enjoy knowing that the Spanish speaking public is 900 million people. I would then translate the book into Spanish and make some publisher gazilions of moolah. But publishers are generally only interested in publishing books by the famous and has-beens because that is a more secure investment for them.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
If I were writing a book about life I would title it Educate Yourself Seriously to Have a Great
Agustin Eliab Juarez is a novelist and screenwriter. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas Agustin grew up in the same house as his father in Guadalajara, Mexico. He attended Stanford University, earning two degrees, the latter a Master's in Cultural and Social Anthropology. In addition, he spent one year studying in Mexico's prestigious Colegio de Mexico studying The Evangelization of the Indian. His first novel The Solitude of Destiny was published in 2014. Agustin also writes in Spanish; his first novel, La Luna en Llamas, published in 2014 on the Amazon Books site. His daughter Sofia lives and works in New York City.