I bill myself as the peculiar eclectic writer. I am a scientist from Latin America, but I decided to fulfill my dream of writing something besides technical articles only recently. This I began to do by publishing my work under the pen name "Phantomimic" on the document sharing site Scribd.com, where my stories accumulated more than one hundred thousand reads and hundreds of comments. Based in part on this enthusiastic response to my work, I decided to take it to the next level. My first book on the Amazon Kindle is the collection of short stories entitled: "The Sun Zebra".
The book’s I’ve liked the most are Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Asimov’s Foundation and Robot books, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion books, and Gabriel Garcia Marques’ One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Inspirations for the book?
I was inspired to write my book “The Sun Zebra” by a picture of a real sun zebra. I can’t tell you more without spoiling the first story.
Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
More like when I was in high school and college but I got sidetracked into a scientific career that did involve writing but it was mostly technical stuff.
Any Pet Peeves?
I like to have some things always in certain places and it annoys me when people remove them and place them elsewhere.
Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
The weirdest thing you've ever done?
I stuck my hand into a bowl full of oil and vinegar at a restaurant. I mistook it for the bowl where they kept the pennies for glass bottle refunds. You should have seen the face of the person to whom the bowl of oil and vinegar belonged too.
Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
There is not soundtrack but if there was one it would be to the tune of the song “Carpet of the Sun” by Renaissance:http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Do you need anything to write?
Ideally I need peace and rest, but that is in short supply in today’s world. So I settle for waiting to “get into the mood” to write.
How long do you write on any average day?
Average is misleading. I write in fits and starts. I go for many days without writing and then all of sudden I may write several thousand words in a couple of days.
Give us the number one reason to read your book.
My book “The Sun Zebra” is unique, fun, and inspirational. I describe it as a children’s book for grownups. It is a collection of short stories that deal with the “adventures in living” of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother, Rhonda, and Nell's father who is the narrator of the stories. The stories deal with how the world of adults and its hard realities intersects with the magical carefree world of children.
A collection of family-friendly stories about the "adventures in living" of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother, Rhonda, and Nell's father who is the narrator of the stories. The stories deal with how the world of adults and its hard realities intersects with the magical carefree world of children. Their purpose is to help us discover or rediscover what it is to see the world through the eyes of a child.
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