Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords.
1.What inspired you to write your first book?
I am not sure how to answer this question. I was reading a friend’s story and I thought that maybe I should also try to see if I could write absurd stories too. So I went to my blog and started typing. The result was the first draft of Little Nani’s first story. People liked it and asked for more. So I decided to write a book with stories featuring Little Nani.
2.What books have influenced your life the most?
All the novels written by Jane Austen. Jane Austen is the solution to everything.
3.What are your current projects?
I am working on several WIPs. First of all, I am already writing the second book in the Little Nani series. I have also planned a series of “choose your own adventure” books featuring Little Nani and I hope I can go back to working on them soon. I also started writing a Regency-based novella, but I don’t know when I will finish that one. Finally, I am writing a non-fiction book about writing techniques.
4.If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything, but maybe I would include more illustrations.
5.What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
The toughest criticism came from a fellow author, who thought that I shouldn’t write in English since it is not my mother tongue. This author said that I was too pretentious. That really hurt me. I do things in the way that are more comfortable for me, and I don’t think I am doing them too badly.
6.What has been the best compliment?
The best compliment was to be told that my stories were similar to the Wizard of Oz, but this person added that my stories stood apart for their originality. Oh, and another person said that my writing style is similar to Jane Austen’s. That made my day.
7.Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
There is no such a thing as an aspiring writer. If you write, you are a writer. If you don’t write, you are not a writer. So the only advice I can give is never give up writing. Well, and look for my book on creative writing techniques *winks*
8.What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I am too stubborn to give up.
9.What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I am way too impatient.
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to say that it would be great if all readers could consider writing a review of the books they read. Or at least, they could rate them after reading. Maybe they don’t realise that, but it is extremely helpful for writers, even if the review is not very favourable. However, reviews make us go up in the rankings. So, please, help an author and leave a review.