By: James Ruvalcaba
Hello and happy summer. My name is Emily and thank you for giving me some of your time.
Was writing your first love?
Unfortunately, it was not. I had other passions I had persuaded, but when the opportunity presented itself I took it and use writing as an outlet to get out my story and to vent.
Where do you like to write?
Usually Outside. I enjoy the birds chirping feel the breeze as I write.
Is writing everything you thought it would be?
Yes and more than I thought. I love that writing provided me an outlet and I love that others can relate and understand my stories.
Who is/was your favorite character to write about?
To be honest My Mom. She is mentioned in my book as being the MVP of the whole book. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. Her strength is was carried by Fiancee Anabel and me through our process.
How do you form your story ideas?
Usually by clearing my mind with exercise and then brainstorming on what direction I’m going to go in.
Do you keep notes during the day? (In case something inspires you or if you had a lively conversation and thought, “Hey that would be great in a book.”)
No not necessarily, but people’s words and stories do tend to stick to me and I do my very best to apply their lessons to my everyday life.
Do you write in one sitting or bursts?
In one sitting. I write down as much as I possibly can until I just can’t anymore.
What was the last book you read? Did it live up to your expectations?
The Last book I read was “ Can’t hurt me “ By David Goggins. It went above and beyond my expectations. His story and experiences throughout life turned him into the man he is today and with every reason in the World to quit he decided to his tragedy into triumph.
What are some of your most difficult parts to write?
At times having to stay on the topic. With so many words and ideas flooding my mind it was hard sometimes to stay on the course of the chapter’s topic because I could’ve gone so many different ways with the story.
Did this book follow your original plan? Or did it turn into something completely different?
My original story was the same, but in longer, but after sampling my book to some of my family and friends they said it was too long to read. So with that being said, I shortened it to its current size of 150 pages.
Did your characters ever stop talking to you at any point in your writing?
Not because I felt I had to make the characters as human as possible. What I mean is I needed to display real-life emotions and not make my Fiancee and I seem like Superman and Wonder Woman. We weren’t above going through the process and we were frightened as most would. So I needed to get across the fact that we did experience emotions throughout our story.
Was it hard to stay motivated during your writing process? What were some of your go-to strategies to stay on point?
No, because it was a memoir and I was motivated to tell our story and to honor my Fiancee.
Do you have a playlist for this book? Or any song that helped you develop a vertical scene?
Yes, Back at One by Brian Mcknight was the song. It was the song that I would sing to my Fiancee throughout our 5 years together. So when I needed to get into an emotional state I would play it so the emotions would pour out of book while I was writing.
Lastly, what is one key piece of advice you would give to anyone wishing to go down the writing path?
I would say to tell your very best story that you can and the rest will take care of itself.
Thank you for your time today :)
Before he started writing romance stories, James worked with the special need’s population for 10 Years. He devoted his life giving back to the population. From school's to agencies and everything in between James has worked almost every job within the community. After that, during the pandemic James decided to start writing to pass the time, but to come through on his promise he made years earlier. He devoted his life to giving back, now he devotes his life to telling his stories.