Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on or promoting.
I’m Porcupine Strongwill from Perla del Mar de Oriente. I’ve recently published my first book called Forgotten Things to Say, a collection of poetry reflecting the journey of a young heart trying to forget a past love. It’s available for 2.99 USD on Amazon and FREE on KNOLL, so it would be totally awesome if you could check that out.
What genre is your book? Do you write in other genres as well?
My literary works are mainly romance, but I almost always throw in a little bit of other genres, like suspense, comedy, drama, and erotica. The list might grow. I love to experiment.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the sequel of Forgotten Things to Say, which will be titled Lost Letters to Post. It has the same theme of moving on from a broken romance, but instead of poetry it’s a collection of prose. It will include short stories including “My Virgin Lips” and “Disacumen,” along with short prose and memoirs.
Who or what inspires you?
Ideas come from hearing other people’s stories; sometimes I get too attached to someone else’s experiences that it’s hard for me not to write about them. My own journey as an individual inspires me, too, of course. On strange cases I’m impelled to write about a dream or cartoon characters I’m very fond of.
What advice do you have for writers just starting out?
Read, read, read! Write, write, write!— I can babble on advices, but these are the two most indispensable things to remember (and do) for writers that I just can’t miss to mention. Also, screw marketing gimmicks and just be yourself.
What does your writing space look like?
A hundred things clutter my desk (and bedroom floor) as I write— water bottles, scratches of paper, pens, drivers, makeup paraphernalia (WTH, I know, right?), phones, and whatnot. While some people can’t start writing unless everything else is in order, I’m totally the opposite: I can’t start fixing my room unless I’ve written at least something!
Is being an author your dream job? If so, how long have you been chasing the dream?
Oh, yes! Being an author is one of my dream jobs. I’ve been wanting to be one since I was fourteen, but I wasn’t so sure if I could do it. I only started honing my prose writing skills at sixteen, unaware that I would be publishing my first book three years later.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love visual arts, too, so sometimes, when not writing, I’m illustrating.
What book are you currently reading?
I have a very long currently-reading list because I pick up whatever book I feel like picking up. (chuckles) Funny thing about picking a book I’ve already started, sometimes I remember where I’ve left off and everything that’s happened so far, but most of the time I have to reread from the start to make sense out of anything. (chuckles more)
Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?
I would say my life is constantly being changed by the Bible. It has been transforming my mind into how God wants me to think. I love that book. What I love the most about it is at the toughest times, it never fails to remind me Who my anchor of hope is, and that’s Jesus the Messiah.