Here is a brief interview with Cinta Garcia del la Rosa author of The Funny Adventures of Little Nani that I’d like to share with you.
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. She now spends her time between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, with her amazing husband, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read. Cinta Garcia is the author of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for children, “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on the anthology “Blessings from the Darkness”, and “Never Again”, a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary stories titled “Satan’s Holiday” and written under her pen name, Rosa Storm.
Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time.
Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!
Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!
How long have you been writing? How long did it take to write your book? And what motivated you to write it?
I have been writing since I was a kid. Indeed, I won a literary contest when I was eight; I won with a tale about a rabbit who was concerned about the environment. It didn’t take me long to write my book, because once that the main character decided to live inside my head, it was very easy to write the stories. My main motivation for writing this book was the encouragement of friends and readers of my blog, who, after liking the first Little Nani story I published on my blog, told me to write a book about the naughty little witch.
Is it a stand-alone novel or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, how did you decide to make it a series? How long will the series run?
My book is part of a series of books for kids. The series will run as long as Little Nani stories keep on popping in my head. The second book in the series will be published next winter, together with a cookbook.
What has been the most difficult part of your writing experience? Dealing with publishers, agents, editors getting reviews, query letters, what
Writing is easy. The difficult part comes later. Editing, marketing, and submitting your book to different venues can be very stressful and it is the part of writing that I like the least, basically because I write with my enjoyment in mind, not with a marketing plan. However, it is part of the writing experience, so I just grind my teeth and push forward.
Do any of your characters have secrets you can share with our readers?
My characters don’t really have any secrets because they are very open when sharing everything. However, if I must confess something, I think that Thunder, the turtle, secretly likes Little Nani, although he doesn’t show that in the stories.
If you were to be offered a movie deal, who would you like to see play the main characters? And why?
Well, I see my book more like a cartoon series than like a movie, so I really have no idea.
Describe your writing process. Do you outline, create rough synopses, do you do detailed biographies of the characters before starting to write?
I am pretty much a pantser, so I don’t plan. Every time that I have tried planning, the writing has felt forced and I have gone back to writing without a plan in mind. I just start writing and let the characters choose their path. Most of the times, I get really surprised with the endings of the stories, and I love that feeling.
What didn’t you mention in the synopsis that you can reveal here?
The book includes prompts so that the reader can draw their own illustrations. I wanted to include something original for the kids, so they can make the book more unique with their own drawings.
Describe where you do your writing.
How do you describe everywhere? *giggles* I don’t really have a designated area for writing, but I basically write in any room where I have a TV. I need to have the television on in order to write. If there is only silence, I cannot focus. I know, I’m weird.
If you had to do the experience of writing your work over, would you still write it? Would you change it? How?
I would definitely still write it. I don’t think I would change many things, because I am very thorough and I never publish anything until I am 100% sure that I am happy with it.
How did you choose the story you wrote?
I was kind of accused by a friend of only writing gloomy stories, so I decided to write something humorous to prove him that I could do it too. Little Nani popped in my head, and suddenly I realised that I had created in my head several stories for her adventures in no time. So I had to put those stories down on the paper.
How did you choose the title?
I am very bad at choosing titles, so my title is a very basic one. I had wrote different adventures for Little Nani, and they were funny. There you go, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani. The title for the second book is equally lame: Little Nani and her Friends.
Can you summarize your book in 140 characters or less (Tweet size)?
Unexpected adventures and mischief by a wannabe witch and her crazy friends.
Who were the authors that influenced you? What about them and their style appeals to you?
My main influences for this book are Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter. I like their quirkiness and their wit, so I try to infuse my stories with those two traits.
What did you learn that surprised you while writing your book? What was the most difficult part?
I learnt that being an European can be sometimes a handicap in order to publish your book, especially if you want to publish your book in the States. Getting an EIN number was the most absurd and difficult ordeal that I have had to suffer in all my life. It surprised me that they made it so difficult for me to get the number. And another difficult part was to format the book for the print version; the requirements sometimes are so picky that you spend days trying to upload a version that they accept.
How much literary license do you take with your stories? Do you create fictional locations? Do you use real locations, with some fictionalizing or do you stick very close to the actual setting? Why?
Since my book is made of short stories for kids, I created a fictional world. I don’t use real locations, but I use real people and fictionalize them to be used as characters in my stories. I always tell the real person and it is real fun.
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