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Author Gonzalo Munévar


About Gonzalo – 

Gonzalo Munévar is a retired university professor.  He has a Ph.D. from Berkeley in philosophy of science, a field in which he has published many research books and articles with some of the top academic publishers.  He began publishing magical realism and poetry at a young age in his native Colombia. His first novel, The Master of Fate, received the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction and was published by that press in 2000.  He is completing a book on space exploration, as well as working on another novel, short stories, poetry, and screenplays.  Apart from writing, for several years he has been doing experimental research in neuroscience.  Today he lives in Michigan with his wife.

Questions –

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author? 

When I was around ten or eleven.  We had to write school assignments on our latest school outing, that sort of thing, and the other kids really looked forward to mine.  They found my accounts very amusing.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?  

To write the first draft, one or two years.  But then sometimes it takes me decades to revise it for publication.

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?  

Before I retired I was a university professor, and writing academic papers and books was part of my job.  For fiction I tried to set aside one hour a day.  More on vacation. Nowadays I do research in neuroscience, and I try to find time late at night for my writing.

          4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  
          Being insightful and humorous at the same time.

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?  

The ideas for my academic books came out of my research. For my fiction, it has always been as if the ideas sprung up in my head all by themselves and took possession of me.  I do have to figure out some the details, though.

6. When did you write your first book? 

I wrote the first draft of both my firs academic book, Radical Knowledge, and my first novel, The Master of Fate  about the same time, in my twenties.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?  

Watching movies and listening to classical music.  I used to play soccer also, but now I watch soccer.

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?  

They admire me for it.

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?  

That I am vain: I love to see my name on the cover of a book.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?  

My name is on the cover of 12 books, although a couple of them are expanded editions in Spanish of books first published in English.  My favorites are probably my first monograph, Radical Knowledge, and my first novel, The Master of Fate.  But I always have a soft spot in my heart for whichever is my latest; in this case Alex in Femiland: A Politically Incorrect Novel of Morals.

11. What do you think makes a good story?  

There is not just one thing: insights into life or people, scenes that make us daydream, characters that we can’t help rejoicing with and worrying about.

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?  

I never thought of writing as kicking back.  I used to write at a desk in the study, but lately I have been placing my laptop on a small table in the living room.

 

Contact Gonzalo – 

Website – https://gonzalomunevar.weebly.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gonzalo.munevar

Blog – alexinfemiland.blogspot.com/

 

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