Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Featured Author - Arthur Gonzalez

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
You know, I think it’s something that I was always aware I’d love to do. I just never believed I could make a career out of it, so it was off of radar. I did it for the joy of the creation, and the peace it brought me. I would write songs and poetry even in the third grade.

But then, I decided to give it a shot. I thought, life is too short, and why can’t I do it? Why can’t that be me? I was the only person holding myself back.

Once I acknowledged that, I went for it. And I couldn’t be any more ecstatic by the feedback. I’m hooked!

What genre do you write and why?
I enjoy writing Young Adult novels the most. I think, deep inside, I’m still a teen at heart. But above all, I feel that I have certain perspective and voice to my writing that connects to the YA audience. It’s some of my favorite feedback coming from the YA community.

Tell us about your latest book.
THE PHOTO TRAVELER is about a 17-year-old teen, Gavin Hillstone, whom discovers his ability to time travel through photos and images.

THE PHOTO TRAVELER was created after one of the most important individuals in my life lost his grandmother. He was looking at an old black and white photo and said, “I would do anything to jump into this photo.” In that moment the idea came to me. I thought, Oh my god. What if we could?

Can you imagine having the ability to time travel to and revisit old memories or moments in time!?  AMAZING!
So I developed the story line for my main character, which ends up traveling to distinct periods in history (The Great Depression and The Salem Witch Trials) for certain answers, and has this fierce, radical group of European Photo Travelers after him (called The Peace Hunters).

Who are your favourite authors?
I’m really enjoying John Green.  I love his style of writing and distinct voice he has.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Success does not come overnight. It takes hard work. If you want it, you must first define your own interpretation of success and be willing to work relentlessly towards it.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
We are each given a gift my God. It is up to us to determine what that is. What we do with this gift, is our gift back.

What's the best thing about being a writer?
There are no limits. There’s no right or wrong way. If you have a story to tell, no one can tell you that you are wrong. No idea is too over-the-top. On the contrary, the bigger the idea, the better!

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
They can go to my personal website: www.arthurjgonzalez.com.  They can also sign up to my mailing list under the CONTACT tab.  Also, any one can visit THE PHOTO TRAVELER official website: www.thephototravelerbook.com.
Twitter: ArthurJGonzalez

Photo Traveler
Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre - Young Adult Science Fiction
Rating – PG
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