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. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
I am very bad at coming up with titles for my stories and books, so in this case it was a very simple process. My stories were funny and they told different adventures lived by Little Nani. So “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani” seemed like the easiest title for me to use.
What is your writing environment like?
I need to write while sitting at a table, and I always write the first draft using notebook and pen. I can’t write if there is silence, so I always write with the TV on, although I don’t pay attention to it. However, I need to hear the sound of the TV in order to focus on my writing.
What is your favorite quote? Why?
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” - Jane Austen.
Well, this is one of my favourite quotes from my favourite author ever. Why? Because I really can’t believe it when people say that they don’t like reading. For me, reading is so important and so enjoyable, and I have learnt so many things while reading books, that it makes me wonder why people wouldn’t like to read books.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I had a very difficult childhood. Reading and writing helped me to evade from my environment, even though I had to hide to do those things. As I said, my childhood was a very difficult time, and I guess it influenced my writing in the way that it helped me to expand my imagination, trying to make up happy places for me to escape to.
What inspires you to write?
The simple things of life. A child’s smile. The bright side of things. People I see in the streets. Situations I live.
What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
For me the most difficult part about writing is planning. I am unable to plan plot points and stuff like that. That’s why I don’t write novels, just short stories. I just start writing and let the story lead me wherever it wants to go. I love it, because I am normally surprised by the way my stories develop sometimes.
Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?
I learnt how to properly use different things, like how to include thoughts, how to describe effectively, and how to write more entertaining dialogues.
What have you done to promote this book?
I have done lots of things. I have blogged about it, used Twitter, used Facebook, I have done several blog tours, I have done several giveaways on Goodreads and on my blog, and I have also included it in several sites that promote books.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
There are plenty of them and it would take me all day to explain all of them. For me, the best and most useful tool I have found until today is Scrivener; I love how helpful it is to develop my stories and put my books together. As for marketing purposes, joining sites like the Independent Authors Network is very useful.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to say that I am currently writing the second book in the Little Nani series, and I am also working on a series of choose-your-own-adventure stories featuring Little Nani too. But I am not just a children’s book author. I also write contemporary short stories and psychological horror stories under the pseudonym Rosa Storm. I have published a contemporary story titled “A Foreigner in London”, and my first psychological horror story will be published next October 1st in an anthology of scary stories put together by Yvonne Mason, with the collaboration of Nicholas Grabowsky.