About Carlos Rubio:
CARLOS RUBIO ALBET was born in Pinar del Río, Cuba. In 1961 he came to the United States and finished high school in Wilmington, Delaware. His first short story was published while attending Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. His work, in English and Spanish, has appeared in the anthologies 20 Cuentistas Cubanos, Cuban American Writers, Distinct Voices, Narrativa y Libertad and Motu Proprio. In 1989 his novel Quadrivium received the “Nuevo León International Prize for Novels.” He has been twice a finalist in the Letras de Oro literary competition. In 2004 his novel Dead Time received Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. He recently finished a new novel entitled Forgotten Objects.
What inspires you to write?
I don’t know if there is a definite answer. Without warning, an idea appears and one must follow it to its conclusion, which is often surprising.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have a mental map, but that is all. I know where I am and where I want to go. I also flesh out characters in my mind. I know what they would do and say.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not talk, since I am not part of the narrative. I listen, so they tell me who and what they are.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, write, and be patient. If possible, have other people read your work and give you an opinion. (I don’t mean your mother or family members. Seek the advice of other writers.)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my first short story while still in undergraduate school. From there, I sent my books to literary contests and publishing houses. One always learns from rejection (Yes, there will be a lot of that, so get used to it.) If possible, it is always better to go though a traditional publisher, since they will bear the financial burden and try to promote the book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It appears that the trend is toward electronic books. Everybody has some sort of electronic device; the books are cheaper and one can carry a virtual library that takes no space.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I am primarily a novelist, but occasionally I write short stories.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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