About Eduardo Suastegui:
Eduardo Suastegui is an Electrical, Software and Systems engineer by education and training with a drive for story-telling he exercises through his photography and writing. Though he loves how efficiently photography can convey his vision, he considers writing and the power of the word as the fullest, most in-depth vehicle to explore the struggles we face as human beings. Drawing from his engineering background and life experiences, his stories span a wide spectrum of topics including technical thrillers, crime capers, science fiction, faith and church life.
Though he favors suspense thrillers, Eduardo lets genre arise organically. Along with setting and concept, he lets genre serve the story his characters inhabit. In keeping with this character-centric view, he also aims to feature and highlight his characters’ voices rather than project his own. Ultimately, Eduardo sees writing as a call to express ideas and vision, to inspire emotion and thought, to move the heart. To that end, self-expression and inspiration goes out to others, namely his readers. His self-expression finds completion when it makes a connection with those who partake in his work.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration in current events and the promise of future technology. But above all, the exploration of the human condition–what makes us tick as human beings–drives my writing the most.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am at heart an organic writer (and don’t like the pants description, thanks–what if I’m wearing shorts?). Recently I have explored outlining, and I’m not opposed to the technique. For me the fundamental problem with planning a story is that plans often must change. As is the case with life, stories self-emerge and we must adapt to the circumstances.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mostly meet my characters in mid-story. I do not find the practice of character resumes and/or interviews particularly helpful. It’s not how I deal with regular people on a regular basis, and I don’t mind being surprised as the story unrolls.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write, and then write some more. As much as I practice the craft, and with over 10 books released to date, I marvel at how much I keep learning and evolving as a writer. And all that comes at the keyboard.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Frustrated with the query/submission process, I opted to self-publish. In the end, I get quicker turn-around and retain control over my work. Most of all, I’ve met a lot of great readers already. I’m sure I would still be waiting to do so via the “traditional” method.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think I can’t predict the future. Whatever it is, I hope it encourages diversity in story-telling from a multitude of writers previously shut out of the process by regimented, exclusionary processes and gate-keepers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Suspense, Thriller, SciFi
What formats are your books in?: eBook