J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator.
What inspires you to write?
What inspire me to write is the idea of sharing adventures with others, to entertain, to hold a readers attention from page one til they hit The End.
I’ve been telling stories since I was little. Writing them is the continuation, the perpetuation, of a story that I first see in my mind.
Tell us about your writing process
For short stories, I’m a seat of the pants kind of writer. It is easier to keep straight the plotting twists.
Now, for novels, I’m an outliner for sure. I use an spreadsheet and list the chapter number and what I think needs to happen in each. This gives me a road. Of course, the outline is not set in stone, and many times changes in the process of a first or second draft. Just this past January, I had to delete five chapter and rethink what they’d be about because, as a friend tells me: if it bores me to write them, then they sure as hell bore the readers. So…delete, delete, delete when needed.
As for characters, I also keep a spreadsheet with their physical description, profession and other pertinent information. Sometimes character just show up during the writing process, so I add them to the list. It is not like I have a list of cast as in a play. Well, actually, sort of…:-)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Them characters can be so stubborn at times! Sometimes they take the story (their nerve, thinking is “their” story), and take me places where I hadn’t anticipated before, thus the outline changes I mention in the previous question.
When it comes to writing dialogue, I do pay close attention to them as I must render their speech, accent, tone, inflection, and other details. By this time, my wife and kids are used to hear me saying the dialogues out loud, so they no longer have the shrink in the phone’s speed dial button.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, read, read. Then write, delete, and rewrite.
Make sure you can surround yourself with other writers willing to read your stuff, while you read theirs. Let’s face it, nobody rarely sees one owns mistakes.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For my novels, I always turn to publishers. Each time a bigger one, so you can escalate and increase the number of people you can reach.
For short stories, I’ve resourced to self-publishing because I think they represent a direct connection. I have two stories in Amazon and they’ve helped me expand readership even for my novels, too!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We live in exciting times. I wouldn’t like to venture about the future, just beg that I can be a part of the landscape.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Thriller, suspense, fantasy
What formats are your books in?