This week I have the honor of welcoming Francisco Cordoba to my Scribbles page. I can’t wait to jump in so let’s get to it.
Thanks for having me.
Of course. I just hope I’m not to all over the place with my questions today.
I’m sure it’ll be fine.
You say that now, but we shall see soon enough. Let’s start with a get to know you question. Tell me, what are some of the day jobs you have held?
Let’s see if I can remember them all. I’ve been an Accountant’s clerk, store clerk, telephone sales, dishwasher, zookeeper, care home worker, horse trainer, riding instructor, and English language instructor.
Wow. That is an interesting mix. How would you say these jobs have influenced your writing?
I think everything influences my writing because they were all life experience’s which put me in touch with different people and different situations.
I’ve heard that a lot from a variety of authors and I personal agree. Everything we do is just another life experience to pull from. That said, do you get a chance to do a lot of reading outside your genre, so you have difference experience’s to pull from?
Well, first, I don’t really have a genre. My series, The Horsemen of Golegã, doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. I really like books that are mixed-genre like that. However, I do read romance, erotica, science fiction, thriller, biography, suspense, mystery, literary and general fiction. I read everything, and I think that comes through in my writing.
Like your work history you have a very rich taste in reading. That’s cool.
I like the variety.
I can see that. Okay, so here is a tough question.
Are you ready?
Have you ever intentionally tried to make your readers cry?
(Chuckles) All the time. If I can make my reader cry, then I made my reader feel. I want my readers to feel. I want to leave them wrung out and gasping.
I agree. I think writing is all about making the reader feel something and if they cry then I did my job.
Does that make us evil?
Writing all these different scenes and trying to pull out emotion do you have a favorite scene or line you’ve written?
I think we all do. Don’t you?
Yes, but I asked you first.
Fair enough, I do have many favorite scenes and lines. In Bosanquet: The Horsemen of Golegã, Book 1, the final intimate scene where the FMC loses her virginity is close to my heart. It was one of the first sex scenes I’d written, and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about it.
The scene in Loving North: The Horsemen of Golegã, Book 3, where Candice and Bosanquet are preparing to go camping, is another favorite. It’s the first time Candice really takes charge of her man, so it heralds her growth as a person, and his as he allows someone else to the lead.
With your diverse taste is books, I’m curious. Who was your favorite author as a child? Do they influence your storytelling now?
I loved, and still do, Dr. Seuss, who in my mind was nothing less than brilliant. I could read The Sneetches and marvel at their stupidity and gullibility over and over again, and get totally lost in the ridiculous stubbornness of the North-going and South-going Zax. The pathos of the lonely pale green pants with nobody inside them made me long to befriend someone less fortunate, and the zany futility of the Tweetle Beetles still make me giggle like a kid.
I have no doubt that Dr. Seuss influences my writing now. Through him, and others, I learned to appreciate the rhythm and swing of language. His stories, simply and amusingly told, illustrate his astute observations about the human condition, and human foibles and inconsistencies, in ways even small children can understand.
And as they say, the child is father to the man.
And that, as they say, was my last question.
Yes, Sir. Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to hearing more from you and checking out your books.
More about Francisco Cordoba
A passionate romantic and obsessive equestrian, Francisco Cordoba has been writing for as long as he can remember. However, it’s only in the last few years, since completing his Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and suffering regular chastisement from his wife, that he has dared to fully unleash his muse. He loves writing about romance, relationships, adventures and sex.
Francisco lives a largely reclusive life tucked away in an old farmhouse, somewhere, with his wife, teenage son, four cats, two dogs, horse, ducks and chickens. He freely admits to loving them all, although he refuses to allow more than three bodies to occupy his bed at any one time. His six-book slightly erotic, paranormally romantic, mysteriously suspenseful, thrillingly adventurous, and possibly fictional debut series, The Horsemen of Golegã, will be self-published soon.