Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Rosa Aimeé, Spanish and English-speaking writer from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She’s the author of the novels Ardith, Leila and Exorcismo, as well as of several poetry pieces and short-story collections, such as Dripping Muses and A Rose and a Poem. With a quite impressive number of followers, she is an active member of the Wattpad community, often involved in challenges and engaging projects such as the Corner Booth.
Hola y bienvenida, Aimeé. Thank you for accepting my invitation.
First of all, thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to share a little bit of me with the people in your blog.
Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself and your background?
I'm a thirty-five years old ESL professor mother of three teenagers. Born and raised in the tropical island of Puerto Rico I began writing three years ago both in English and Spanish, prose and poetry. I love arts and I sing and paint occasionally, just for fun.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Now that I've done my research and understand this world of writing a little bit more, I wish to publish one of my books in a nearby future. Currently I'm editing my vampire series Ardith in Spanish to see how far it gets. Yet, for the moment I'm so enjoying everything I write and learn with it.
You’re quite a prolific writer of both prose and poetry. What draws you to the latter?
Thank you. For prose I prefer to develop ideas one by one writing short stories that I can later compile to create a full length story if the plot and characters take me to that direction. That's why you'll see so many shorts, flash fictions and vignettes in my page on Wattpad. Now, regarding to poetry it's totally different. They come with a feeling, a moment, an experience or admiring the landscape, drinking coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. The first image, verse or stanza appear to me like a whisper in the wind. And I can't stop writing that poem until I think I’m done with what I want to express or convey.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I work basically and deeply with two things: characters and backdrop story. I do a lot of research prior writing a story or before every chapter on names, places, time, customs, culture and everything linked to my first idea. Having all my elements in hand I let the story flow, putting more emphasis on setting and characterization, mood and ambience. Then I let the characters take me wherever they want. They have a voice that should be heard.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
EDITING! I so don't like it, that's why I leave it to the end. It scares the muses away. Research is fun though, it takes time but it brings you so many great ideas to your current or future to be written stories.
Do you ever get the so-called writer’s block? Any tips on how to get through it?
Of course I do! To get through it I try alternating genres or languages. I can write an acrostic, a poem or a micro-fiction to put my brain to work while the inspiration comes back. Take a walk, change writing habits like going to another place to write and listen to music helps a lot too.
What book(s) are you reading at present?
I'm reading in Spanish La Dama Azul by Javier Sierra and La Medium del Periodico by Daniela Criado Navarron on Wattpad. in English I'm Reading A Court for Fairies by Lynnette Santiago and The Red Moon Saga by RCKlose both on Wattpad.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been?
El Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and Other Demons) by the maestro Gabriel Garcia Marquez and anything written by Poe or Dickinson.
What is your message for those who would like start writing?
Write with your heart. Don't stop writing until the very end of your story. Enjoy your story first and then Edit. Try out different styles and genre to find out which one suits you better. Do research before beginning to write and read, read a lot; read the classics. Have faith in yourself and don't be scared to share what you've got out there.
Muchas gracias, Aimeé, ha sido un placer hablar contigo. ¡Mucha suerte con la publicación de tu obra!
You can find Rosa Aimeé on WATTPAD, on FACEBOOK and on TWITTER.