Andy Echevarria is the author of The Alchemy of Reality, available for purchase at Amazon. A longtime aficionado of the suspense genre in all forms, but especially fiction and old-time radio shows, the author knew even as a student in junior high school that he would someday become a writer, but it wasn’t until eight years ago that he began to submit for publication. In the time since, he has earned space with aspiring and seasoned writers in such publications and venues as Static Movement, The Horror Zine, Tales to Terrify, Whortleberry Press, to name a few.
A born-and-bred New Yorker, he has resided in a number of places throughout the world, some exotic, others not so, and has used his experiences living amongst and observing other cultures and their people to enrich his writing. Besides his aforementioned interests in radio plays of the 30s, 40s, and 50s as well as devouring as much as he can from the suspense section of any local bookstore or library, he also enjoys sports, cooking, and Scrabble. He’s currently at work on his novel, which he hopes to release sometime in early 2018.
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My personal motto:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try again!”
- A typical work day begins with… tea. Rarely do I go a morning without tea. I find it helps me in my concentration. Usually I’ll have a light breakfast—toast with a hard-boiled egg, or oatmeal—while consuming tea. Some folks would prefer coffee right before starting a creative project, but for me, tea is what works best. Then I’ll meditate for half an hour before going straight to writing. Usually I write for two hours nonstop. I go online to check and respond to emails only after I’ve completed my writing session for the day. I might mention that seldom do I watch TV, and obtain most of my news online, but again, I don’t do much of anything before I’m done writing.
- I lose track of time… whenever I’m involved with my writing. That sense of flow, during which everything around you seems to disappear and you become one with your work, whether it’s a painting or a piece of fiction or music, I actually happen to find very addicting and is what keeps me writing. Rarely do I experience writer’s block, or if I do, it’s only for a short while, but, as long as I keep writing, I hardly ever get stuck in coming up with ideas. Also, I often lose track of time whenever I meditate.
- I have always… been an admirer of those who love to create, who love to share what they’ve created, who aren’t afraid to explore other avenues in their quest to create, who go against the mainstream, to fashion something that is unique, fresh, and wonderful—even at times inspiring.
- I have never… had a driver’s license. I drove, once, when I was sixteen, for about fifteen minutes, but the experience left me in shock and ever since then I haven’t gone behind the wheel again. I’m originally from New York, where public transportation is efficient and you can get by relatively easy without a car, so that’s one of the reasons why I never pushed myself to get a license. Obtaining my license is one of the five-year goals I have.
- Home means to me… my sanctuary, the place where I can practice my rituals, where I can relax and unwind, my creative space.
- I am inspired by… other creatives who push on despite any limitations they may have. I’m particularly fond of works of literature by writers who in some way or another have overcome their handicaps to give us.
- I would like to meet… Dean Koontz. I think, despite his apparent shyness, he has a brilliant mind and I was originally inspired to become a writer after devouring many of his works, some of which at times are infused with philosophy and humor. I feel he’s one of the best writers around today in any genre, even though some may consider his work genre material. I myself like his writing very much.
- My worst character trait… would have to be my stubbornness. Some of my friends and relatives have confirmed this. I guess that could be considered a good trait as well as it’s allowed me to continue even when I feel—which is rare—that I’ve hit a wall, I’ll continue to think up ideas until I come up with what I feel is an awesome solution.
- My best character trait… I’d say is empathy. As an empath, I’m able to read people’s emotions, almost to the point where some folks may think I’m endowed with some supernatural ability (just joking, though many of my closest friends and relatives do recognize that I can easily feel what they are). I believe in order to be a good writer, one must develop a sense of empathy—or sympathy, at least—for people, and it’s great for enriching the characters in your works.
- The best advice I was given… Actually, two are tied for best. The first one was that your first draft will be awful. That has allowed me to be much less self-critical than when I first began writing seriously. The second is to never give up. These two pieces of advice means I can continue to push the pen despite whatever doubts about my writing pop up, knowing that the first draft is just a guide and will almost always look horrible, but by continuing I’ll be taking something that seems awful and in time and with lots of hard work, hopefully great.
The Alchemy of Reality
Join us on the ride through a kaleidoscope of mystery and intrigue. In these ten tales of suspense, the lines between fact and reality blur, challenging one’s notions of everyday life. Eerie, poignant, and at times inspiring, this collection of never-before-seen stories will transport you to a world where the supernatural abounds alongside the banal, and nothing is what it seems…
The Alchemy of Reality: books2read.com/u/bP15rR