This is a “All Authors Blog Blitz” day from Goodreads. I’ve been given two authors to blog about today. It’s fun getting to know authors from all over the world and in different genres.
Blog Blitz featuring Mariana Llanos author of Tristan Wolf
Where do you live?
I live in the beautiful State of Oklahoma. I’ve lived here for eleven years but I’m original from Lima, Peru.
How long have you been a writer?
I write since I was very young. I started writing poetry and soon started doing school plays. I loved to adapt classic plays like Faust or Romeo and Juliet and turn them into comical skits. Then I moved on to short stories, some fantastic, some poetic-romantic, some others humorous. Writing has always been a part of me…but I decided to publish just a couple of years ago when I had the story of Tristan Wolf in my hands and I knew that it had to be printed and it had to be shared.
What genre do you like to write in?
I write fiction, generally short stories and I love writing for children. There’s something about their eyes, when you read to them. They believe you, but they will challenge you with limitless questions too.
Where do you like to go to write?
Since I have 3 young children I don’t have much of a place to hide (J)…but I’ve found out that if I wait until everyone is asleep (husband included) I can find a small window of opportunity to write, before sleep and exhaustion kick in. So I just grab my laptop and go to bed to write.
What was the inspiration for your book?
“Tristan Wolf” is a book that I wanted to write for my two boys. We’ve always enjoyed reading together, but I wanted to read to them something of my own. Tristan came to me one afternoon and he literally possessed me and made me tell his story. When I started with the phrase “Tristan was a loner…” I really didn’t know where I was going. But he knew and took me there.
What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
I love the look in people’s faces when I tell them that I have a book out. People really get excited about new writers and their enthusiasm warms my heart. I enjoy the many possibilities that writing gives me, not only to write books, but also essays, blog posts, book reviews, etc. It’s an awesome creative outlet. But my most favorite part is that my kids are proud of me. That alone suffices.
- Do you have any books in the works?
I am working on a second story for Tristan Wolf. I have many ideas for a new series for middle graders and also a book for my little baby girl. I do have some stories in Spanish that I’d like to translate to English. I’m also trying to work in the bilingual version of Tristan Wolf. I just have to find the time to do it.
Let’s keep in touch!
Here’s where you can find Tristan Wolf:
Bio: Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian writer who lives in the United States for more than a decade. Married and mother of three, Mariana finds inspiration in her children and in her own childhood. She writes poetry and short stories since she was about 7 years old. In her native Lima, Peru, she dedicated herself to the theater and performing arts. Currently she works with young children at a preschool, where she likes to motivate them through music and the arts.