Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Q&A with Eddie Cisneros

Employed as a doorman for over twenty one years, Edward Cisneros “Eddie C.” has been quoted as saying, “I am not a doorman who chooses to write, but a writer who happens to be a doorman.” Apart from his novel series, HIS-PANIC, Eddie has two finished screenplays under his belt. A stylized thriller titled BEND about New York City homicide detectives on the trial of a serial killer and its sequel. He also served as contributing writer for a real estate website with bi-weekly posts entitled, “A Doorman Speaks.” Eddie has resided in Queens, New York, for much of his life, and it is where he continues to live with his family. He is currently setting up a website, but he can be found on TWITTER; readers can connect by searching @EddieCauthor

  1. What inspired you to write HIS-PANIC: THE EARLY YEARS?

In general, I've always had a love for writing. Whether it was short stories or even attempting to write screenplays. The passion and creativity have always been there. His-Panic came about as an idea that was constantly brewing in my head. And while the book itself is purely fictional, it is bundled with little things from my childhood memories. Growing up with a group of friends and hanging out. Seeing things going down in the neighborhood. Some people I knew or even know. And suddenly one day, all these ideas and memories just basically came together and pretty much turned into a truly powerful story about this one person's life that's laced with an influence of New York and Hispanic culture. Yet, I believe all kinds of people can relate to the story in itself.

2. What was the development process like?

I did some research. Even though I grew up during the seventies, when it comes to certain dates in time or even talking about certain police procedures and lingo, you kind of want to be spot on in order to give whatever story you're writing that much credibility. Make it that much believable. As for the drugs aspect of the story, again, there is some research involved but at the same time, I go back to those things I saw growing up. People that lived in the area. You kind of never forget that stuff and it makes for great writing.

3. Did you relate to the main character, Antonio, in any way? If so, what?

Not to skirt around the question but I guess, yes and no. Obviously, Antonio is this battered individual. The story opens up and here is this character laying on a bed and he has tears forming in his eyes, and he kind of feels like this is the beginning of the end for him. On that level, I'm definitely not like Antonio. As for the nostalgia of hanging out with a core group of friends, those moments we shared, yes, I can relate. As for the drugs? It is what it is. I wouldn't go out and say I was some big time hustler. But, again, you grow up, you see things, and yes, you do certain things whether on a big scale or a small one. Thankfully for me, I'm doing alright with my full time job, raising a family and living life.

4. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

Trying to balance the story out emotional wise. There are quite a few moments where the book really hits hard. I've gotten so many comments on one particular scene. I don't want to give away too much but it involves little Antonio, his step father and a certain broken glass on the kitchen floor. In between some of these scenes, you want to try and maybe throw in some light stuff or even the action, hence the detectives that come into play at one point in the story. At the end of the day, this is a fictional story/series and there is going to be so much stuff happening. As the series goes on, I'd say the hardest part is keeping all the subplots running smoothly as different characters get introduced. I want to make sure that everything comes full circle and finishes off right.

5. What do you hope readers will gain from your book?

While you get caught up in the story, entertainment wise, I kind of do want readers to perhaps dwell for a moment that Antonio's story, his life, is sometimes the true story of a lot of young children that grow up in impoverished surroundings. Its children that grow up knowing the street way of life because they lack positive role models in their life and because of that they become products of the environment. Antonio's character is a very complex one as readers who stick with the series will find out because for a good portion of his life, he feels disconnected, he lacks faith, and this is why he does or acts on things. As he gets older, it is here where Antonio finally realizes he wants to try and make certain situations in his life better. But there's always a price that has to be paid based on a person's actions.

6. What inspired you to be a writer?

I know growing up I had this wild imagination. It was a love for movies, horror ones especially, that my friends and I were dead set on filming a low budget horror movie in our neighborhood. I even worked on a script and everything. Writing to me has always been something that I truly enjoyed. The entire creative process, you know? Being able to make up characters and then putting them into whatever situations you can come up with, but putting it together so well, that you can actually visualize what you're reading. This to me is what writing is all about.

7. What do you like best and what do you like least about being a writer?

Like I said before, the creative process is great. It's an open canvas to let go, let ideas just run wild. What I dread the most from writing, I'd have to say is the editing process. There are a few editing annoyances. One is and no matter what, it will happen, when you re-read your story and suddenly something doesn't sound right. A few sentences might get changed into an entire different scene. You definitely go through phases where you love what you write and then you simply hate it to death. If you're fortunate enough and you've finally found an editor for your book, then yeah, that's another equaling headache. To have something you've written, thought was the best literary piece this side of Shakespeare, and then finally given back to you all chopped up and re-worded. 

8. Who are some of your favorite authors?

I absolutely enjoy dark stuff, horror. So I've read my share of Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz and Clive Barker. Oh yeah, and this new up and coming Latino writer, Eddie H. Cisneros. I heard his stuff is hot. I'm sorry. I just had to do that. Lol.

9. If your book would be turned into a movie, who would you imagine playing the part of Antonio?

Wow. That's a tricky one because the series depicts Antonio at different stages of his life. I'd say a full adult, perhaps an Alex Gonzalez or maybe even a Diego Boneta. These are two low key actors who have done some mainstream but mostly series stuff, some movies here and there. I think the look fits. You definitely want to attract a women audience as well so these guys could hold their own. I mean I certainly can't write and act as well. I just can't do it all. Lol.

10. Are you working on anything right now?

I am currently working on the last installment of HIS-Panic. This one is subtitled Absolution. I already have everything in my head, I know exactly what is going to happen I even know some dialogue. The crazy part of that is when a writer actually gets to those last two words, THE END. I know it will feel emotional and bittersweet. I do want to get back into writing screenplays. I've had this wild story in my head for such a long time. A horror movie titled Vicious. Its a road trip movie about two estranged brothers who kind of get to bonding only to pick up the wrong hitchhiker along their trip. That's  when everything pretty much goes down hill from there.

11.  And finally, what do you think is in store for the future of Latino literature?

I believe there are quite a few up and coming authors out there. I would love to get to a point where perhaps I'm even classified in such a list. I think its important for Latino's as a whole to embrace these authors, books in general. In order to break a notion how I once read, that Latino's don't really read. If so, then maybe its time that more Latino characters are introduced in books, characters with strong voices and opinions. I mean, we have stories too. Whether fictional or non fiction, I think it's important for our culture to also make its mark through the literary word.      


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