Saturday, August 9, 2014

@ErickGEEE on Developing His Art #AmReading #LitFic #Relationships

What writing are you most proud of?
I’m proud of So Go On and Live because it is my first novel. And I think I nailed what I was going for.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
I mean, writing is personal to me. But I’m also proud of the fact that my parents are proud of me. I was a smart kid and they had all these expectations. For a long time, I didn’t think I would ever make them proud. So it’s kind of cool.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved everything. Even in elementary school my tastes were eclectic. Judy Blume, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle and R L Stine were some of my early favorites.
Who is your favorite author?
This is quite difficult. I like so many authors pretty equally but I think they would mostly all agree that we are chasing Hemingway.
What book genre of books do you adore?
Literary fiction is my favorite. But I love books from all aisles of these last remaining book stores.
What book should everybody read at least once?
Everybody that’s alive now should probably read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan because it says so much about life as it is currently. But in the history of the world … I don’t know. The Beautiful and The Damned?
Or maybe something with  a lesson about tyranny like The Grapes of Wrath or Bunnicula.
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy?
Oh yeah. There are plenty of books of which I am not the target audience and it’s a good thing I’m not.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
I hope it will say that I was successful and love and at life.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I spent parts of my childhood in Paramount, Downey, Compton, Long Beach. All in the greater Los Angeles area. I also spent some summers in my grandmother’s ranch down in Sinaloa, Mexico. I’m still in the LA area but I move around so much and I’m on the road as often as a I can.
How did you develop your writing?
Through years of reading and consuming art. And through understanding that the voice in my head was actually on to something.
A winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, So Go On and Live poignantly and bitingly captures the angst and restlessness of modern American youth. Pedro “Pete” Salcedo, a young but worn down journalist, is on a figurative and metaphorical journey through the absurdity of life, America and beautiful women. 

After accepting a prestigious job in Washington, D.C. and subsequently losing the love of his life, Pedro loses himself, first to his work, then to the road and eventually to the apathy, alcohol and cynicism that permeates through youth culture. Pedro struggles, like many of his generation, to get his life in order and hang on to love, sanity and pathos in this modern world, where women, relationships and sexuality are constantly evolving. 

So Go On and Live is a wild and emotional expedition into the existential and farcical perspective of a drunken, Mexican-Irish, would-be poet offering a new breed of optimism that comes with a nihilistic twist.
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Genre - Literary Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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