Have you been writing for a long time?
Yes, on and off. I wrote literature for a few years in the late 1990s but I didn’t publish anything back then. Then I started working in Branding and Communications, where I had the opportunity to write copy for corporate communications for many years. A few years ago I started writing literature again and publishing my work.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
Because writing is probably the ultimate creative work. I worked as an architect for many years and I do sculpture and photography, but when you write you can go way beyond that. You can build whole virtual worlds, move in time and space, etc.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
It’s a stand-alone. It was conceived that way and the story was told to the very end. You can stretch a story for as long as you want, but when you finish it and tie all the knots, it’s over. You can’t go back and reopen it because you have nothing new to say. It doesn’t mean that you can’t write something new using some of the characters in another setting and another time, like in a sequel. But I have no plans to do it at the moment. I’m moving on to new challenges.
Why did you choose this genre?
I didn’t choose literary fiction. It just happens that the stories that I write are best described that way. It’s not an easy genre, I know. Literary fiction can be anything, it offers no orientation to the potential reader, in contrast to more specific genres like romance or science fiction. But on the other hand you have more freedom. If you write a very beautiful love story set on a space station on Mars in the year 2150, which genre is that? If you call it science fiction, science fiction fans might dislike the romance side; if you call it romance, romance fans might dislike the science side. You’re better off with literary fiction!
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I’m very skeptical of advice because there is so much of it out there, and most of it is contradictory. This forces you to pick and choose which advice to follow, bringing you back to square one: if you knew what to do, you wouldn’t be asking for advice, would you? If you happen to find yourself in this situation, my suggestion would be: when you choose, don’t try to do what you don’t believe in and don’t try to be who you aren’t.
Thanks a lot for having me here today, Charlene!
About the Book
Title: On The Run
Author: Izai Amorim
Genre: Literary Fiction
New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he?
What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a
contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.
Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric—and shows how they mix, match, and clash.
“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”
That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot.
Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in
Germany. He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed professions, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to this day.
His first novel, The Games (2013), is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.
My personal site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/
Book site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/ontherun.html
Book on NetGalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/90218