Name Zeecé Lugo
Age: I’d be crazy to say!
Where are you from:
I was born in Puerto Rico. I grew up in Brooklyn, lived in many different states and in Europe for a while, spent 24 years in South Florida, and finally retired in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, five years ago. I am very confused as to where I’m from.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I was an avid reader from an early age. My mother taught me to read and write before I started school, and by the time I was in the fourth grade, I was reading the high school books our neighbor’s daughters brought home. From my love of reading came my love of writing. I have a BA in English Lit, but I actually taught science in Florida for years. Most of family still lives in Miami.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am at present working on the audio book versions of my novels. I am also working on my next two novels. My next novel is not in the Daniel’s Fork series. It will be a quirky, paranormal romance.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2013, two years ago. I began writing because it was time. I had allowed life and responsibilities to keep me from doing what I wanted to do long enough. I was finally in a position to please myself, and I did.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The minute I finished my first manuscript.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The beauty of my surroundings. I had just moved to my mountain home in Puerto Rico, and I knew it was the perfect place to write. The peace and tranquility were the ideal place to dream and create imaginary worlds and characters. I have a romantic soul.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. Someone recently reviewed one of my books, and he said that my writing is “tight, action-packed prose.” I aim for as much as 80-90 % dialogue. My descriptions are specific, vivid, and in key places. My language is more formal than everyday English, fewer contractions, but also more musical, rhythmic.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are my nemesis. I agonize over them. I make lists and sit there night after night, trying to choose. Daniel’s Fork is the second title for that novel. I could not decide. Finally, I gave up and chose the name of the village in the novel as the title.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My novels are meant to entertain, to take you from your everyday problems and the mundane, to a place you can escape for a few hours to the bliss of mystery, romance, and erotic images. There are themes I touch on: the selfishness of people, the destructive effect our actions have on others, the narrow mindedness of our values.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
To my mind, it is all realistic. My characters are flawed characters who act emotionally and commit atrocious acts driven by love, hate, greed. You might say the setting is not realistic because you have future generations speaking like they are back 200 years in time. However, they lost all technology and have carried out a concerted effort to protect and purify their language. They have adopted ways of life that worked well once before, allowing humanity to develop and thrive. I think it is a very possible future and as such, realistic. Far more than a future full of zombies!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No. Some of the characters have some traits that I see in friends and family. For example, Gabby eats at the table just like my daughter. She surrounds her food, elbows on the table, and she guards it. Watching my daughter eat gave me the image for Gabby.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
If I was to choose one work or author who touched me the most, it would have to be Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I love the joy and simplicity of Sam’s words, “Elves, Sir! I would dearly love to see them.” As I get older and see how the world has changed, I can’t help but dwell on the sadness of the elves as they leave middle-Earth.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading Bound to Survive by a fellow indie author, Sharon Gibbs.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Absolutely. Too many to name. I read and review constantly, and there are many wonderful authors. It is almost overwhelming.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Two novels: I am working simultaneously on a paranormal romance tentatively titled Vampire, Not Monster. This should be out in December 2015. I am also working on A Time for Lords, a novel in the Daniel’s Fork universe.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My Facebook groups!!!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I see it as a passion and an art.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I did! I have changed many things in all of them. That is the beauty of digital publishing. You can edit and edit.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes. I wrote an essay for a contest when I was in the ninth grade, and I won first place and $250. That was a lot of money back then.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The sweet scent of blood called to him, sending the sharp sting of longing to his thirsty soul, prompting him to leap on the parapet and scan the dark below like a bird of prey from a lofty perch. Somewhere in the damp, cold, trash-ridden tenement alleys, blood was flowing, and it called to him with the beguiling siren song he could not resist.
The alley below was desolate. He sprang into the air and with the strength and grace of a born predator, easily spanned the distance to the next building, landing halfway across the roof. Another leap brought him to the far parapet where he leaned to scan the darkness below. There, behind a large metal dumpster, he spied the huddled figures, rabid animals feasting on easy, wounded prey.
But they weren’t vampire. They were human. The smell of unwashed bodies, old, dried, crusted body fluids, and bacteria-ridden mucus drifted up and corrupted the smell of the luscious blood. He jumped, landing silently, gracefully on his feet, the six-storey jump child’s play to him.
In the dark, he could see clearly. He turned his head to spy behind him. Facing the street was the lookout, the one who made sure anyone approaching the alley kept on going, leaving the beasts to enjoy themselves, undisturbed. Shielded by the metal dumpster, three men huddled over a prone figure, a woman. He knew it was a woman by the scent of the blood. It was her blood flowing, and there would be little left of it soon.
He was not concerned. It was the men who would provide.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
What everyone else will tell you: the editing! It takes me three times longer to edit than to write.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Anne Perry. I find her writing dark, exquisite, passionate, insightful and provocative. It is ironic that she writes a fantastic series about a police inspector in Victorian London, while she herself went to prison for murder!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not yet. Maybe if my books become successful enough, that will change in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kerri Knutson at Alchemy Book Covers and Design, http://www.alchemybookcovers.com/
She is wonderful and reasonably price.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting the courage to put it out in public.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That tomorrow I will be a better writer than I was yesterday. We grow with the doing!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I hear authors tell others not to use adverbs, never repeat a word in a page, don’t use semicolons, write every day, bla, bla, bla. Go grab the latest best seller and see if the author followed those rules. He or she probably didn’t. Our advice is colored by our opinions, and we always think those are right. We forget that writing is an art. My only advice: write. Do it your way, and you’ll end up with something unique. Then get an editor who understands your voice. If you want generic, cookie-cutter writing, then by all means, chuck the adverbs, semicolons, and sit at the computer everyday at 8 am.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you love me, let me know. Write a review!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was a high-school book on Norse mythology. To this day, I still love Thor and Freya.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Music moves me sometimes to tears. The first time I heard “Nostalgia,” by Yanni, the emotion brought tears to my eyes. I like stories that make me laugh. I recently located a copy of “The Ransom of Red Chief” and laughed till I cried.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Jackie Kennedy. I’d like to ask her questions and maybe write a heroine based on her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
No head stone. I want to be cremated and my ashes dusted over my land. I want my atoms to join the great cycle of life in the universe. If you take them and keep them prisoners in a coffin surrounded by concrete, how can I be reborn again?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Gardening, reading, movies, music, computers.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Any Science fiction. Old favorites: Babylon 5, Firefly, Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine. Detective shows: Midsummer Murders, Miss Fisher Mysteries, Hawaii Five 0
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love pizza, churrasco steak, Chinese food, sushi. My favorite color is purple. I love Yanni, Keiko Matsui, Rock, New Age.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Helicopter pilot. I would love to fly! To be reborn as an eagle is my dream.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Names Starting With “Z” at http:zeecelugo.com
Links to Books:
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in many places. She spent seven years in the U.S. Air force, taught for many years in Miami, and even spent a year working for the IRS.
Her early love was reading. The worlds of Pern, Middle-earth, St. Mary Mead, and Shrewsbury Abbey had an incredible influence and hold on her imagination.
She wrote her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, in two months, spending long hours at her task. During that time, she ensconced herself in her bedroom with her computer, barely coming out to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. One day, her nearest neighbor came desperately knocking at her bedroom window, afraid that Zeecé might be dead; no one had seen her for days!
Daniel’s Fork was meant to be the first book in a romantic trilogy. Little did Zeecé know that stories have a way of going where they want to go. Daniel’s Fork turned out to be a journey to the future past! It is a sexy mystery set in the future, giving birth to a fictional universe: the Daniel’s Fork universe.