Please welcome my visitor, artist, and author Anna-Marie Lopez. Her very first book, The Tortilla Children, has been released by Onda Books and was influenced by her dad. After rejecting a scholarship to Howard Payne University, she chose to go to San Antonio College and the University of TX at San Antonio. Later on, she apprenticed in graphics and arts for a year with a carver and painter. She has worked as a graphics designer and production artist for a number of publications, consisting of Texas Monthly. In addition, she’s operated in the music market and has also been a pen professional, dealing with celebs such as Donald Trump, Tom Hanks, and Brook Shields. She has written about with the starving and homeless for several years. Presently, she’s hard at work on a vampire tale. At heart, however, Anne-Marie is an easy person who enjoys her privacy and peace.
Congratulations on the release of your very first book, The Tortilla Children. Before we discuss the book, can you inform us a little about your youth?
I was a very peaceful and shy child. The world of books became my truth; the word,s the stories, and my dreams. I might kill dragons. I might be a knight or a princess. I might have golden hair or scales. I might take a trip the world. My mom’s and my mother tongue was Spanish, but we tried so hard to seem like everybody else.
On your website, you discuss how your skill and imagination was warded off as a child and how you transported your anger and disappointment into becoming an author and artist. Can you discuss this and the significance of motivating kids to reveal their creativity?
My parents simply wanted me to have a comfy life, but it appears now more than ever that money is more vital than anything. There appears to be little need to produce unless it brings money or popularity. We have all become lemmings. And we try so much to please and get attention. “Look at me” is the contemporary mantra. We are so scared to “ruffle” plumes. I do not deliberately intend on ruffling plumes, but I seldom return over what I have stated or composed to see if I was not pc that. I do not censor myself. Ask your child to make up a story or draw photo. Provide a cam and send them outdoors. TURN THE DAMN TELEVISION OFF! Let them dream. Let them mispronounce or use the inaccurate word.
Why do you think so typically art is dismissed by grownups as a ‘wild-goose chase’?
Artists are considered as careless and non-traditional. THANK GOD! There a far a lot of beige people. Somebody has to make others unpleasant, to ask the concerns that others attempt not, to see and dream things that make the status quo worried. Even Yeshua did this. Shoot me if I appear like I might be on a truth TELEVISION show.
Let’s carry on to your book, The Tortilla Children. What inspired you to compose it?
It took almost one year to compose THE TORTILLA CHILDREN. Primarily due to research, something that I delight in very much. Plus there has been much health problems around me recently. We had the book published and printed by Easystreetprint.com in the USA.
My dad had passed away of Alzheimer’s. He was the most truthful, hardest working person I have ever known. We are from a time that not is. I purchased a fig tree in his honor and have it on my patio area. Someday I want to have a little plot of land on which to plant it on next to the anvil. He loved growing things. I wished to say a couple of things that he might never ever say before and now it’s difficult. Like, I love you. A pal of mine advised me to compose when I could not paint. Thank you.
What was your procedure like while composing the book? Do you have a disciplined schedule to compose?
I am up at 3:30 -4:00 am and compose up until 7:00 -10:00 am and after that I try once again at night.
I need peace and it is very hard living in a city apartment building. I have an oatmeal shake with banana and honey daily then 2 black coffees or espresso. I sit at my laptop computer on my dining-room table rather at my desk. My desk in my bedroom has a computer system established for my research. I am rather OCD and sometimes repeat over what I have written. But ultimately I get to where I need to be. Some nights I dream things and get up and run to my laptop computer. I am rather reclusive. I reside in the dark, particularly for my next book.
How did you find Onda Books?
I was trying to find a vanity press. Having written remained in the music market I have a deep regard for independents. I required somebody that wanted to let me have some say and might deciding rapidly because I do not know how much more time my daddy has and I think my mom needs something excellent about now. Rose, the publisher of Onda Books, is enthusiastic about the composed word and was very understanding since her dad passed a couple of months back. I also wished to deal with a Latino publisher with an eye on the future, and Rose does. Ebooks are here to stay.
You’re also an artist. How would you explain your design?
Very basic and a bit on the primitive side. I say what I want. Constantine Bokov and Frida Kahlo. I do not care for a lot of material things in life, and I cannot stand anybody that asks me to paint something to hang over their couch. I want people to stop and look and look once again as ask. I am typically informed after a show that I didn’t make a sale but rather fired up a great deal of discussion over my paintings. I want that. We as artists must all want that.
How do you stabilize your work in between painting and composing?
I didn’t paint much while composing this book but it was my first book. But I handled 3 pieces that took me to New York City.
The book cover for The Tortilla Children includes among your paintings. Is that your lead character? Did you paint the artwork particularly for the book?
I painted it a bit over a year earlier. Hmm … perhaps.
What’s on the horizon for Anna-Marie Lopez?
To find a plot to live on which to grow my dad’s fig tree, without upstairs next-door neighbors.
Thanks for this interview!