I am so pleased to share my recent conversation with stellar author, Francisco Cordoba! It’s always fun to sit down with a fellow writer and pick their brains – and this was no exception. I love his fun, sexy style, and his quirky characters and vivid settings.
A passionate romantic and obsessive equestrian, Francisco Cordoba has been writing for as long as he can remember. However, it’s only in the last few years, since completing his Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and suffering regular chastisement from his wife, that he has dared to fully unleash his muse. He loves writing about romance, relationships, adventures and sex.
Francisco lives a largely reclusive life tucked away in an old farmhouse, somewhere, with his wife, teenage son, four cats, two dogs, horse, ducks and chickens. He freely admits to loving them all, although he refuses to allow more than three bodies to occupy his bed at any one time. His six-book slightly erotic, paranormally romantic, mysteriously suspenseful, thrillingly adventurous, and possibly fictional debut series, The Horsemen of Golegã, will be self-published soon.
I was lucky enough to get to ask him a few questions.
Me: What is your favorite movie?
Francisco: Hmm, that’s a really good question. There are many movies I like, so picking one is a real challenge. In fact, it’s more than I can manage, so I’m going to pick three. Maybe then you won’t mind if I don’t answer the why part of the question in too much detail. In no particular order my three favorite movies are Witness, Dead Poet’s Society and The Bridges of Madison County.
Witness was fascinating to me on several levels. There’s the age-old bittersweet story of a romance that cannot be. There are bad guys. There’s a protective hero and an attractive heroine. I have two favorite scenes in the movie: the barn-raising, and at the end where the little boy rings the bell and the community recognizes the alarm and comes to investigate and help. I’m completely fascinated by the whole community working for the common good thing, because I’ve never actually experienced it. For me, it’s a fairytale I would like to come true, so it’s alluring.
Dead Poet’s Society is again a bittersweet coming-of-age movie. Robin Williams is one of my favorite actors. I love the concept of carpe diem and remembering the excitement and despair of being on the cusp of life.
The Bridges of Madison County, well bittersweet again – I’m identifying a theme to my movie-watching enjoyment. Again, the impossible romance. That movie is a brilliant realization of how a story of just two ordinary lives, untouched by car chases, explosions, iphones or zombies, can be utterly compelling.
Me: What is the easiest thing for you with your writing?
Francisco: Writing when the mood is upon me. When the words flow freely from my mind to my fingers and I feel like nothing more than a conduit. At those times, writing is the easiest thing in the world and all I need is a keyboard and time.
Me: Is anything particularly challenging in your writing?
Francisco: Wow, I’m not sure how to answer that. Challenging content? I suppose I could say that writing place descriptions is something I find challenging. I’m more a dialogue and exposition kind of guy. As to content in terms of topics and subject matter, I think I’m pretty comfortable writing most things. Early on, I was squeamish about writing emotions that went deeper than the odd smile. I could write anger and negative emotions, but deeper love and the feelings around that were a challenge because I was afraid someone would read what I had written! That’s a bit self-defeating for a romance author, so I got over it–mostly.
Me: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Francisco: How long is a piece of string? I wrote 165,000 words, a novel still waiting for an ending, in 3 months. But the major problem with that is it’s not complete. I wrote the first drafts for 5 Horsemen of Golegã books in about 3 months and by the time they’re published they will have been in edits for another 6-8 months. I can write a 10,000 word short in a week, or a month. Really, it all depends. With time, space and the muse upon me, I can get the words out in a timely fashion. Are they the best words? That remains to be seen.
Me: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Francisco: For heaven’s sake stop fucking around and get on with it, you fool.
I love that last answer. It’s so true. So much of writing is just do it!
Thanks so much Francisco for giving me your time! And to everyone else for reading!