Carlos Rubio Author Bio:
CARLOS RUBIO was born in Cuba and came to the United States in 1961. After finishing high school, he attended Concord College and West Virginia University. A bilingual novelist, in Spanish he has written Saga, Orisha and Hubris. In 1989 his novel Quadrivium received the Nuevo León International Prize for Novels. In English he is the e author of Orpheus’s Blues, Secret Memories and American
Triptych, a trilogy of satirical novels. In 2004 his novel Dead Time received Foreword’s Magazine Book of the Year Award. His novel Forgotten Objects was published by Editions Dedicaces in 2014. Since then he has completed two Spanish-language works, Final Aria and Double Edge. The latter was a finalist in the International Reinaldo Arenas Literary Contest and was subsequently published by Ediciones Alféizar in 2019.
What inspires you to write?
I have been asking myself that question for many years. I still do not have an answer.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a general idea in my mind before I start, but I do not write anything down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and I observe.
Who are your favorite authors?
Severo Sarduy, Alejo Carpentier, Richard Brautigan, Albert Camus. Cobra, The Kingdom of this World, Trout Fishing in America, The Stranger.
What genres do you write?
Novels, short stories
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
It was not a conscious choice. Writing is not like ordering from a menu.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
A pen, paper, a laptop computer.
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
I am interested in automobile mechanics. I also do bonsai trees.
What formats are your books in?
All information is provided by the author and is presented as it was submitted so you the reader get to hear the author’s own “voice” in their interview.