Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Interview with Raymond Mendoza, author of Pickles


Inside the Book

  Title: Pickles
Author: Raymond Mendoza
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

 The most deadly of enemies are often those we cannot see. The greatest battles are not the ones written on the scrolls of history but plague the battlefields of our hearts. We all encounter grief, pain, and loss. Sadly, many do not survive their struggle. In author Raymond Mendoza’s Pickles, Michael Harvey is lost in a stormy sea of hopelessness. He is trying to find himself again after his wife and their unborn child are killed by a drunk driver. Grief holds him captive as he tries to continue maintaining his art gallery with his father after the devastating loss. However, as Michael begins to realize, there are things that are solely constructed by His hand. As Michael struggles with the unseen battle, signs begin to appear through a newly discovered journal. While it seems like there is no hope for a man who is like a lost ship at sea, the glow from the lighthouse seemingly guides him back to the shores of loving again. And sometimes it comes from unexpected sources, like a dog named Pickles. Pickles is an emotional journey that portrays the power of true love as it is lost and then found once more. No matter how bad things may seem, through God’s power and love, one can be restored.  

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

One of the biggest challenges is knowing that writing a book is a marathon, not a race. Sometimes you grow impatient, but you have to keep a steady pace... Working when you can, not worrying when you can’t.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?

-One of my favorite parts is Michael’s encounter with Old man Salvador. Michael is literally hanging by a thread, and Old Man Salvador talks about how he had to expect something new, at the end of an old road. I think that a lot of people misunderstand that. When you lose someone, you can’t expect the same things in life.... A new path has to emerge.

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

-I never really had a mentor. But, I see that God has sent people in different seasons of my of my life, when I needed them the most. I tried to reflect this in my book, Pickles.

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

I don’t know if that’s necessarily true. I love to read, though in my youth I didn’t. I think reading helps expand your vocabulary and technical skills, but I don’t believe you need anything to be able to create something. You just have to be willing to try. I love reading inspiration books though... One of my favorites is my wife’s book, “A Secret Star.”

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