I had a chat with Bruno Martins Soares, writer of several fantasy and science-fiction books.
Hi, Bruno! Thank you for letting me chat with you today. Tell us about your books.
I’ve been promoting the first volume of Laura and the Shadow King and will be launching the second volume later this year.
Laura and the Shadow King is an action-packed emotional roller-coaster. It takes place in the near future when a couple of pandemics wiped out much of mankind and made many others psychotic, wandering in the wild like animals. Civilization has retreated to cold places and is trying to regain control. But the disease has to be conquered first. Then, hope shows up in the form of a little girl fleeing from her cruel captors with her mother in devastated southern Spain and Portugal. And then she is saved by Special Forces team Shadow. Laura is a special girl who can make all the difference to find a cure, so the invading Russian army will not let her go easily. People usually notice my strong female characters and the girl’s mother, Maria, is someone to be reckoned with.
I have several others, mostly thrillers with a military tone. You can find them on my website.
Sounds great! I bet you and your fans are looking forward to the new release. What’s the first book you ever remember reading?
It was a French young-adult spy novel my father gave to me. I was very suspicious as it didn’t have any pictures, but loved it. It’s about an 18-year old spy and I don’t remember that much about it – just that it made me a bookaholic. I found it on Goodreads!
How nice your dad got you into reading! What inspired you to start writing?
I just couldn’t get enough books with the stories I wanted to read. So I started writing my own.
They say to write what you want to read! Who is your main inspiration?
Difficult to say. Life inspires me. I love people and I get in love with my own characters. I also absolutely love movies. Things from Casablanca and The Godfather to The Matrix. Love them!
Aside from writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? Movies, TV, gaming, strolling by the beach with my girlfriend. None of that means I stopped working – a writer is always writing or thinking what to write.
I love games too! They and movies can be such a huge inspiration. Tell me about your writing space. Where do you usually write?
At the dinner table or at the coffee shop. I actually feel more at ease at the coffee shop, I don’t get interrupted so many times – cats, daughter-in-laws and girfriends don’t understand the concept of writing. But I usually write at my dinner table in the morning or late at night.
Haha, I understand the concept of spare time, I have a three-month-old! Are you a morning or night person? What time of day do you prefer to sit and write?
Mornings are more productive, but it can happen that I wake up at 4am and have to jump out of bed and write.
Do you plan out your stories or are you a pantser (making it up as you go along)?
I’m a planner. I start planning my books years in advance. I’m planning about half a dozen right now. But then I only write one at a time, usually taking the best part of a year.
Sounds like you have a ton of ideas. I hope you get to write them all! What’s your favourite book genre? Do you write in that genre?
I prefer to read historic novels, but write SF&F. Love Bernard Cornwell, Adrian Goldsmith, Alexander Kent, for instance.
Tell me your top favourite books of all time.
Dune by Frank Herbert, A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin, Farewell to Arms by E.Hemingway, To the Lighthouse by V. Woolf, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In no particular order.
That was five! Have you ever read a book that changed your life?
Many books changed my life. The Waves by V. Woolf made me write better descriptions. Dune by Frank Herbert made me write more intimately. The Ants by Boris Vian gave me a different view of short stories.
That’s great! We can always learn to get better at writing by reading a lot. Who is your favourite book character who you’ve created?
Not sure. Probably Alex 9, from the Saga of Alex 9. She’s a commando from the 22nd Century who ends up in a planet just like Earth, but stuck in the Middle Ages. The trilogy is still not published in English, though. But it was really fun to write. And Alex is a badass. I also like Byllard Iddo and Mirany Cavo, from The Dark Sea War Chronicles, and JJ Berger and Paige Drexler, from Laura and the Shadow King. Paige is a blast – I laugh as I write her lines.
What’s your latest book about?
I think I spoke above about my latest book. My WIP is a supernatural/Scifi psychological thriller about a psychologist whose wife has died, leaving him and their nine-year-old son in deep mourning. But then strange things start to happen. It’s called Insight. It’s some of my best work, actually. I’m very pleased by it.
It sounds fascinating! OK, something unrelated to writing! If you could go on a date with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Not sure. Never thought about it like that. How about Natalie Portman? She’s a fine actress and a bit mysterious to me.
I agree, she’s got timeless beauty. Thank you for talking with me today! Where can we find out more about you?