5 Burning Questions With Jose F. Diaz

  1. What’s the easiest thing about writing?

For me, it’s digging deeper into life. It’s the self-discovery that it allows. Sure, we as humans love and hate and want and need, but it’s the finding out why people love what they love, hate what they hate, and so on. And once you find that deeper level of why, then it’s all about finding a way to create characters that people will enjoy and relate to.

  1. What are you doing when you’re not writing?

I currently work as a technical writer for the Social Security Administration, I’m an assistant editor for BrickHouse Books here in Baltimore, and then I do the usual reading and writing and wondering what I’m going to do when I grow up.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using no verbs.

Well, either I have to write describing my thoughts on writing while using no verbs, or I have to describe writing that uses no verbs. I’m not clever enough to write without verbs, so I will go with the latter. Or at least I can’t do it coherently. Which leads me to a funny story about this girl I heard about who lied to her husband about how she got pregnant. They created a religion based on it. But why hadn’t the husband slept with his wife before god impregnated her? Did god impregnate her on their wedding night? Or did they want to wait to consummate the marriage and god got in their first? Or maybe they waited because Mary knew that god had first dibs. It’s all very confusing for me. As is writing that has no verbs. Same same.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

I write fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, in this case, since I’m presenting a piece on nonfiction, it was about learning to become okay with the past, but first I had to write down what the past was. Once I had it down, I could tear it apart and try and figure out where I was turned into me. I never did figure out what made me me, but I did find peace knowing that it didn’t have as much power over me. And once I found out that I could regain power over my life through this act, well, it was all uphill from there.

  1. How’s the whole writing thing working out?

It is the most mind-unraveling thing I have ever done, I constantly feel like a failure, like I’m somehow getting one over on people. It’s the imposter syndrome. At other times I feel like I have just reinvented the world and I feel a great sense of pride at being just the slightest bit clever. When I figure out another perspective that was previously hidden from me. So, the writing thing is working out. It just has no ability to pay my bills … yet.

Finally, our obligatory bonus question: 

Have you seen the new Star Wars? Why or why not? What did you think of the writing?

Yes. Because it’s Star Wars and I like that universe. I think Disney ensured it would be as vanilla as they could make so no one would bother talking about it, ever. The best we can do is talk about how it diverged from the previous installments.

To learn more about Jose, visit him on the web at www.suicidephoenix.com.

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