# Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!
Hello, I’m Lidia Longorio. I’m twenty one years old and I’ve published two books so far. “Hey Humanity” is my debut book. It’s a poetry book with my musings as I consider myself an observer of humanity . “Death’s Rattle” is a dark comedy novel about death personified.
# What is/are the real-life story(ies) behind your book(s)?
There are definitely some things I took from my real life. It’s inevitable. Every author needs to add a drop of themselves in their work. I’m a timid person and I often find myself listening and watching people. From that I create prose and stories.
# What inspires/inspired your creativity?
People. Strangers, friends, myself. I can read people well, or at least I think I can. I am often the friend you come to for advice and the stranger you feel inclined to tell your life story to. I cherish those moments with humans in their pure humanity.
# How do you deal with creative block?
I do several things when I’m struck by writer’s block. I’ve realized I have a protocol when it comes to that.
First, I see if I can go on a typing tangent by letting my words flow from my hands. No matter how random or silly the words that I end up with are. If that doesn’t work, I do something(s) that fuels my creativity. That usually is digesting others’ work. Such as reading a book or listening to music. If all else fails, I will take a break from my work by going on a walk, taking a nap, and/or reaching out to a friend.
# What are the biggest mistakes you can make in a book?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in a book is not writing what you would want to read.
# Do you have tips on choosing titles and covers?
You can get inspiration from other books or broaden your horizons by looking at other media in the same genre as your book. Paintings, films, poems, music, etc. Obviously don’t copy other artists. That’s against the creative code. Make it your own!
# How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them?
I take any reviews into account. Some people don’t connect with your writing and that’s okay. As long as they’re being kind and respectful I appreciate all kinds of honest feedback!
# How has your creation process improved over time?
I am definitely more structured but also relaxed with my creative process. I try to not put as much pressure on myself as I did in the past, but also giving it my best.
# What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?
The worst thing I encountered was the self-doubt that crept in when I became burnt out or was blocked creatively. The best thing I encountered was my assurance of my passion for writing as I created despite my doubts. I was most surprised by my patience when it came to writing. I’m not a very patient person with most things, but there is something about writing that is worth the wait.
# Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?
Serving readers is a biproduct of personal satisfaction. Having and being a part of the readers’ point of view is a vital part of writing the best story you can.
# What role do emotions play in creativity?
There is no need for a heart without the brain. You need emotion to add some humanity to your writing and you need intellect to get through the story.
# Do you have any creativity tricks?
Digest the media you create. If you write books, read. If you make music, put on your music playlist. If you’re into business keep up with your favorite entrepreneurs. Inspiration can’t be achieved without others to guide the way.
# What are your plans for future books?
I plan to continue the Hey Humanity series. I am currently 3/4 through the second volume. I plan to publish books in other genres and continue to not put myself in a box when it comes to my art. The sky is the limit!
# Tell us some quirky facts about yourself
- I am bilingual. I speak English & Spanish.
- I was born in the cusp of the generational change in 1999. I call myself a zennial.
- I collect leather jackets.
- I have a huge birthmark from my chest down to my belly button.