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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Interview & #Giveaway with R.M. Garcia, author of The Foundlings! #FMBAuthor



Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

R.M. Garcia: I was born in New Jersey. I am of Puerto Rican descent. I am currently living and working in Lakeland Florida, and within a few days will be getting married.

Holly: What do you do when you are not writing?

R.M. Garcia: Generally I watch TV (History Channel) Read on my Kindle and Play D & D

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

R.M. Garcia: I outline all the way, each chapter in fact. I have notebook dedicated to each book series I am working on.

Holly: Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?

R.M. Garcia: Yes, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game changed my life. The reveal at the end took my breath away and to this day I always look for ways to make my readers feel the way I did at that moment.

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

R.M. Garcia: I’ve actually had the plot for the Foundlings for about 20 years, though it changed dramatically once I put it to page.

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?

R.M. Garcia: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Ibooks and Smashwords

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?

R.M. Garcia: Yes I am working on a follow-up to the series. The next book will be titled: Blood Consequences.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

R.M. Garcia: Absolutely, I have 3 different forays in other Genres planned.

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

R.M. Garcia: Quite a lot actually, Many of the characters in the book are exaggeration of actual people I know.

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

R.M. Garcia: Focus and
dedication, and generally family will not support you as you’d like them to.

Holly: What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?

R.M. Garcia: The concept, which is where everything begins.

Holly: If you are self-published, why did you decide to take this route of publishing?

R.M. Garcia: I read an article on Amanda Hockings and said hey I can do that too.


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

R.M. Garcia: Thanks for giving The Foundlings a try, I know you will not be disappointed.

Holly: What are some of the pro’s and con’s of self-publishing verses being published by a publisher in your opinion?

R.M. Garcia: You have to do you own marketing and that is another skillset you need to develop.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Pepsi or coke?

R.M. Garcia: COKE!!

Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?

R.M. Garcia: Dark Choclolate

Holly: Cats or dogs?

R.M. Garcia: WOOF!

Holly: Do you read more than you write?

R.M. Garcia: About the same

Holly: Favorite movie?

R.M. Garcia: Best of the Best and Master Killer (Both Martial Arts films)

Holly: Favorite book to movie?

R.M. Garcia: The Princess Bride

Holly: Hardback/Paperback or eReader?

R.M. Garcia: eREADER

Holly: Why do you like eReaders more?

R.M. Garcia: Less clutter.

Holly: Favorite color?

R.M. Garcia: Green

Holly: Do you own a laptop or desktop computer?

R.M. Garcia: Both and a Mini Computer too.



Title: The Foundlings
Author: R.M. Garcia
Published: June 2011
Page Count: 396
Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy
Recommended Age: 16+
Awards: Received 2nd place in the 2011 Reader View Awards

Synopsis:
After the worst year of his life, all Donnie wanted was happiness, and when he met Abbie, he was sure he had found it. But their happiness together is placed in jeopardy when they are dragged in to the world of Vampires. Orphaned, now they must fight to survive, fight to live and fight to keep their love alive. They find themselves outcasts in this world, the world of the Foundlings.



DONNIE’S TENSION LEVEL rose significantly as the situation escalated. Abbie was in front of him and was guarding him against the old tall bum. He was not sure what was going on, but Abbie and the old man, who he now knew as Hulderich, were getting ready to square off for some unknown reason. To make things worse, a storm front rapidly enveloped the area. The winds picked up and so did the moisture in the air. Abbie leaped forward and attacked Hulderich, and he was still not sure what he was witnessing. Abbie delivered three swift punches to Hulderich’s abdomen; each blow drove him back several feet. He countered with a sweeping back hand that sent Abbie flying back into an exterior wall of the cottage. Wood splintered under the force of her impact. Donnie moved forward to help Abbie, but she looked to him, and he froze in his place at what he saw next. “Stay back, Donnie!” she yelled to him with her fangs bared. Donnie stared in disbelief as she bounded forward yet again. Hulderich was ready for her this time and caught her in mid-leap by her throat. He bared his fangs at Abbie as she struggled against him.
“Foolish girl, you have no chance against me, yield!” Hulderich ordered.
“No! I will not! I . . .” Abbie said as she struggled. Hulderich slammed her in into the sand repeatedly, and then pinned her in place, and then delivered several blows to her chest with his free hand. With each blow, Donnie could hear Abbie wince in pain as her bones shattered. The action was fast, almost too fast for normal eyes to follow, but Donnie found that he was able to see everything clearly. He began to move to help her.
“No, Donnie, stay back!” she cried out from the sand.
“That’s good advice, boy” Hulderich said as he stood up. Abbie began to get to her feet, but Hulderich delivered a vicious kick to her head. The force of his boot drove her through the cottage wall, and she ended up in the kitchen. Donnie moved to the hole and spotted Abbie; she was trying to get up but collapsed onto the floor. Donnie had enough!
Donnie began moving toward Hulderich, “Hey, asshole, how about picking on someone your own size?!” There was a flash of lightning overhead. For a brief moment, it was as bright as any day. Hulderich was eerily standing in the sand, and his smile reminded him of pure evil. The skies opened up, and an immense downpour began. The winds raged and howled with angry tones. The rain seemed to be coming from every direction as the wind violently pushed it around.
“Very well, I don’t need you alive,” Hulderich said and charged at Donnie.
“Bring it!” he yelled back and moved forward. Hulderich took several swings, and Donnie evaded them easily. He performed flips and rolls that kept him away from Hulderich’s strikes. He realized that he was much faster now. Hulderich’s swings seemed to be coming at him in slow motion, and even the rain seemed to be falling slower. He took a few swings of his own on Hulderich. The old man was obviously an experienced pugilist and blocked the attacks easily. He continued to trade swings with Hulderich, and neither had yet to land a blow.


Born and raised in NJ, R.M. Garcia is the son of Puerto Rican parents who moved to NJ from PR shortly after getting married. He has two younger siblings, twins, Eric and Erica. Growing up he was a simple child who never asked for much because his imagination provided him with everything he would ever need. He was considered a dreamer by all of his teachers, but he never thought that was a bad thing. R.M. was initially very shy until he got older and stopped caring what others thought about him. Either you liked him or you didn’t but he was always true to himself. He has been called weird, quirky, funny, and trustworthy; all titles he holds dear.

R.M. originally wrote the short story of The Foundlings when he was still in High School and it was not until much later that he fully developed it into a book. Back in the day, he used to write poetry and often compared his work to the work of a friend, Travis, who was far better at poetry in R.M.’s opinion. After High School, R.M. moved to Florida where he attended college before dabbling in varied professions over the next several years. Such jobs included Hotel Manager, Accountant, Insurance Agent, Travel Agent, Customer Service Rep, Draftsman, and even a Fry Cook. When R.M. started writing his book, he realized that writing was his true passion and what he is ultimately meant to do.

R.M. loved writing The Foundlings and even if it does not become a bestseller, he will continue to write. God willing, and with the help of his fans, The Foundlings will make a mark in the literary world.





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