Soapbox Spotlight: Emiliana Erriquez

Thank you for joining me!  Today’s Soapbox Spotlight is with Emiliana Erriquez, one of our foreign indie authors!  I’m so honored to have Emiliana here with us to talk about her independent effort on Leave Me Alone, published on Kindle.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from Italy, and I live in the north of Puglia, in Foggia. I work as a translator from English into Italian now, but I’m a journalist too. I’ve worked for years in that field. I’m married and have one wonderful four-year-old child. I wrote Leave Me Alone in 2007. It was in Italian, but I translated it into English and had it edited by an American editor.

What inspired you to write your first book, and what was it?

I think I was shocked like everyone else by the terrible terrorist attack in Beslan. I started to write Leave Me Alone months before that event, but it was that [event that] made me decide to finish it and have it published. I tried traditional publishing in the past then I went to the indie one.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

It’s not writing at all, but the feeling I have about the little child. It was hard to try and identify myself with her and her thoughts while she was in that school. I mean, sometimes things are difficult to understand by adults, and I could just imagine how much it would be for a little child, or explain to herself what was happening there, and above all, why.

What made you want to be a writer?

Being a writer is something that I have always desired. I have been writing since I was a little girl. When I read some good books in the past I thought I would have been able to do the same, to tell stories. It is like a need for me, something I feel inside of me. Writing can’t be explained I think. You just feel the need to write down your ideas, your emotions, your thoughts and that’s it.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Well, I don’t know if it is writer’s block but what happens to me is to write for months like crazy and then I stop for awhile. There are days in which I don’t write at all because it looks like my mind is empty, then the time comes when I can’t go out of my room because I just need to be in front of my PC and write and write. If I need to do other things, my mind is always focused on my writing. I never stop thinking about what I want to write during those days.

What do you love about independent publishing?

The indie movement gave me the opportunity to reach people all over the world. I can share with them my ideas, my interests, my reviews, ask them to help and help them in return. I think it is wonderful. That’s why I love to be an indie author.

How do you come up with new novel ideas?

Travelling helps me to have new ideas. Recently, I went to New York City with my husband and child and we stayed there two weeks on vacation. I couldn’t stop thinking about what I’d have written once at home. I wrote down all my impressions and emotions while in the USA. Now that I’m home again, I’m writing my second book, directly in English this time, and it is located in New York City. I think travelling is surely the best way I have to come up with new ideas.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Just to try and look for the right strength to face events inside of themselves. Someone can save himself thanks to some friends of his, someone has to do it by himself but we all find the necessary strength to go on inside of us somehow.

What are your current writing projects now?

As I said before, I’m writing another book now and it is that kind of period during which I can’t go out of my room. It is a story about love, loss and regrets and it is quite different from Leave Me Alone. I have also another book ready, but I have to translate it into English before putting it on Amazon. I just wrote it without editing it at all yet.

Your writing space: neat or messy?

My writing space? I need to have it neat, I can’t write if the room is messy. Recently I discovered I like to have it with some blue displayed inside. It relaxes me. I have my desk under the window and can look at the garden and that’s another thing I like very much.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?

I suppose it could be this: never, never, never give up. Never give up on your dream because if you are strong enough to follow them and get over the difficulties, you’ll see them come true one day. It happened to me, so I know what I’m talking about. It happened more than one time.

Thanks for being with us, Emiliana!  Your book sounds incredible!

You can find Emiliana at the following links:

Twitter: @emyerriquez

You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest under Emiliana Erriquez!

You can find Emiliana’s book at the following links:


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