Author Feature: Gustavo Bondoni

il_fullxfull.318206508I am an Argentine author who writes primarily in English. My debut novel, Siege was published in 2016, while two others, Outside and Incursion, were published in 2017. On the short fiction side, I have over two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries. They have been translated into seven languages. My writing has appeared in Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others.

Tell us about yourself and how you got into writing:

In 2018, my short fiction was a finalist in the Jim Baen Memorial Contest and also received a Judges Commendation (and second place) in The James White Award.

I have also published two reprint collections, Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011). The Curse of El Bastardo (2010) is a short fantasy novel.

I got into writing because, eventually, the stories I used to torture my younger brother with when I was a kid needed to find some other outlet… so I began to write them down.

Tell us about your stories:

Most people would call me a science fiction writer, and yes, that’s definitely where the majority of my fiction lands. However, my writing–like the reading that inspires it–is all over the map. My latest published book is a thriller about a bestselling book, an enterprising female journalist and a peninsula in Greece so far lost in time that women aren’t allowed to set foot there.

What kind of success have you had?

When I first started, a win was to get published, and that is still the one I celebrated longest and hardest. I was paid a contributor’s copy of Jupiter SF for that one. Later, the objective became to get paid. Then to publish a book with a traditional advance and royalties paying published. Then to sell short fiction to major outlets. Right now, a win would be to sell my next novel to a major New York publisher. I’ve been close, but haven’t quite broken through yet.

Where do you write at?

I write at a table in my living room, except when I’m on vacation. Then, I write at whatever a table at the living room most resembles. Why do I answer this question? Because I want to underline the fact that there is no need for some romantic / inspirational writing location. If you have one, fine, if not, write anywhere you are comfortably seated. Also, writing doesn’t take vacations.

Give us an insight into a time you wrote a scene with feeling.

In Timeless, there’s a scene in a car where my MC is talking to a guy. She’s not sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. She’s not sure if the guy means her well or ill, whether she should get out of the car and take her chances with the men chasing her or stay with him and take her chances with him. She’s not sure if she’s scared of him or falling in love with him or both.

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His website is at www.gustavobondoni.com.

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