For our third contributor mini-interview we welcome Victor G. Espinosa, who is back for more after featuring in the Ecotones anthology!
Victor is an indie author from Naples, Florida, who has appeared in several previous short fiction anthologies. He self-published a fantasy novella in 2015, Greyheart, and you can catch occasional updates about life and writing on his blog.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
The first official story I wrote, from beginning to end, was in high school. For extra credit I wrote a story about a student detective who discovers the principle’s body in a football field locker after she goes missing for a week. It didn’t get me much extra credit, my teacher was too appalled to read it all.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
Batman. And all the accompanying Bat-Family, honestly. Batman comics have always been heavily character driven with fantastic plots. They’re all around good stories, with a flawed, deeply human character at the center. Who doesn’t like that?
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
Moon Knight. Why? Because he’s basically Batman with a different theme. Instead of a crime-fighting billionaire with childhood PTSD obsessed with bats, he’s obsessed with the moon and Ra, the moon god. It’s a cool twist and alternate exploration of a traumatized character struggling to cope.
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
Peanut butter. Legit, straight from peanuts, peanut butter. It’s so good. It’s so good. I may actually have a serious addiction to its creamy, crunchy goodness.
- I read that and thought, Damn allergies… so, what would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
A life-time supply of peanut butter. There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for that.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
My superhero suit would consist of a t-shirt with the words “I Came to Party” on it. Comfy, loose fit blue-jeans. Black converse with gel insoles. With an outfit like that I could face down any villain, no matter how dastardly they be.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
I would probably approach some grocery store suppliers and organic peanut farmers, look to cut them a deal under the table for their best peanut butter at a cost they can’t refuse. I’d promise to drive sales and customer satisfaction up for their peanut butter, maybe even offer them an exclusive deal to supply the statehouse with peanut butter directly, all in return for a life-time supply of the finest peanut butter one can make. Of course, no one would ever know about this until long after my death.
- We’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
I’d say I’m about 80% hero, 20% villain. And that 20% might not be considered villainy. I would just be a really selfish hero sometimes.
Many thanks to Victor, but now to more important things: like what story he has very generously prepared for us!
A TALE FROM LOGTOWN — in Pacific City’s most dire slum, two brothers stalk the night to put a stop to crime — but while one is driven by idealism and loyalty, the other’s goals are far from pure…
More interviews are on the way!