(Caption under picture) Jordi Villalobos has given us his authorisation to publish this marvelous interview which he made for https://blog.sweek.com. With ‘Linderiun Tesarien Racem: The invasion of dark forces‘, Jordi won the first prize in the Spanish-speaking edition of SweekStars.
Jordi Villalobos nació en Barcelona en 1966. Se licenció como ingeniero técnico en informática de sistemas y ha trabajado durante más de tres décadas en varias empresas del sector de las tecnologías de la información. ‘Linderiun Tesarien Racem: La invasión de los sombríos‘ es su primera novela y con ella ganó el primer premio de la edición hispanohablante de SweekStars, el mayor concurso organizado por Sweek hasta la fecha.
Jordi Villalobos was born in Barcelona in 1966. He earned a degree in technical engineering in computing systems and has worked during more than three decades in several IT firms. ‘Linderiun Tesarien Racem: The invasion of dark forces‘ is his first novel, and with it he won the first prize in SweekStars’ Spanish-speaking edition, the biggest contest Sweek has organised so far.
I started writing a bit late, when I was about 40. I did it just to try it, without daring to imagine that I’d be able to finish a novel.
How did the idea of writing this book arise?
I’ve always been very keen on fantasy, books, cinema, series and also videogames. For a period of time, I got really hooked on a multiplayer online fantasy themed game. When I began getting bored, I started devising the central theme of the plot, and, just to try it out, as I've said before, I began writing.
How much time have you devoted to it?
Since I started writing until I ended it eight years went by, but I was dropping it off and picking it up, until I found it could be somewhat interesting. And the last two years I began taking it more seriously.
In which authors, books or literary characters have you inspired yourself to start writing –if applicable, as well as to write The invasion of dark forces, in particular?
A part of the novel is based on the game I’ve mentioned before, but the authors who I’ve tried to identify myself with the most are Tolkien and Laura Gallego.
What readers is your book aimed at?
It might seem that it’s aimed at young people, teenagers and people of twenty, but I’m surprised that the novel has more acceptance, but most significantly, among readers of thirty, and more among women than men.
Why should they buy it?
Because if they enjoy reading fantasy books, from the fist page until the last they’ll find themselves hooked on the story, then they’ll want to continue reading the second part. My novel is different from the others, among other things, in the fact that I'm breaking the cliché that orcs are ugly and bad. I present them as being better-looking and with better personalities. In fact, the central plot is based on the romance between a human and a beautiful female orc.
What do you advise to Sweek writers as regards to writing novels?
Not to be afraid of getting their feet wet. That if they are willing to do it, then they should do it. One must have a constant and willing attitude as to be writing all the required hours, which are very many.
Why have you decided to confer orcs a more benevolent treatment than other writers do?
Ha, ha, ha. I don’t know. I’ve always seen orcs as some sort of tender beings. Some years ago I used to play Lord of the Rings version Risk. As nobody ever wanted to play the orcs team, it made me sad and I used to play them.
What inspired me to start writing was the idea to present orcs as less bad, less ugly, and that a beautiful female orc was the protagonist. All this came to me because of that online multiplayer game I used to play some time ago which induced me to write. I thought it was a good idea to write a novel in which clichés were broken. And I get busy.
What type of writer are you? Are you a disciplined and organised writer or simply you sit down and write whatever it comes to your mind?
I swear that I try to be disciplined and organised. Before starting writing I try to plan and order all the ideas, trying to write a summarized outline. But I'm just getting halfway through it. I do finally manage to plan and order the central ideas of the plot, but the rest, when I begin writing the best ideas come to my mind. So in a situation of little plan and organisation, a sort of chaos ends up prevailing.
When will the second part be launched?
Very soon. The text is nearly finished waiting for the revision and correction phase. Our first impressions, either mine or that of my collaborators, seem to indicate that the last book will be better than the first.
What are your future plans as a writer?
First, finishing writing the trilogy Linderin Tesarien Racem. The second part, “The return of elves”, is half way done. The third part, probably “The dragons’ legacy”, hasn’t been written yet. Then we will see. There’s an idea going around in my head but it’s still too soon to plan my next objective.