Posted on 06/20/2011 by MARANTHA JENELLE (THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL POSTING DATE)

 

Tonight, June 19-2011, I had the honor of interviewing Juan Villagrana, of THESE IMMORTAL WORDS, from right here on WordPress. This young man has a lot of talent, and is not only a friend and subscriber to my own blog here on WordPress, but he is also a personal chat friend as well.

Funny, witty, with a slightly sarcastic sense of humor, and wise beyond his years, Juan is also a very talented writer, as can be seen when one visits his blog, the link to which is given in the above paragraph and again later in this interview.

This conversation took place, in real time, on a Yahoo messenger, and has been copy and pasted, [all except for the typo’s! I took the liberty of correcting those!], exactly as it occurred. So, without further ado, I present my interview with the sweet and talented Juan Villagrana!

AMBER MICHELLE: i am kind of glad you messaged me, for you can be my very first ever interview!

jdvillagrana: Yay!

jdvillagrana: OH. I JUST REALIZED THAT I’M THE INTERVIEW SUBJECT!

jdvillagrana: AT FIRST I THOUGHT THAT YOU HAD BEEN INTERVIEWED, BUT THIS IS ALSO REALLY COOL.

AMBER MICHELLE: OKAY, FIRST, TO ANY WHO READ THIS BLOG, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME JUAN VILLAGRANA, OF “THESE IMMORTAL WORDS” ON WORDPRESS, TO MY BE MY VERY FIRST INTERVIEW GUEST.

AMBER MICHELLE: WELCOME, JUAN, TO “GHOST WHISPERS”, MY NEWEST BLOG.

jdvillagrana: HI!

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE FAIRLY YOUNG, BUT COULD YOU TELL OUR READERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

jdvillagrana: WELL. THIS IS AWKWARD. SO, UM… I RECENTLY TURNED 18. I’M AN ASPIRING WRITER. I READ WAY TOO MUCH, BUT THAT’S FAR FROM BEING A BAD THING. I’M ALSO JUST GETTING INTO SOME VERY MINOR GRAPHIC DESIGN, BUT DON’T BE EXPECTING ANYTHING GRAND ANY TIME SOON.

AMBER MICHELLE: THAT SOUNDS FASCINATING, JUAN.

AMBER MICHELLE: TELL ME, WHEN DID YOU GET THE “WRITING BUG”?

jdvillagrana: THERE’S ACTUALLY NO SPECIFIC ANSWER TO THAT. FORGIVE ME FOR BEING TOTALLY CLICHE ABOUT THIS, BUT I’VE KIND OF BEEN WRITING SINCE I WAS LITTLE. NOTHING BIG, OF COURSE. JUST SCRAWLING SOME TINY, AWFUL STORY IN MY NOTEBOOK AND THEN TOSSING IT LATER. WRITING WASN’T ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO ME. IT WAS MORE OF A THING I DID FOR FUN, BUT WITH NO CLEAR DIRECTION. I WAS HOOKED WHEN I WAS IN THE FIFTH GRADE, LEADING TO A STRING OF HALF-BAKED IDEAS THAT I HORRIBLY DRAGGED OUT AND TURNED TO UNFINISHED MANUSCRIPTS. I’M PRESENTLY HOPING TO NEVER UNCOVER ANY OF THOSE, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

AMBER MICHELLE: HEHHEE, BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, AND HAVE THE “I HOPE I NEVER SEE THOSE THINGS AGAIN” SCARS TO PROVE IT!

AMBER MICHELLE: SO TELL ME, DO YOU WRITE IN ONLY ONE GENRE, OR DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE THAT YOU CAN WRITE IN?

jdvillagrana: RIGHT NOW, I’M ONLY WRITING YA. BUT BOTH OF THE PROJECTS I’M WORKING ON ARE VASTLY DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF GENRE–ONE IS AN URBAN FANTASY, THE OTHER IS A STEAMPUNK DYSTOPIAN.

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, FOR THOSE OF OUR READERS (UH-HEM…LIKE ME!) WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THOSE ARE, COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT EACH OF THEM?

jdvillagrana: I’M NOT EXACTLY YOUR GO-TO GUY FOR EXPLANATIONS, BUT I’LL TRY MY BEST. URBAN FANTASY IS BASICALLY A MODERN FANTASY. SO BASICALLY IT’S A FANTASY THAT TAKES PLACE IN A MODERN SETTING. FOR DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE, THINK FAHRENHEIT 451 BY RAY BRADBURY OR 1984 BY GEORGE ORWELL.

AMBER MICHELLE: OKAY, AND THE “STEAMPUNK” ONE?

jdvillagrana: I AM HORRIBLE AT EXPLAINING STEAMPUNK, SO I WON’T EVEN GO INTO THAT HAHA. WOULDN’T WANT TO EMBARRASS MYSELF.

AMBER MICHELLE: HEHEHEH, OKAY, I WILL LET YOU OFF OF THE HOOK ON THAT ONE!

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, YOU ARE NOT ONLY A FRIEND AND ONE OF MY SUBSCRIBERS ON WORDPRESS, BUT YOU ARE ALSO A FRIEND OFF SITE AND A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ME.

jdvillagrana: THANKS! THAT’S SO SWEET OF YOU.

AMBER MICHELLE: YOU HAVE MENTIONED “FROM TIME TO TIME” (LIKE A LOT!) ABOUT A PROJECT YOU ARE GROOMING FOR POSSIBLE AGENT APPROVAL…

AMBER MICHELLE: I REFER, OF COURSE, TO “STAR SONG”.

AMBER MICHELLE: COULD YOU TELL OUR READERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STORY, SORT OF AN APPETIZER, IF YOU WILL, TO WHET THEIR APPETITES?

jdvillagrana: I CAN’T SAY TOO MUCH ABOUT STARSONG. IT’S BASICALLY AN URBAN FANTASY SET IN A FICTIONAL CALIFORNIAN TOWN. IT’S TOLD FROM THREE SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW, AND IT FOCUSES ON THE HORRIFIC EVENTS THAT SLOWLY UNFOLD IN TOWN. THERE ARE ALSO PIXIES. BUT I DON’T WANT PEOPLE THINKING THAT THEY’RE THE SWEET, DISNEY-FIED PIXIES OF TODAY. AND THAT’S ALL I’LL SAY FOR NOW.

AMBER MICHELLE: THAT IS PERFECTLY ALRIGHT, I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR HESITATION TO PUT YOUR “CHILD” ON THE WORLD STAGE TOO SOON.

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, IF YOU HAD A ROOMFUL OF YOUNG WRITERS AND YOU WERE THE GUEST SPEAKER, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER THEM WITH REGARDS TO WRITING?

jdvillagrana: HM. I’M NOT THE BEST FOUNTAIN OF ADVICE AND INSPIRATION, BUT I’D BASICALLY TELL THEM SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF: THERE ARE GOING TO BE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO TELL YOU THINGS ABOUT YOUR WRITING, AND NOT ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE AMAZINGLY SWEET. SOME WILL OFFER KIND WORDS, OTHERS WILL DO THE OPPOSITE. SOME WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN DO IT, AND OTHERS WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST GIVE UP. WELL. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM. YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL, NOT THEM. NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE DOES OR SAYS OR IMPLIES, YOU WILL NOT STOP. THIS STORY IS YOURS TO TELL, AND YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

jdvillagrana: AND THEN I’D GIVE THEM CRACKERS TO GO WILL ALL THAT CHEESE.

AMBER MICHELLE: HEHEHEH, YOU ARE TOO MUCH SOMETIMES.

AMBER MICHELLE: BUT YOU ARE ALSO ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, AND YET ONCE AGAIN YOU ARE ALSO WISE BEYOND YOUR YEARS.

AMBER MICHELLE: I MYSELF SOMETIMES ALLOW MY VISION OF MYSELF AND MY TALENTS TO BE BASED ON WHAT OTHERS SEE ME AND THEM AS.

AMBER MICHELLE: AND THAT IS WRONG, I AM ME, NOT THEM, JUST AS ALL WRITERS ARE THEMSELVES, NOT OTHERS.

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

AMBER MICHELLE: YOU HAVE TOLD ME IN PAST PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU TURN TO MUSIC SOMETIMES FOR INSPIRATION, BUT ARE THERE OTHER THINGS AS WELL?

AMBER MICHELLE: SUCH AS FRIENDS, THINGS THAT HAPPEN OR THAT YOU OVERHEAR OR SEE THAT INSPIRE THE WONDERFUL STORIES THAT YOU CREATE?

jdvillagrana: I’VE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT FINDING INSPIRATION FROM MUSIC ON MY BLOG, SINCE IT’S A COMMON THING FOR WRITERS. FRIENDS ARE A HUGE INSPIRATION, THOUGH. THERE’S ACTUALLY TOO MUCH TO LIST WHEN IT COMES TO INSPIRATION. A SONG, A SUNSET, A PICTURE. THE FIRST CHAPTER OF STARSONG, FOR INSTANCE, WAS INSPIRED WHEN I IMAGINED SOMEONE LOCKING ME IN A MALFUNCTIONING LUNCH WARMER AND SEARING ME TO DEATH. UM. IT’S NOT AS STUPID AS IT SOUNDS, TRUST ME. ONCE PENCIL HIT PAPER, THE PROLOGUE TOOK IT’S OWN TWIST.

AMBER MICHELLE: THAT IS WONDERFUL!

jdvillagrana: WHAT? THAT I IMAGINED SOMEONE TOASTING ME TO DEATH?

[MARANTHA JENELLE: THIS IS AN ADD IN THAT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL INTERVIEW, FOR I SORT OF MISSED THAT LAST COMMENT, SO I WILL RESPOND HERE ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT JUAN WILL SEE IT…NO, JUAN, NOT THAT, BUT THAT YOU COULD CREATE A STORY FROM SOMETHING LIKE THAT! THAT IS WHAT I THOUGHT WAS WONDERFUL! JUST A LITTLE CLARIFICATION THERE!]

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEGUN TO JOIN IN IN THE “INMON” (INSPIRATION MONDAY) PROMPT RESPONSES ON STEPHANIE, OF “BEKINDREWRITE”s” BLOG

( http://bekindrewrite.wordpress.com/inspiration-monday/ ),

AND I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE.

jdvillagrana: DEFINITELY.

AMBER MICHELLE: SHE HAS A LOT OF TALENT HERSELF, AND I AM HOPING SHE WILL ALSO GRANT ME AN INTERVIEW, BUT IN HER CASE I WILL BE THE ONE IN THE “HOT SEAT” TRYING TO COME UP WITH GOOD QUESTIONS!

AMBER MICHELLE: WELL, JUAN, THAT JUST ABOUT CONCLUDES THIS INTERVIEW, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SPEAK WITH ME TODAY, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR NEW PROJECTS AS THEY DEVELOP.

jdvillagrana: THANK YOU! I LOVE INTERVIEWS!

AMBER MICHELLE: I WOULD LIKE TO OBTAIN YOUR PERMISSION TO PUT A COUPLE OF YOUR POSTS FROM YOUR BLOG WITH THIS INTERVIEW TO SHOW OUR READERS WHAT A WONDERFULLY TALENTED YOUNG MAN YOU ARE, IF THAT WOULD BE ALRIGHT.

jdvillagrana: UM. IF YOU COULD JUST PUT THE LINKS, THAT WOULD BE FINE. I WOULDN’T WANT THOSE THINGS CLOGGING UP THIS INTERVIEW.

AMBER MICHELLE: ALRIGHT, AS THE LITTLE GIRL ON “FULL HOUSE” USED TO SAY…”YOU DOT IT, DUDE!”.

AMBER MICHELLE: DEAR READERS, YOU REALLY SHOULD GO CHECK OUT JUAN’S BLOG, HE IS A TERRIFIC WRITER FOR BEING SO YOUNG!

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF HIS MOST RECENT POSTS SO THAT THOSE WHO READ THIS CAN SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW WONDERFULLY TALENTED HE IS FOR HIS AGE.

http://juanvillagrana.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/end/

http://juanvillagrana.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/madness/

AMBER MICHELLE: AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE HAS OFTEN IN THE PAST MADE ME REALIZE THINGS, SEE THINGS IN A DIFFERENT WAY, THAT HAVE HELPED MY OWN WRITING.

AMBER MICHELLE: IT IS BOTH MY HONOR AND PLEASURE TO KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN.

AMBER MICHELLE: JUAN, ONCE AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE HONOR OF SHARING THIS TIME WITH YOU AND THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING WITH YOU.

jdvillagrana: YUP. ANYTIME!

AMBER MICHELLE: I HOPE YOU WILL ACCEPT MY OFFER TO DO A GUEST POST ON MY BLOG AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.

AMBER MICHELLE: WELL, FOLKS, THAT ABOUT WRAPS UP THIS, MY VERY FIRST EVER INTERVIEW.

AMBER MICHELLE: I AM HOPING TO ADD MANY MORE TO THIS PAGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SO BOOKMARK IT, FOR IT WILL BE WHERE I PUT ALL OF MY INTERVIEWS.

AMBER MICHELLE: WISHING EACH AND EVERYONE THAT READS THIS A LIFETIME OF LUCK, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS.

AMBER MICHELLE: THIS IS MARANTHA JENELLE, SIGNING OFF FOR “GHOST WHISPERS”.

And so, dear readers, thus ends our visit with one of the talented and wonderful writers of WordPress. I am hoping to be able to post many more as I get to meet more of the fascinating people here on the site. If you would wish to keep up with the interviews, feel free to subscribe to my site, and also check out some of the other writers who share the stories from their hearts:

STEPHANIE, OF “BEKINDREWRITE

HER STORY PROMPTS ARE SO INSPIRING THAT THEY WILL GET EVEN THE MOST SLUGGISH IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY MOVING

***

ERIC SWETT, OF “MY WRITER’S CRAMP

A FANTASTICALLY TALENTED WRITER, HIS STORIES WILL TAKE YOU BY THE HAND AND LEAD YOU INTO WORLDS OUTSIDE OUR OWN

***

SONIA, OF “ALL WHO WANDER ARE NOT LOST” (FORMERLY “DOING THE WRITE THING”

THIS LADY HAS A LOT OF TALENT, AND ALSO KNOWS QUITE A BIT ABOUT THE WRITING WORLD. HER BLOG OFTEN CONTAINS ADVISE AND ARTICLES THAT SHE SHARES WITH HER FELLOW WRITERS HERE ON WORDPRESS. SHE IS DEFINITELY ONE TO BOOKMARK, SUBSCRIBE TO AND WATCH.

***

PATTI, OF “A NEW DAY DAWNS

NOT ONLY AN EXTREMELY TALENTED WRITER, SHE ALSO CREATES BEAUTIFUL SCRAPBOOK PAGES AND JOURNALS, SOME OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND, LIKE HIDDEN TREASURE, AMONGST HER POSTS. HER STORIES ARE FILLED WITH INSPIRATION, HOPE, AND LOADS OF LOVE

***

JINX AND HER YOUNG BROTHER , PIANOLOVER, OF “JINX WRITINGS

THIS YOUNG DUO, A BROTHER AND A SISTER, ARE SO VERY TALENTED FOR THEIR AGE. JINX IS SWEET ENOUGH TO SHARE HER BLOG WITH HER BROTHER. THEIR STORIES ARE WELL WORTH DROPPING BY AND ENJOYING.

***

JUAN VILLAGRANA, OF “THESE IMMORTAL WORDS

ANOTHER ONE OF WORDPRESSES VERY TALENTED YOUNG WRITERS, THIS YOUNG MAN, IF HIS WORK CONTINUES TO BE AS GOOD AS WHAT HE SHARES WITH THE WORDPRESS COMMUNITY, STANDS A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF BECOMING A VERY POPULAR PUBLISHED AUTHOR.

***

BAYLEY TREW, OF “THIRTY NINE YEAR OLD LITERARY VIRGIN

THIS TALENTED YOUNG (AT LEAST FROM MY PERSPECTIVE!) WRITER, THOUGH HE CLAIMS TO BE NEW TO THE WRITING SCENE, DISPLAYS A GREAT DEAL OF TALENT. I THINK HE IS TOO MODEST WHERE HIS WRITING ABILITY IS CONCERNED, FOR HE IS VERY, VERY GOOD. HIS BLOG IS WELL WORTH A VISIT.

***

MY WORDS WHISPER

THIS WRITER’S STORIES ARE WELL WORTH CHECKING OUT.

***

CYNTHIAHERRON, OF “CYNTHIAHERRON

SWEET AND TALENTED, NOT TO MENTION SMART AND VERY PRETTY, WITH A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AND A BACKGROUND IN SOCIAL WORK, HER POSTS ARE A TRUE PLEASURE TO VISIT.

***

INDIGO SPIDER

EXTREMELY TALENTED, WITH A RATHER UNIQUE WAY OF VIEWING LIFE AND HERSELF, THIS WRITER IS A TRUE JOY TO READ, IF ONLY FOR THE FACT THAT THERE ARE OFTEN HIDDEN TRUTHS WITHIN HER SEEMINGLY BLASE ATTITUDE. SHE IS ONE YOU MIGHT WANT TO BOOKMARK AND KEEP AN EYE ON, FOR SHE IS REALLY GOOD.

***

BILLIE JO WOODS, OF “OUT OF THE WOODS

THIS SWEET WRITER IS EXTREMELY TALENTED, AND IS ABLE TO WRITE IN A VARIETY OF GENRES. HER WORK IS A TRUE TREAT.

SO COME ONE, COME ALL, MAKE YOURSELVES COMFORTABLE, GRAB A GLASS OF INTERNET COLA OR A SOOTHING CUP OF CYBER TEA, RELAX AND PREPARE FOR A FEAST FOR THE EYES, MIND AND HEART AS YOU VISIT

THE WONDERFUL WRITERS OF WORDPRESS.

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About MARANTHA DREAMWEAVER JENELLE

WRITER'S USE WORDS TO PAINT PICTURES ON THE CANVASES OF THEIR READER'S MINDS. marantha d. jenelle/aka 'maradjen'

One response »

  1. Great interview! One bit I would quibble with…Juan, you are NOT an *aspiring* writer. You are a writer!!!! You write stories, so you’re a real, bonafied, honest-to-goodness writer. So there! 😀

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