Fernando García Ballesteros. Interview

Fernando García Ballesteros grants us this interview

Photography: author's Facebook profile

Fernando García Ballesteros was born in Barcelona in 1970. He graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and graduated in English Studies from UNED. He has worked in the health field and in teaching and is now a professor of Health and Care Procedures. He writes about everything black gender, but he has also touched the Juvenile with a mystery novel, The kindness of strangers (2012). For adults it has other titles such as The Lyceum crime, Death in the labyrinth y The city and forgiveness. He has now presented The cruelest light. In this interview He tells us about her and many other matters. I thank her for her kindness and time.

Fernando García Ballesteros — Interview

  • ACTUALIDAD LITERATURA: Your latest novel is titled The cruelest light. What do you tell us in it and why will it be interesting? 

FERNANDO GARCÍA BALLESTEROS: The cruelest light eit's one crime novel with the historical background of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century. The story revolves around the appearance in the port of Barcelona of a series of dead bodies of men who have been subjected to abuse. They've all been shot postmortem. The protagonist is the photographer Clara Prats. To her amazement, everyone knows her, since she works on police records and begins to suspect that there is a connection between the deaths and that Clara had previously photographed them. In reality, the plot revolves around How far can human beings go when they believe evil and moral corruption go unpunished? 

I am sure that readers will like it for its complex and ambiguous characters and the concern that a story full of dark details can awaken in them. Despite this, there is also room for fraternity and hope.   

  • AL: Can you remember any of your first readings? And the first thing you wrote?

FGB: I suppose that, like almost all people of my generation, my first readings were those of Enid blyton. He loved his snacks and his secret clubs. 

The first story I wrote revolved around a boy from the suburbs who starts working as a gardener in the house of a foreign couple who seems afraid of something or someone.  

Writers and customs

  • AL: A leading author? You can choose more than one and from all periods.

FGB: I like it a lot John Banville, both when he writes under his name and when he writes under his name Benjamin Black. And as for Spanish authors, my favorites are Almudena Grandes and Benito Pérez Galdós.

  • AL: What character would you have liked to meet and create? 

FGB: I would have liked to create Jay Gatsby and Tom ripley.

  • AL: Any special habits or habits when it comes to writing or reading? 

FGB: The only thing I have when it comes to writing is that I prefer to do it on a laptop with a large screen. 

  • AL: And your preferred place and time to do it? 

FGB: My favorite place to write is kitchen table in my house. From there I see all of Tibidabo and the Collcerola mountain range, a mountain range that surrounds Barcelona to the north. I like the contrast between your mind creating an imaginary world and the domestic rumors of something simmering and the radio at a low volume in the background.

  • AL: What other genres do you like? 

FGB: I write crime fiction, but I am from quite eclectic tastes, the truth. I am not guided by genres, but rather by authors.

Current outlook

  • AL: What are you reading now? And writing?

FGB: I'm reading Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell. Read El married portrait by the same author and I loved it, and when I like someone's work I tend to read everything I can by that author. 

  • AL: How do you think the publishing scene is?

FGB: I think the publishing landscape has shown great resistance to visual platforms and social networks. I guess there will always be room to read stories. On the other hand, since there are so many editorial news every week, it is difficult to reach readers. I think the process should be better self-regulated. For example, I, who am a regular reader, find it difficult to keep up to date with all the news.

  • AL: How do you feel about the current moment we live in? 

FGB: We are in a very interesting moment with the advent of the Artificial Intelligence. It is as if we were at the beginning of the last century with the appearance of the telephone or the radio. Living the beginnings of something that will change our lives and become part of our daily lives is fascinating. The difficulty of knowing what is real from what is created by AI will mean a big challenge but at the same time a great opportunity.


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