Thank you for
visiting this wonderful blog today so you can know a bit more about Little
Nani, her stories, her world, and her author. OK, her author is not as
interesting as Little Nani, but what can we do? They go hand in hand, so please
bear with her.
Why are we here
today? Because Little Nani is suffering a series of changes. “The Funny
Adventures of Little Nani” was published for the first time last September
2012, both in print and in ebook form, on Amazon and Createspace. However,
along the months, I started feeling less enthusiastic about my book, thinking
that the cover was dull and boring, and also thinking that the stories could be
improved, maybe going through some extra editing and proofing. So that’s what I
did, and now I am much happier about the result and I trust that I will start
getting many more sales. Why? Because I will make the books available not only
on Amazon and Createspace, but also on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Feed-A-Read.
There will be
also many different options to buy the books. Do you want to buy the whole set
of stories? You can do it. Do you want to buy just some stories, the ones you
think you would like? You can do it too, since I will publish the stories
individually on Smashwords. So you see, different options to match different
customers, different readers.
Once all this is
settled and the books are republished on all those retailers, I will start to
do the same process with the second book in the Little Nani series, which will
be available next Fall.
Follow the whole
blog tour since I will be announcing all the news in the different blogs!
Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However,
when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little
Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she
will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won't be
successful all the time.
Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny
ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies...
Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!
Little Nani is
willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the
stories and discover what happens next!
Cinta Garcia de
la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since he discovered
she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and
reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively,
even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you,
can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life
she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing
in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author
of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for
children, and “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on Smashwords.
She is a member of Independent Authors International (iAi).
When did you first show an interest in the English
When I was 12 I had my first English lesson. I loved it
so much that I decided I would study English and become an English teacher.
Since then, I got a BA in English Studies, I have lived in London, I have
studied at Oxford University, I write in English, and my love for the language
just grows and grows every day.
What was the first book you read in Spanish?
“The Wizard of Oz”.
What was the first book you read in English?
“Marcel and the Mona Lisa”, by John McRae. It’s a very
short mystery book I had to read for my English class while in High School. A
mouse named Marcel had to investigate who had stolen the Mona Lisa from the
Louvre. It was a fun book and I still have it on my bookshelf.
How much has teaching inspired your
Not much. I get inspired by my daily life, friends, and
other situations, but teaching is not a big inspiration for me.
Did your students encourage you to publish?
I should say yes and let people think that it’s awesome
to be an author and to be encouraged, but the truth is that they really doesn’t
care much about my publishing books. Unluckily, my students are not very fond
of reading, even though I try and try to make them read more.
I’ve noticed you’re an amazing translator. Do you think online translators will ever be
as good as humans?
Thank you, Ben. I love translating. And no, online
translators will never be good because there is no way they can grasp the
context of a certain sentence or the tone of a certain paragraph. They have a
set of words and synonyms they can use, but a translation made by an online
translator will never sound natural or accurate. They need the human factor for
One of my favorite characters in your Little Nani series
is Thunder the Turtle. How did you come
up with him?
Well, I was thinking of a funny character for that
particular story and my dad suddenly asked me if I had fed my turtles. It
happens that my turtles are really fast. Whenever I try to get close, they run
away and it is hard to find them. So I thought that a fast turtle would be
pretty cool in my story.
Environmentalism seems to be a theme as well and
especially with the robot. Do you
consider yourself to be an environmentalist?
Yes, I am very concerned about nature and the
environment. I try to do my best not to destroy nature more than what it really
is, so I recycle as much as I can and buy organic and recycled products.
Protecting nature and animals is really important. They help to keep the
balance and we need them.
You’re also releasing your Little Nani stories
individually in ebook form. Can you tell
us a little more about it?
Sure. Well, I noticed that people are a bit reluctant to
buy books if they are a bit expensive. I guess it’s normal; we all hesitate to
buy a book by an unknown writer if the price is a bit high. However, we authors
need to earn our share, so what can we do? So I thought that maybe by releasing
the stories individually and pricing them cheaper people would start buying
them and, if they liked one story, they would get hooked as to buy the rest of
them. So I guess it is just a marketing strategy. And I will publish them both
on Amazon and Smashwords. At a later stage I will publish bundles of stories,
so people can get a group of stories together at an affordable price too.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
I am not such a good writer or an important one as to
advice others, but if I have to I simply tell other writers to write. Just
that. You want to be an author, just write. Write every day. Write at every
occasion that you can spare a couple of minutes. Write even if you don’t have
anything to say. Write, write, write. That’s the only way we have to become
good writers. Lately, I am also advising people to develop a thick skin,
because not everybody will love our books, so we must be prepared for when the
bad reviews start coming.
Thank you, Ben, for hosting me on your blog. Little Nani
and I love spending time in your company.
Don’t forget to leave a comment, so
you can enter the giveaway for the opportunity to win a signed copy of “The
Funny Adventures of Little Nani”. If you leave comments in several blogs during
the tour, you will get an entry for each comment. So don’t hesitate to comment!
Sometimes I feel powerless Against the rising tide. The moon is beautiful And I get lost in stars Imagining the waves as stairs Instead of death. Climbing scythes But not my destiny. The truth is out there, Scully, But we are sinking Drowning underneath a Wave of Everything.
We get it on most every night
When that moon is big and bright
Sid hummed along to the music. He had every night for the past hundred
years. It was his curse: The same song, the same restaurant, the same
night for all eternity. All for one
thoughtless act he could never take back.
It's a supernatural delight
Everybody'sdancingin the moonlight
She was young and he was drunk. Sid thought she wanted him. He was blinded by desire as he forced himself
on her. She screamed, but no one came
Everybody here isout ofsight
They don't bark and they don't bite
The guilt was overwhelming. Sid woke to see a bloodied creature sobbing
in the corner of his room. He took her
to the hospital, and confessed his sins.
It wasn't enough.
They keep things loose, they keep it
Everybody'sdancingin the moonlight
He met her mother in the same restaurant he had found her
daughter. She stared daggers and he
found the retribution comforting. “I am
not here to ease your guilt,” she said over her plate of cold eggs. “I am leaving, but you aren’t. You will stay here and remember every
detail. The courts can punish you for
life, but I will for eternity.”
Everybody's feeling warm and bright
Sid nursed a martini as she left. He looked around the room and saw an empty
booth. No one sat there, and no one ever
would again. The busboys and servers
passed it without notice. It was their
seat. Or what would have been.
I overheard a conversation At the hair salon. A man told his stylist that Missions to Mars were not far off. He was optimistic for the future On another planet. She was curious Not fully understanding As he went on about the possibilities Of aliens and technology in satellites. How much did she really know, And how much did she feign enthusiasm? Answers, like the sky that day, were overcast.