Today’s interview is with Dario Aguilar Peregrina, whose love of superheroes and fantasy inspired his love of writing.
LQ: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
DP: I’ve been writing since I was a 6-year-old kid, after seeing movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Day after Tomorrow, a lot of superhero stuff, and Anime like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, SAO, Attack on Titan and more.
My novels are based on my personal experiences and mixing them with my imagination, touching themes that range from mature storylines to family-friendly stories.
For the creation of my books, everything started with me playing with my toys and writing a story called “Mexico” that told imaginative stories about Superheroes, a lot of Mexican toys, and T.V programs.
LQ: What does your writing process look like?
DP: I normally put an outline of the story and create characters that will be appearing in my book. After that, I start filling the spaces of my outline and then see how many words I can write.
LQ: What was your favorite book to write so far?
DP: Hurricanes 2007, my first book without a doubt. Mainly because I realized the story when I was 9 years old and developed it for 11 years until I finally published it last year.
LQ: Who is your favorite character to write about?
DP: It’s between my MC Río Pedroza, a Mexican lesbian navy cadet, and the main villain Katrina Fernández AKA The Hurricane Katrina, due to their stories being so different of each other, showing how is the life here in my country.
LQ: Who are your favorite authors? Have any of them influenced your work?
DP: JK Rowling, Santiago García Clairac, Reki Kawahara, and Hajime Isayama. Of course they have influenced me but mainly it was the adaptations of their creations that grew on me.
Especially Rowling’s Harry Potter since as a kid I saw all the movies and I decided to tell a story but with my own imagination.
LQ: How are you doing during the current pandemic?
DP: Right now, I’m doing home office and of course I’m a little bit worried about the situation here, since it’s only begining. Hopefully everything will be normal on June.
LQ: What are you currently working on?
DP: I’m working in these projects:
LQ: Anything else you would like to share?
I recommend to all writers to tell the story they want to tell and not be afraid of showing it in the world.