Author Spotlight: Aurelio Rico Lopez III

When I first thought about starting up my Author Spotlights again, I made a simple statement on Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in it. I was totally blown away by the response! Aurelio was one of those authors who jumped at the chance. I’m honored and glad that he did. I haven’t had a chance to read any of Aurelio’s books yet but they are my TBR pile that seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

Aurelio is a true HERO in today’s age of a World Pandemic and Covid 19. He is a doctor in a hospital, in his home of Iloilo, Philippines. It still amazes me that he still finds time to write! Birthing babies and horror stories! What can’t this man do??? Aurelio has many books and collections and anthologies to pick from. Be sure to check out his author page on AMAZON and his Facebook page. Links to BOTH are below.

Aurelio at work

https://www.facebook.com/aurelio.r.lopez

https://www.amazon.com/Aurelio-Rico-Lopez-III/e/B00JPFRHW0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1600676864&sr=8-1

The world has problems. Huge ones. Kaiju have destroyed the UN headquarters and have laid waste onto various cities.

The human race is flailing to survive, and the only thing standing between the kaiju and humanity’s extinction is the military might of The Academy.

As a free bonus, this novelette includes two short zombie tales from the author – “On Earth As It Is” and “Place Your Bets”!

Rated Ex (Explicit) – Contains graphic violence, strong language, war imagery, and other intense themes that may be too extreme for some readers. Reader discretion is therefore advised.

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Raising Hell is a dark, humorous tale of a man who wakes up on a rickety boat, captained by a monster from Hell. Throw in a demon with a peculiar affliction, a feisty demon mother, a case of mistaken identity, and a mission against impossible odds, and you’ve got yourself a rollercoaster ride bound for Hell.

Better strap in.

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The world is not what it seems. Deadly creatures masquerade as humans living among us.
Erik Barrientos is a mangkukulam, a human tasked to maintain the balance between those who are human and those who aren’t. All is well until the body of a young woman is discovered in a city dumpster. As if that isn’t bad enough, the woman wasn’t human.
Suddenly, Erik finds himself caught in the middle of a power struggle among depraved beings, including a vile and powerful creature—one he has never had to face before.

profession and forced to face the harsh reality that sometimes… you can’t bury the past.

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I simply LOVE the cover to this book!!!!

Aurelio took time out of his ever busy schedule to answer a few questions for me! THANK YOU!!

1 Did you grow up wanting to be a writer?

I enjoyed writing at an early age. I’m not sure you’d consider that wanting to be a writer, but I certainly had fun doing it. When I was twelve, I used to write stories in a notebook. Then I’d ask a classmate to illustrate the stories.

2 How old were you when you decided to write?

I think the moment when I really decided to write was when Crowded Quarantine Press accepted my zombie novella Food for the Crows for publication. I must have been 20, maybe a little older. By then, I had written a fair number of short stories and poems, some of which found their way to anthologies and various online and print publications.

3 Who are some of your influences?

Off the top of my head, I enjoy reading Brian Keene, Joe Lansdale, F Paul Wilson, and Jeff Strand. My biggest influence has to be Dean Koontz though. I read The Vision when I was in fifth grade, and I’ve been hooked to the horror genre ever since.

4 How many books do you currently have available?

I must have over 20 novellas and poetry collections in circulation right now. Most of them are available on Book Depository and Amazon.

5 I know you have a day job. How do you find the time to write?

I’m a physician by profession, so that takes up a large chunk of my time. However, I truly believe that if you’re passionate about something, you’ll find time for it. When it comes to writing, sometimes, I might get to sneak in an hour’s worth of writing a day. If I’m lucky, I’ll have a few hours.

6 With your books, where should a new fan start reading?

Raising Hell (Stitched Smile Publishing ). A lot of readers seem to like that one, and I had so much fun writing it.

7 If you could change anything in your books, would you? What would you change?

I’m lucky because I’m pretty happy with the way most of my books have turned out. Unfortunately, even with well-trained eyes, an editor can miss a typo or two, but I guess that part can’t be helped.

8 Do you have a favorite POV to write from?

Third or first person point of view, definitely. I once wrote a story entitled Flee for an anthology called Book of Shadows, Volume One (Brimstone Press). My piece was written in second person point of view, and while the editor enjoyed it, a few readers didn’t because of the POV.

9 Do you have a favorite time of day / spot to write?

I’ll take whatever time I’ve got, too be honest. I’m not picky. Mostly, though, I do my writing late at night on the couch while my wife is asleep. Other times, I’ll write in a cafe where the coffee is good and strong.

10 How do you think the Classics inspire today’s authors?

I think the classics continue to inspire literature today. I know books such as Matheson’s I Am Legend (a classic, depending on how old you are) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde drove me to improve myself as a writer. When I was growing up, my mother taught classic literature, so I became familiar with Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain at an early age. Though Frost and Twain may not have contributed to my wanting to become a horror writer, they certainly made me fall in love with English language.

11 If you could meet any author (past or present), who would you like to meet?

Just one?

I’d really like to meet Dean Koontz or Stephen King.

12 What would be the title of your Autobiography and who would play you in a movie?

I don’t think I’d ever write an autobiography. My life just isn’t that exciting. BUT, if I did write one, I’d call it Touch my Doughnut and I’ll Cut You. At least the title’s catchy. Jack Black can play me in the movie and in the Netflix series spin-off.

13 Do you think that there is any topic that is or should be off limits to write about?

I don’t think any topic is off limits when it comes to literature. There’s always a sub-genre or niche for something, no matter how bizarre. Even horrible writing gets published sometimes.

14 What is your all-time favorite book and author?

The answer to that changes constantly.

15 Do you FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM ?

I’m on Facebook a lot. I used to have a Twitter and IG account, but I realized I was spending more time on social media than writing.

https://www.facebook.com/aurelio.r.lopez

16 What advice would you give to future authors?

Write the book you want to write, but have the humility to accept constructive criticism. Read, and read some more. Read outside your genre. Pick up books from authors you haven’t read before. There are some gems out there, believe me. Most importantly, have fun.

Here you go Dear Readers, a new author to read!! Buy em, Read em, Review em !!

Thank you again Aurelio for letting me spot light you and your books.

Happy Reading

TMB

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