Today’s interview is with Diego Jourdan Pereira, author of Bible Power Puzzles.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My full name is Diego Ricardo Jourdan Pereira, and it’s seen many combinations over the years (Diego Jourdan, Diego Pereira, Diego J. Pereira, etc.), but editor Jason Schneider (1975-2019), suggested Diego Jourdan Pereira (three words make the best online searches), and it stuck. I was born in Uruguay, but have been living in Chile, since 1991.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
That would be my BIBLE POWER PUZZLES volume (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/168… ), which also happens to be my first Christian book (not counting the 2016 anthology Revealed: A Storybook bible for Grown-Ups, to which I contributed four woodcut prints).
3) What is the book about?
It’s a mixed bag of 500 large-print puzzles, designed mainly for seniors, but suitable for adult Christians of every age group and denomination.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Author William Sunners (1904-1988) mentioned the Christian market to be the biggest niche market for puzzles in his 1981 How to Make and Sell Original Crosswords and Other Puzzles, and after doing my own little research I confirmed that is still the case.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I made the puzzles, wrote texts and definitions, and designed the whole book (cover to cover!) in a record five months. Editor Jessica Burch’s eye for detail and revisions also played a key part in the final product.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The book itself is a big part of my return to the Christian fold, after losing my faith and walking away for too long a stretch in my life. My faith still amounts to less than a mustard’s seed, but with God’s help I put it to use in something worthwhile.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have an online portfolio (http://diegojourdanpro.mystrikingly.com) and CV (http://diegojourdanprocv.mystrikingly…), and I’ve recently begun to blog a little at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/diegojourda…). This week, in fact, I asked my brother Gonzalo, a skilled animator, to help me with a video or two, which I hope to post on Amazon soon.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Rather than seeking self-expression, try finding ways to service others through your books, and the rest will sort itself out.
On the editorial front, I previously mentioned Jessica Burch, who I really can’t praise enough. Coming from an illustration and graphic design background, I’m my own best cover artist/designer, but I would suggest looking at books from the past for layout and general design clues (I find most modern ones muddled and “artsy” in a bad way).
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
For one reason or another, I’ve left fiction behind and become a non-fiction reader through and through. I’d say History and Biography are my favorite subjects. Always open to discover new, solid nonfic prose, and reviewing it on Amazon when I find the time. That said, my own books are 500-600 page long on average, so I don’t find a lot of spare time these days.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Well, I don’t have a single favorite. Other than the Bible, my non-fiction shelf is topped by Pressfield’s The War of Art, Croc’s Grinding It Out, Mann’s 1491 (and 1493), and Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Atop my fiction list you’ll find Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, Eliade’s Youth Without Youth, and Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Those books made and continue to make the biggest mark in my life.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Live with an indomitable tabby cat named Saura!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Used to own a Kindle and loved it, but sold it as my own writing workload increased and I began to seriously curate the reading material I choose to spend my time with, eventually falling back on cheapo, yellowing second-hand paperbacks.
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