Adrian Encomienda, whose short story ‘Silvestre Paradox’ is published in the second issue of Lucent Dreaming, was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995. His work is inspired by writers such as Franz Kafka and John Bunyan. He began writing for a local Arizona newspaper in 2015. In 2017, his first short story, “Cicatrin…Quien Te Trajo Aqui…Cicatrin”, was published by Dark Gothic Resurrected. He is currently working on his first full-length novel.
What inspired your piece, ‘Silvestre Paradox’ and how did it find its way to Lucent Dreaming?
This story was inspired by many different bits and pieces of surreal dreams I’ve had in the past. What I attempted to do with this piece was create this world where the reader was unable to distinguish the real from the unreal. I wanted the character, ‘Silvestre’, to seem sane — to seem perfectly normal (albeit a few flaws), but have warped, surreal things happen to him. My goal was to have readers wonder whether these things were real or imagined. The story found its way to Lucent Dreaming very naturally; I was searching for somewhere surreal to house this creation of mine.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing has always been my love and passion. I think literature is one of the most fascinating arts on this planet. Just the idea of creating this entire world from words is brilliant.
What writing/creative projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the editing stage to my first novel which I’ve been working on since 2014. I admittedly crammed to many ideas into the initial draft and had to rework the entire thing to create a more cohesive story. I am also in the editing stage of my other short story which is a little bit more futuristic. Think Black Mirror meets Radiohead’s Ok Computer.
What are you most excited about right now and for the future?
I am most excited about finally finishing the novel that I’ve worked on for many years. Once all the tedious steps of editing are finished, it moves on to the bigger stages. That is both exciting and nerve wracking. I’ve had many doubts about the whole thing and even considered scrapping it entirely. But, I’ve decided that with a little more work it could become what I envisioned it to be.
How and where do you find inspiration to write?
My inspiration comes from many places. God is always a big part of what I do and I sometimes take inspiration from spiritual afflictions or milestones in my life. I am also heavily inspired by authors such as John Milton, John Bunyan, Franz Kafka, and even Frances Hodgson Burnett. My grandparents are from Spain, so a lot of stories I tell are variations of stories they passed on to me. Also, a lot of what inspires me comes from music, film, and real life events.
What advice would you give those who want to do what you do?
WRITE! Always write — even on days when you don’t necessarily feel ‘creative’. The more you write, the better you become at it. Also, don’t be discouraged by rejection or criticism. Also, write what you would like to read. If you create something just because you think it has appeal to readers, then it will become tiring after some time.
Where can people see more of you and your work?
You can visit my WordPress page. I post a lot of non-fiction there such as articles, poetry, personal blog entries. You can also read some of my work at the links I’ve provided below.
Epiphany and the Alabaster Rose:
Firth of David:
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