From an old rustic farmhouse in the middle of somewhere to the great capital of horse, Golegã, Portugal (home to Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano), equestrian and novelist Francisco Cordoba weaves suspenseful tales of adventure, passion and romance.
His romantic paranormal series, The Horsemen of Golega, is sweltering hot with humour and real life issues that everyone can relate to. Plus his superb writing puts you right in the scene and at the heart of the emotions. Francisco is an amazing writer because as well as being a great storyteller, he is equally a great wordsmith – a rare combination.
I’m so looking forward to his debut novel – book one of The Horsemen of Golegã out soon. The series starts with the handsome but enigmatic and mysterious Bosanquet. Oh my world, Bosanquet, just remember that name!
So once Francisco agreed to be interviewed, I asked him, since he was a classically trained equestrian, if he could be interviewed geared in his highly polished black riding boots, sexy tight breeches, wearing black leather gloves and riding jacket. He declined since he is a laid back kind of guy – so we went casual.
A self-confessed Houyhnhnm, Francisco is good humoured, nice and empathic, and these admirable qualities reflect in his writing.
Highly accomplished and a master at his craft, I’m so pleased to have him today on my blog.
So I’m excited about the Horsemen of Golegã series which begins with the seriously sexy Bosanquet. But could you tell us a little more?
FC: The Horsemen of Golegã series is my main baby. This is a romantic erotic paranormal mysterious suspenseful thrilling set of stories. Two six-book series are planned with the first due to be published in late 2016. #1 Bosanquet, #2 The Great Gaspar, #3 Loving North, #4 Seeking Home, #5 Keeper’s Wife, and #6 The Lone Horseman. Bosanquet is a 32k word novella. The Great Gaspar is just over 50k and the rest are full length novels. There are also several shorter Horsemen stories which tie into the novels and fill in the cracks. The first two of these are Renegade and Sharing Sarah. They should be out either in late 2016 or early 2017.
When I’m not living great romantic adventures vicariously through the Horsemen, I’m playing with erotic fantasies and silliness in an erotic series of short stories I’m trying on for size.
I completely agree about the Horsemen of Golegã, it’s fabulous and deliciously sexy – the characters, terrain and writing – readers will be blown away. Now I’m thinking full disclosure, Mr C, what else have you written? We fans are curious creatures.
FC: In addition to The Horsemen of Golegã series, I have some humorous/weird erotica short stories.
Currently marinating, I have several first draft standalone somewhat more literary/mainstream novels which are waiting for me to solve the not-enough-hours-in-the-day problem.
I love writing poetry and I’ve had a few published, but they were under a different name and so will remain forever anonymous. I’m just starting my blogging career and I have a few blogs on my website. Periodically, I contribute to the Happy Authors Guild blogsite, too.
I’ve also written a Master`s Thesis on some research I did into the value of Graded Speed Reading for ESL students. Of course, first I had to write the materials for the speed reading course. In actual fact, I`ve done a lot of materials creation for English teaching and I have plans to publish The Horsemen of Golegã in an accessible format for English learners.
Great so much to look forward too. Now W.H. Auden once said ‘A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.’ This is evident from your work so could you tell us a bit more about your poems and how they’ve influenced your writing?
FC: My poetry covers a lot of ground including musings on the human condition, love, sex and humour. I love a raunchy limerick as much as a love sonnet.
I’ve written very few poems actually to people. Quite a few about people close to me who have suffered in some way and/or passed on. Poetry is a catharsis. The rhythm and flow of language provides a framework and a playing field on which I can explore emotions and muse, rage, or celebrate.
I think my love of poetry and my feeling for language rhythm has had a positive effect on my prose. People are naturally drawn to rhythms whether in music, language, or mathematical and natural patterns. I try to write good stories using language patterns/rhythms that unconsciously entice the reader. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I don’t.
With all this talent and work, you must need some nourishing sustenance. Another quote, this time from Virginia Woolf “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” …what is your favourite food?
FC: My favorite food is food that someone else prepares and cleans up after.
However, seeing that that rarely happens, I love roast beef with traditional fixings like roast potatoes, roast onions, yorkshire pudding, carrots, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy, or a good steak with fries and salad. A glass of good wine enhances both, preferably San Valentin Torres white.
I also adore homemade bread. I make it and my wife makes strawberry jam. Combine the two with some fresh butter in between and life is completely worth living.
Delicious. The smell of freshly baked bread fresh, and homemade jam in a warm farmhouse kitchen. With all these talents simmering when did you decide to become a writer?
FC: I’ve written and thought of myself as a wannabe writer since I could think. My mother used to write down my stories for me before I could write for myself. But it’s only in the last few years that I’ve given myself permission to think of myself as a ‘real’ writer. And that’s largely due to my Master’s degree finally ending and my wife telling me to stop being so damn silly.
Thank you Mrs Cordoba, we totally agree with her. Now of the business of writing, if one is so much as vulgar as to mention money and marketing in the presence of a poet – what part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
FC: None. My writing time is my writing time and anything that interferes with that runs the risk of making me exceedingly grumpy. Marketing time is marketing time and right now it takes way too long. I suspect that will always be the case, but hopefully it will reduce somewhat as I become more effective at doing it.
Just before you rush off to demanding Horsemen of Golegã , do you have any advice for writers in the run up to NaNoWriMo.
Well, yeah, okay. Um… Wear clean undies every day, even if you have to turn them inside out…
Not that kind of advice, eh? NaNoWriMo advice? Hmm… Before you start, decide if you want to write or write a story. If you want to just go in for the free-writing experience then dive in, but if you hope to end with something that might one day be publishable, do a little planning before you start. It does make a difference. *Eyes pile of NaNo generated schlock on shelf*
Awesome, and may we have a writing prompt?
FC: Love will set you free, but lock you in a cage.
EXCELLENT, thank you, Francisco, it has been a huge pleasure speaking to you. I’ve had so much fun!
FC: Me too. Thank you.
So folks don’t forget you read a Francisco Cordoba interview on this blog! And please connect with him to keep up with developments because The Horsemen of Golegã series is going to be an awesomely thrilling heck of a ride – It’s everything you can wish for in romance and suspense – it takes you to a different world, and the writing is superb. Simply superb with storytelling at it’s best.
Website and Blog: http://franciscocordoba.com/