Broken Pieces

Erick Galindo on Family, Boredom & Writing by @ErickGEEE #AmReading #AmWriting

Tell us a bit about your family.
I come from a large Mexican-American family. Both my parents were born in Mexico and came to the US to escape some of the oppression in that country at the time. They are both now naturalized citizens and I remember how proud they each were when they came back from their respective swearing in ceremonies. I’m the second born of five and the first born in the US. We have some Irish and European ancestry so two of my brothers, various cousins and I have red hair and freckles. It was unique growing up in the 90s looking white and being Latino.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
Sometimes the self-doubt grips me and I might take a moment to indulge. But most of the time, I try and use it to my advantage and turn it into the fuel that drives me to improve.
What scares you the most?
What makes you happiest?
Driving with no particular place to go.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Generosity? My parents taught me through example to help others when you can.
What’s your weakest character trait?
I’m kind of an asshole sometimes.
Why do you write?
I write because It feels good. It feels right. And I write because there are moments in life that I can’t fucking bare to let go. So I try and recreate, understand or even improve them.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Well it started with a love for reading at a very young age which along with writing quickly became a way for me to escape into other worlds and explore my imagination.
What motivates you to write?
MomentsIt can be anything really. Something as small as seeing a pretty girl through the bottom of an empty whiskey glass to the death of a loved one. There’s just something about the moment that makes me want to recreate it and break it down from my perspective.
What writing are you most proud of?
I’m proud of So Go On and Live because it is my first novel. And I think I nailed what I was going for.

A winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, So Go On and Live poignantly and bitingly captures the angst and restlessness of modern American youth. Pedro “Pete” Salcedo, a young but worn down journalist, is on a figurative and metaphorical journey through the absurdity of life, America and beautiful women. 

After accepting a prestigious job in Washington, D.C. and subsequently losing the love of his life, Pedro loses himself, first to his work, then to the road and eventually to the apathy, alcohol and cynicism that permeates through youth culture. Pedro struggles, like many of his generation, to get his life in order and hang on to love, sanity and pathos in this modern world, where women, relationships and sexuality are constantly evolving. 

So Go On and Live is a wild and emotional expedition into the existential and farcical perspective of a drunken, Mexican-Irish, would-be poet offering a new breed of optimism that comes with a nihilistic twist.
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Genre - Literary Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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