Interview with Jorge Goyanes

I was graciously, and with some struggle on my part, given the opportunity to read a book written by Mr. Goyanes.  Normally, truthfully, I don’t tend to like books written by guys, especially ones I’m not familiar with, because sometimes, to me, guys’ writings either come off feeling forced or awkward, or I have a hard time relating to the characters.  This is not the case with Mr. Goyanes’ book. In addition to granting me a chance to read his work, he was so kind to answer my interview question.  I really appreciate his precise and to the point, no nonsense answers.

Jorge Goyanes

How do you come up with your ideas?

I guess you could say that they’re based on my imagination which is based on my extensive reading habits.

How do you execute them in such a way that they take on lives of their own?

I try to write like I’m having a conversation with my readers.

Do your characters ever take over your stories? If they do, how do you handle that?

I certainly try for them to. The character should drive the story.

How do you decide which ideas you want to go with?

I write the idea down as it comes to me and tweak if needed.

Has there ever been a time in your writing career that you ever wanted to give up and why/why not? What made you overcome your ‘self-doubt’?

I don’t have any doubts.

What was one character that you felt so emotionally attached to that you hated ‘hurting’ and why? How were you able to overcome that (if you were)?

In the second book of the Jose Castillo Mysteries, I am about to do some harm to a favorite character. It has been tough, but a necessary realism to the plot.

You obviously enjoy what you do. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Getting started is the hardest thing to do. Believe in your story.

If you couldn’t write another story (be a writer), what would you do with your life?

Play professional golf.

What kind of rituals do you use to write (ie, a special pen, paper, lighting, drink)?

Comfy recliner with a shot of coffee-flavored tequila.

Do you listen to music while you’re writing, and if so, what kind of music do you listen to?

Sometimes. Light jazz.

Which one of your characters to date do you relate to most and why?

Jose Castillo, the protagonist of Miami Beat. I based him on my knowledge of cars, people, and my cynical view of life.

What made you choose the genre(s) you write?

It’s the genre I read. I read the entire Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald, the entire Spenser series by Robert Parker, and all of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. When I was a teen, I got started in the genre by reading Agatha Christie. What inspires you?ENTERTAINING THE READER

What new things are you working on?

I’m currently writing book two in the Jose Castillo Mysteries series, title yet to be determined.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Buy my book!

About the author: Jorge E. Goyanes is a Florida business owner since 1999 and runs a successful Goodyear independent dealership in Lake Worth, Florida. He has served as president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and is currently on its board of advisors. He is also the chairman of HISpac, a political action coalition, and serves on the local advisory council for Aspira of Palm Beach. Jorge was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1993. He writes a weekly car advice column for The Lake Worth Herald and is a political columnist for, a news, lifestyle and culture digital magazine. His first published novella, Miami Beat, a fictional mystery involving the adventures of PI Jose Castillo, is available on Amazon.

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