It's not every day you get to meet a super-fascinating character who is multi-talented and who commits plenty of time to helping other authors get noticed / improve their craft... But enough about me - I'm here today (virtually) with the Scribblesworth himself: Julio Carlos!?
He describes himself as 'an eccentric poet that crafts powerful verses thoughtfully and precisely, creating works that force you to feel, reflect upon yourself & think (Griever Collection) and allow you to heal (Lifter). He is a very experienced writer with 16+ published books with poetry for all tastes, touching themes such as love (Wasted Hearts), loss, depression, rebirth, devotion, passion (The Sinful Collection), humanity and society with a hefty dose of humour, sarcasm and political-incorrectness...'
I've had the pleasure of having Julio review both the novel and comic version of Complete Darkness which he seemed to like (Book Review, Comic Review), have contributed to his excellent e-magazine a few times and now had the chance to read his collected works!
Reading Julio's stuff is a real trip through a landscape of emotions. His books of poetry take you on journeys of both the heart and mind. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future there are massive banners of Julio's words splashed across cityscapes and people are wearing T-shirts with his poetry on them. If you want some poetic stimulation then I'd advise that you dive in and enjoy the many and various forms of Julio's musings.
Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:
(5 - Poetic vibes that will resonate with your soul!!)
I had the joy of putting some questions to the man and here are his answers!!
Matt: Who or what would is your nemesis?
Julio: Hey Hey Matt! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this interview! Really appreciate it.
Well, I don't have Nemesis that are people or things per se, but I do have my mind, hahaha. The voice inside my head is, at times, VERY negative, and although I do the best I can and actually talk to it,
(sometimes we have strong arguments), I know I still have a long way to go in that aspect. But just like most of my future books, I'm a work in progress.
But I understand that these are just the reflections of my traumatic past experiences while growing up. So, I'll work it out, day by day.
Matt: What is the most life-affirming thing you’ve ever read or watched in a book/film of any genre?
Julio: "Always be in the Fuck-you position". That's the most life-affirming, and one of the most powerful lessons I learned. It's from a movie, I think "The Gambler", about a guy who gambles and get's himself into a HUGE debt. Things would be ok, if the Chinese, Russian and American
mafia weren't involved.
One of his friends (that I think is also a Gang/Mafia Boss) says this to him, and I was like: "OMFG! THIS". Never forgot that, and it's really helpful.
Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?
Julio: Assuming that I wouldn't be like: WOHOOOO!! London!!!! YEIHHH!!, the parade would be probably about planting trees. Yes. I am a HUGE climate Advocate, since a kid, so every chance to call people upon climate change would be welcome and given that parades call the attention of people, and it would be massive, I think it would help move the needle in that direction.
Matt: You are granted a supernatural power to bless the world, what does that look like for you?
Julio: OH, I would be Ueki!!!! HAHAHHAHAH. So Ueki is the main character of "The Law of Ueki", which is an anime from the 90's and so about a guy that can turn trash into trees through SHEER F*&KING WILL (pun intended), and I think that this power would be sooooooo awesome, because I will make a forest one day, and I love plants and hate non-degradable plastics.*grins*
Matt: Who or what inspires you most (can be living or dead)?
Julio: Pain. I think pain actually is my best propeller to do things. I write on pain, and I achieve most things out of sheer spite and anger. It might like seem cabal, but it's true. Like, people nowadays don't
know how to tolerate each other, and are too selfish to even love, at least, this is what I've been seeing for almost two decades now. So, if I can't be moved out of love, then, I'm moved by the second strongest feeling I have. Pain.
Matt: There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?
Julio: My third ex-girlfriend. HAHAHHAHAHHAHA. I think she holds a grudge on me for breaking up with her. She liked me a lot, but the relationship was toxic, so I decided to cut myself off. She is cool though. But if there was one person, the most probable would be her. Plus, she is a Cancer, and that sign holds grudges. HAHAHHAHAHHAHA.
Matt: What is the meaning of life?
Julio: Whatever we give to it. Life in itself is random, and it exists because, well, it exists, and its sole purpose is to perpetuate itself.
When it comes to humans, you, me and our (sometimes unnecessary) complexities, life takes the meaning we paint it. If you would ask me, then, what is, for me, the most appropriate meaning for life, then I would say: To serve others and enjoy Life, and nature. To enjoy our time in here, by helping out others, and "tending" nature. Keeping the balance of things, and you know... have fun! There is no reason for most of what we now do, and most ideologies are stupid and dangerous. To try to be supreme above others no matter what is a waste of time, and it's rooted in fear, and fear is always rooted in ignorance and weakness. Only the ones that serve others know real strength and happiness.
Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?
Julio: Besides undivided attention... I would say that the best gifts, I got were 1) A paper with Fernando Pessoa's poems, by the same Ex-girlfriend that is holding me at gunpoint; 2) Birthday-sex, from The
Little Goddess, muse of my erotic poetry collection
Matt: If you could create a sidekick robot – what would it be able to do for you?
Julio: It would be able to transcribe my writings on paper to the laptop, edit my typos hahahhahhahhahaha, and generally help me with my scientific research that I do from time to time. It would also be able to play the guitar or the drums, I need a drummer real bad, hahahahha.
Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?
Julio: "I'll be back" would be a tempting offer, hahahahahahahahahha, but to be more realistic, (and not to cause giggles on other people's funerals), something like "I lay here without regrets" would be perfect. "To die without regrets" is the main motto of my life, and the main goal. To die without regrets, especially the regret of not trying, and not doing my best on each attempt.
Matt: Any final words you like to add...
Julio: I would like to say THANKS, Matt, for being so awesome and inviting me to your blog on my first interview EVER! Yeih, I'm famous.
To readers of this short interview, I will say, that you can actually get my work, lots of them for free on my Author page , BMAC, and my Blog (Juliocarlosworks.wordpress.com ) and lastly,
if you haven't read Matt's Book, Complete Darkness, correct that ASAP, you are missing out
on a LOT of great stuff in there.
Thank you so much for having me Matt! See you on Twitter!