RJ Mirabal loves the Middle Rio Grande Valley having lived there for most of his life. Los Lunas High School 2006 Teacher of the Year, author RJ Mirabal, went on to win the Excellence in Education Award for NEA-New Mexico in 2007, having taught English, speech, drama and computer literacy. Now happily retired, he purses writing and music while volunteering with a motorcycle club and teachers’ organizations. RJ enjoys exploring New Mexico’s wilderness areas on his four-wheeler and traveling with his wife, Cheryl. The Tower of Il Serrohe is his debut novel.
An interview with author RJ Mirabal
What genre do you like to read?
I have always loved science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, adventure, and non-fiction about cars, motorcycles, history, and religion. I would love to write in all those genres, but I feel most comfortable and “qualified” to write fantasy and magical realism.
Do you ever find yourself feeling the tension or emotions you’re writing?
Yes, especially when I’ve written something I consider funny and/or ironic. The tension of a stressful situation, not so much because I know how it’s going to turn out. The romantic scenes can be very emotional as well as those periods of death and destruction in my stories.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I have always loved music, though I’m not particularly talented as a musician. Still, I have enjoyed learning to play the hammered dulcimer in recent years. It’s an unusual instrument unknown to a lot of people though it has a wonderful sound, both sweet and very percussive at the same time. I spend a lot of time volunteering with my motorcycle club, the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival, and other interests. I derive great pleasure riding my Polaris RZR 4Wheeler up and down wilderness trails. Getting away from civilization, tasks, and the everyday concerns is very relaxing. I become focused on the here and now and forget the rest. My wife and I enjoy everyday activities, traveling, and just hanging out. It’s wonderful to have such a compatible companion in life. Since I retired from teaching, life has been good, and very interesting as I’ve taken on new challenges.
What is one of your pet peeves?
People who whine about every little thing get on my nerves. I have to stop myself when I get on a whining jag. I also don’t have much patience with those who can’t seem to take care of themselves while they’re waiting for the world to solve their problems. Being politically correct is very annoying and becoming more so by the day.
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