Interview with Raymond Mendoza, author of Pickle

Inside the Book

Title: Pickles
Author: Raymond Mendoza
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

 The most deadly of enemies are often those we cannot see. The greatest battles are not the ones written on the scrolls of history but plague the battlefields of our hearts. We all encounter grief, pain, and loss. Sadly, many do not survive their struggle. In author Raymond Mendoza’s Pickles, Michael Harvey is lost in a stormy sea of hopelessness. He is trying to find himself again after his wife and their unborn child are killed by a drunk driver. Grief holds him captive as he tries to continue maintaining his art gallery with his father after the devastating loss. However, as Michael begins to realize, there are things that are solely constructed by His hand. As Michael struggles with the unseen battle, signs begin to appear through a newly discovered journal. While it seems like there is no hope for a man who is like a lost ship at sea, the glow from the lighthouse seemingly guides him back to the shores of loving again. And sometimes it comes from unexpected sources, like a dog named Pickles. Pickles is an emotional journey that portrays the power of true love as it is lost and then found once more. No matter how bad things may seem, through God’s power and love, one can be restored.

The Interview

Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

Pickles is a story of a man named Michael Harvey, who has lost the love of his life... He goes through this very difficult time trying to found out how he will live without her, but ultimately he finds a new light within himself, though the help of God and a dog named Pickles.  I wrote my book to be an inspiration to people who have lost someone and to encourage them to be willing to love again.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

One of the biggest challenges is knowing that writing a book is a marathon, not a race. Sometimes you grow impatient, but you have to keep a steady pace... Working when you can, not worrying when you can’t.

Do you plan subsequent books?

Possibly... I have yet to decide.

When and why did you begin writing?

I believe God gave me a passion for writing. He place good inspiring people in my path who gave me the courage to give it a try.

What is your greatest strength as an author?

My ability to never quit. You need that in writing a book.

Did writing this book teach you anything?

Yes. I learned that sometimes you can surprise yourself, if you’re willing to try something new.

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