Author Revealed

About Ivan Sanchez

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. PC Support Specialist, Help Desk Manager, I am presently a Director of Information Technology.

Q. Favorite job

A. None - I work for a paycheck. I hope to be able to write fulltime and make that my favorite job one day.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I have a Good Enough Diploma (G.E.D) and I graduated from the University of Phoenix Online with a BS in Management.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I love 80's R&B - Keith Sweat, Jodeci, etc.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Carlito's Way hands down it reminds me so much of my life in the hood. walking that fine line between the streets and getting out.

Q. Favorite television show

A. As of right now The Office.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. A box of chocolates, some good, some horrible.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Some choose to dream hard, others wake up and work hard to make their dreams come true.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I don’t believe there is such a thing as perfect happiness. If you are truly a compassionate person you will always feel sadness in your heart for those less fortunate, those who suffer on a daily basis and those who are close to you who haven’t found their way in life or seen their dreams manifest themselves. However, I try my best to stay humble and live life in a way that ensures I don’t inflict pain on those I come into contact with on a daily basis. Living righteous brings me moments of happiness.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Dying alone and unaccomplished.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Sitting in a cabin overlooking the snow covered mountains of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs surrounded by my closest.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King. Both men had true passion for human rights at their most rudimentary level.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. First my mother for being strong enough to raise three kids in the Bronx alone… Next, President Obama for bringing an entire nation and world together. He does indeed represent change.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I use the word phenomenal a lot. But it’s mostly because I haven’t found an equally powerful and express word to state the obvious when I think something is simply phenomenal.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Hurting my daughters Heaven and Starr during the separation of their mother and me.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I’d love to be able to sing like Luther Vandross.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising two very humble and beautiful daughters who are college bound. They represent everything about breaking the cycle of poverty and despair I was raised in.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. That I’m human and that I still walk with a daily struggle to stay away from the street life. The mentality is so deeply rooted in who I am that sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m no longer that street hood.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. That my heart allows me to be equally compassionate about a perfect stranger and a best friend. The downside is that people often mistake kindness for weakness.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I’d continue to just be myself. I’ve fought long and hard to get where I am today, to become the man that I am today and I see no reason to abandon myself now.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Most likely my height, I’m a tiny little man at 5 feet 5, 5 feet 6 inches on a good day.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. No time for fiction… I only believe in realism… Pedro Albizu Campos!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Again, no time for fiction… Real villains include the Bush Administration and the oil companies who destroyed this country for years to come.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I’d plead with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to protect themselves better. This country lost some of the greatest civil rights leaders in the history of this country when we lost them. And 40 years later they still haven’t been replaced.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Stupid people who think they are intelligent.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Mentoring the youth.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. To be able to write full-time and work with the youth in the process. The written word is a powerful thing that can awaken minds and change the course of lives at the same time.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. My heart, my compassion, my loyalty…

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Hamburgers.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Just one… A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. My friends... Jeff Rivera, Kim Osorio, Linda Nieves-Powell and Daniel Serrano.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Any graffiti books, photography books like Born in the Bronx, Back in the Days and A Time Before Crack by Joe Conzo and Jamel Shabazz.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Don’t do this for the money or the fame… Do it for the love of your words and the way those words can move your readers.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That my books read like the reader is watching a movie. I guess I have a gift for bringing the words to life on the pages, which I'm proud of.