FEATURED ARTIST: Isidro Fox

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Tell me a little about yourself…

I’m Isidro Fox, Taurus, currently working as an EMT-B in Orange, California. I’m hoping to move up to a Medic soon, possibly nursing, though I know where ever I go, I still want to be creating things.

How long have you been writing?

If I wanted to be a smart ass about it, I’d say since I was first taught in Elementary, but when I actually pursue it as a passion, beyond letters and horribly written short middle school stories? I’d say 2006.

How’d you get your start, or get discovered?

I haven’t. Really been discovered, I mean. What’s been put out in print is only out there because I made it happen – basically self-publishing.

What prompts or inspires you to write?

Life. Tragedy. I’m always writing, even when it’s not particularly good, about the daily dramas in my life as well as moments in time that really stood out to me. Stuff I didn’t want to let die, and wanted to make last forever, even if it was only in a crumbled up piece of paper no one would ever read.

Any advice or solution for writer’s block?

Just write. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made is always expecting inspiration to just hit me, as though writer’s block was simply something one would eventually sleep off, or be healed from. You’re honestly never going to “feel” like writing, nor are you always going to know where your story is going to go, so it’s best just to get it out there and see where it takes you later – either as you get to the block or as you’re reading things over.

Where can we check out and buy your work?

You can take a sneak peak at my works here:
issuu.com/rev5/docs
And though these are really more of a collection of poetry and prose with no real over-arching theme, you can also make a purchase here:
www.etsy.com/shop/foxalive
Though if you prefer snail mail, it’d be better just to contact me directly by email or my Tumblr (skepticamongthefaithful.tumblr.com)

What do you think sets you apart from other writers?

I honestly haven’t a clue. I’m less known and am a master of missing opportunities to build on my readership?

What do you get out of being a writer? How has it improved your life or been a benefit to you and/or others?

I think I might answer this question better if I ever actually get more recognition for my writing, but so far the biggest thing I get out of writing is that it helps me make sense of life, and on an extremely personal level, it’s been the only form of therapy I’ve been able to afford.

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What’s the weirdest or most astonishing and controversial work that you have ever written and how so or why?

I’m a bit embarrassed to say, because like all my “Great Masterpieces,” it’s still far from being finished, but I’d have to say it’s this story about an extremely abusive relationship where the victim sees themselves as deserving of the abuse. I’m not looking forward to the responses I’ll be getting from people who don’t know the dynamics of being in a toxic relationship like that, but I think it’s an important story to tell.

What do others seem to love about your writing, as far as feedback you have gotten?

Raw honesty. And something about my ability to turn even the darkest of nights into poetry?

What is your advice to fellow writers if any, to encourage them to begin or to keep doing what they do?

Every writer, even those you idolize, think their writing is shit.

How would you describe your writing style?

A song in book form.

Do you have any future plans for your writing?

I want to destroy every romanticized/unrealistic notion that ever made me hate myself as a child.

What do you want others to take away from your writing, if anything?

I want readers to walk away from my writing in a daze, momentarily seeing the world through my eyes.

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