FG: Raul, thank you so much for joining us today.
RS: Thank you for having me.
FG: I’m here with Raúl Sánchez, and I’m dying to ask you what makes you want to write?
RS: The need to express the feeling and everything I see, hear and taste sometimes.
FG: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
RS: I discovered that back in 1972 after the atrocities in Mexico (City) back in 1968. One of the first poems I have - all yellow paper - dates back to 1972. I have a couple from that time. And then nothing else transpired.
FG: And when you say nothing else transpired, do you mean that you couldn’t write for a period of time.
RS: Well, I wasn’t really writing, or dedicated to the writing process. But I picked it up again back in 1994 when I lived in Florida. I started writing little poems for the folks at the Appraisers Office where I worked in Pinellas County. They published them in their newsletters. Also when I worked for Panasonic I used to write little congratulatory poems for some of the people there. They liked it.
FG: So, you got back into writing as a hobby, or did you feel at that time back in Pinellas County that you had something particular you wanted to say, something that needed to get out on paper?
RS: Yes, absolutely, I needed to write about the way I was feeling and where my life was going at the time. The feelings I had about my divorce and the separation from my three boys. It was a spiritual need that I needed to put down on paper.
FG: What for you has been the most difficult thing you have written about?
RS: Probably very deep personal stuff like the passing of my father and one of my sons and memories that are completely indelible that I need to extract, to squeeze out, sometimes I have to stop because it becomes too much, a little too strong. Later on I’ll pick them up and will continue to complete them, make them sound like a poem with more rhythm, more feeling and cut out the nonsense.