Leonardo speaks!

Leonardo Ramirez, writer and creator of ‘Haven’ is next up on the rostrum!

Look out for his novel ‘The Jupiter Chronicles’, especially if you are a fan of steampunk!

Introduce yourself!

I’ve been writing prose for over 20 years but I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid and have loved them ever since.  The most fun I have is when I’m meeting people at cons and appearances. It’s also quite the learning experience.

What made you want to work in the comics industry?

I’ve loved comics all of my life but never thought in a million years that I could ever be involved. In fact, when I was a kid, my stepmom threw away all of my comics when I went to visit. I even started out writing prose but lo and behold, my first published book ever is a graphic novel. I love it.

Tell us a bit about your book?

Haven is a continuation of the Dante Alighieri history (which is outlined all through the book) where, in present day, the mantle of the one who will stand against the nine circles of hell falls to Haven Irena Dante. And when the “Aristocracy” tries to kill her, she is forced to make a choice at the point of death: to return and save her alienated father or stay in paradise. She chooses the former and when she returns, she is different. I’ll also be releasing a prose version of the book some time in the spring which goes into where she was for the missing two years of her life.

Who/What influences your work?

Life experiences and the hardships we endure. My wife was attacked at gunpoint and survived. Haven suffers a violation and has to suffer the emotional consequences of that tragedy. Adversely, I don’t like to focus on that and the story be all doom and gloom. It’s about persevering and eventually conquering those things that we don’t want to face.

What are your favourite comics/graphic novels?

I lean towards the silver age DC stuff. I was also very much into the Dark Horse “Tales of the Jedi” series which I enjoyed very much.

What advice would you give someone who wants to break in to the industry?

Finish your story first. Then be prepared to work hard. And when you get your first book out know that it’s not the end of your struggle. It’s only the beginning.

Links to your website/works