Interview with Charles Soto

authorCharles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghost writer of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

 When did you decide to start writing stories?

It’s not that I decided to write stories because I’ve been writing stories ever since my adolescence. It was just something that I liked to do. But, I will say, I started taking my writing seriously after I suffered a horrific accident at work in 2004. It was a miracle that I not only survived a thirty-foot fall, but I recovered to nearly the same physical state I was in before the accident. My mental being took over, and it’s during this recovery time I wrote my first novel. I guess the accident helped remind me what’s important in my life and what makes me feel good. Storytelling has always been an empowerment to me. And since, I’ve had four other books published and have been a traditionally published author.

Why suspense versus the other genres?

That’s a great question, but it’s more about the story, you see. When an idea for a story hits me, I don’t think about genres or if it’s a series. My concentration lies solely with the story. Character development, storyline, and contrast all come from the flow I’m feeling, and my characters take on a life of their own. I have an idea of where I want to take my stories, but it’s not always a straight line. In the end it’s the genres that pick my stories. I think that’s why I’m such a diverse writer. We all have different interests and love many diverse things. I just happen to write stories about them.

Who is your favorite character in Heartache and Sin and why?

I love this story—I truly do. Although Heartache & Sin is a fiction novel, it tackles a lot of issues that many of us grapple with every day. The main issue is should a woman terminate her pregnancy if her pregnancy threatens her own life. I’ve touched on religion and family values, love and strength. But, from a reader’s standpoint, I believe Spider Wheaton is my favorite character. He’s a side character in the book but carries an uplifting message of strength and devotion to his family. He’s more of a rebel than his other two brothers, and his action carries key roles in the story. However, from a writers aspect, Pastor Ryan McDonald is my favorite character to write about. You never know what he’s up to or what he’s going to do next. His evil is like no other, and his manipulations are candid and precise. He keeps the pages turning and is a character you will never forget.

What are your plans for the next writing project?

Thanks for asking. I always have several projects in the making, and they all fall under different genres. The two I’m really hooked on right now are The Social Divide and Funeral for the Wicked. Its been really hard for me to choose. Considering the current political and social events taking place in our nation, I’ve been working on them both. A little at a time perhaps, but I am making progress. The Social Divide covers the ever expanding distance between wealth and poverty—social equality and justice, while Funeral for the Wicked takes on a more sinister approach. A true crime thriller at its core, and once again I find myself pushing the envelope, in both my storytelling, capability and the devotion and stamina it takes to undergo such projects.

 What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?

I find that a difficult question to answer. I enjoy taking interviews and learning what people are reading and, being invited to blogs such as yours. Your questions have been great, and I thank you for hosting me. But, in the aspects of my novel, Heartache & Sin, the real compelling force here lies in the story itself. It contains the most riveting and conflicting issues we face today: abortion, religion, family values and an unconditional love story you will never forget. This story promise to stay with you always.

 Dogs or Cats?

Thank you. I’d love to share. We have dogs and cats, but here’s a picture of myself and our loveable Chihuahua, Jazzmine, who we call Jazzy. jazzy

Thanks again. This has been fun.

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Heartache-and-Sin-KindleHeartache & Sin

By Charles Soto

Genre: Suspense, Drama

When a Midwestern farming town is hit hard by a crop-destroying drought, people are willing to put their faith into anything that might bring them some relief.

Steven Wheaton is burdened by the effects of the drought on his farm, and heartbroken knowing that the chances of starting a family with his wife Karen have been damaged by her recent diabetes diagnosis.

Devastated, Karen turns to the new pastor in town, looking for faith and guidance…but even her relationship with God cannot fill the void in her life. When ulterior motives collide with harrowing miracles, where does the line between good and evil begin?

About the Author


Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.

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