For me, the hardest part about writing this book was establishing the voice and the tone in a way that expressed what I was feeling. The idea of writing a book that’s so touching is an effort that takes years to complete. I’ve also stretched my imagination to the limits to make sure the fantasy world I envisioned was well portrayed in the book.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
The story revolves around a ten year old boy who has lost everything and now can’t even walk. He is taken to a fantasy world where he becomes a capable warrior, but also comes back to Earth from time to time. Although he has closed his heart, he still harbors some love that he starts feeling for his new friends. Ultimately it is a lesson of self-discovery and how to reclaim your innocence after it has been lost, through love.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was always fascinated with the way fantasy revolves around us. I was listening to symphonic metal band Nightwish when I made a connection of my favorite songs and came up with a basic plot that slowly started to build up into what the book is today. I used my own personal feelings to give shape to the characters and eventually set up a world where he can have both suffering and love and how to build a bridge between them too.
Name your top five favorite books.
I can’t pick just five, but I’d say “Peter Pan” is one of them and it is reflected through this book. I also have a fondness for fairytales!
Do you write every day? Once a week? What is your writing schedule?
I try to write every day, little by little, to build up new fiction works. I don’t think I have a schedule because most of my inspiration just rushes to me at unexpected time but I can say that I try to write as much as I can while trying to keep my voice and quality intact.
What are you working on now?
I’m working in two manuscripts, one is called “Rhapsody of Light” and the other is a Spanish-language one called “Kaleidoscopio”. They’re both different from this book but I try to be very versatile with my works.
Title: The Imaginarium of the Innocent
Author: H.A. Betancourt
While young Wendy and her brothers were taken to Neverland by Peter Pan, Alice fell through a rabbit hole and the Pevensie siblings crossed over to Narnia, another boy was taken to another fantastic place: his own heart.
Great losses crumble the worlds of even the steadiest individuals. In The Imaginarium of the Innocent, ten-year-old Tobias Young’s sense of home is torn from him in one night of wartime devastation in Belgium. Instead of security, love and peace, Toby now faces deep despair and cold numbness. In the aftermath of the destruction of his soul, he is crippled and orphaned in London.Not only does Toby struggle to accept his handicap, he battles the will to be happy. With the help of a magical soaring eagle, Eoloswing, Toby enters the endangered Imaginarium as the Nightingale—a young man destined to save his newfound friends from the evil of the Hopeslayer. As Toby searches for answers and happiness—with his new roommate and his sister—in both the orphanage and the gorgeous and captivating floating island of dreams, he must learn to address his own heart and remember to retain his own Spark of Elan.
H.A Betancourt is a Miami-based author. He started writing when he was 13 years old, eventually starting to write his own stories at the age of sixteen. He has a passion for storytelling and studied film production, screenwriting and creative writing. “The Imaginarium of the Innocent” marks his first big release in English language. Born and raised in México, he is proud of his heritage but has a dream to see more of the world.