Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Rebirth of Kool

Today's author interview taps into another love of my -- the art of filmmaking.  Otto Vazquez in not only a filmmaker, but also an author and he recently published his novel, "The Rebirth of Kool," based on the short film he produced and that played at Cannes. I really think you will enjoy this book and meeting the author. There is something special about the book as it takes us back to another era in time as a spicy historical novel. Take a look and enjoy. I have also included his Youtube video that explains the upcoming film project after the Vazquez's interview. You don't want to miss it. Lights! Camera! Action!

The Rebirth of Kool Kindle Edition

by O. Vazquez  (Author) 

A Pachuco named Kool gave up a life of bootlegging to open a Jazz nightclub in East Los Angeles. But his dream was short-lived. An event dubbed “The Zoot Suit Riots” would change his world forever.

Product details

·       Paperback: 255 pages
·       Publisher: Independently published (July 4, 2020)
·       Language: English
·       ISBN-13: 979-8663504584
·       ASIN: B08C96QVMD


This book is one of the best books I ever read!!!! The characters in the book are well developed and the story is full of historical truth !!!!! The Author Otto does an incredible job writing this story and grabs the reader with his poet style !!!!!!

An insightful look into a forgotten era and piece of history. Amazing book and great, up and coming author!
This is a fantastic book and author!! It’s a must-read!

Such an amazing story so fitting for things happening right now in our lifetime. If you are looking for a book full of diversity, challenges, and finding a second chance at a better life despite circumstance... pick up and read today!

O. Vazquez  (Author)


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in sunny, hot, and muggy, Miami. I am a Latino mutt in many ways. My mother was from Cuba, my dad from Puerto Rico, but his roots were from Central and South America. I was born and raised in what many consider a shadow of Cuba and thus was closer to this culture growing up. Later, I traveled to Mexico many times throughout my entertainment career. I truly fell in love with that land, and it’s people. So I decided to write a saga that sprung from that culture. I also felt I needed to tell my story as a first-generation American growing up in a Latino family adjusting to the customs and trials of a new land. It’s the universal story of the immigrant.

What inspired you to author this book?

“Racism” inspired me to write my novel. “Second chances” inspired me to write it. Then it must be mentioned that I have an insatiable need to unveil coveted events in history that have lessons I feel we all need to observe. That’s my “thing.”

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The cover is an actual photo of me on the set of a film, playing the main character “Kool” in a short we named after the opening chapter of the novel “Enter the Zoot Suit Riot.” The film was featured in the “Cannes Short Film Corner” in 2018.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My first personal inspirations were my mother, Damarys and my uncle David. My mom was my main motivator. While my uncle delved into creative writing, he wrote many short stories and published books on religion. They truly inspired me to develop my passion for writing.
As a writer, I have been moved by the works of numerous masters, too many to list here. But I hold a special place in my heart for Kerouac, King, Tolkien, Poe, and Lovecraft. There’s so many more I could mention, but those writers opened my mind.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

While I developed and wrote my book and it’s coinciding scripts, my mother lost her fight against cancer in October of 2018. This event hit me very hard. The grief knocked me off my creative horse; I will not lie. It took months to get back into it. But when I did, I used the book as a way to distract me from my pain, even express it at times. So my book became my therapist in many ways.

Tell your readers about your book.

A Pachuco named Kool gave up a life of bootlegging to open a Jazz nightclub in East Los Angeles. But his dream was short-lived. An event dubbed “The Zoot Suit Riots” would change his world forever.

Who is your target audience, and why?

I would have to say eighteen and over. But I would love people from all walks of life to enjoy and dive into this historical drama.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Living as an entertainer, solely off my art, for over two decades and traveling the world has been quite a ride! But I have to say my greatest success was meeting my wife while I worked as a dancer living onboard a cruise ship for a year. Out of all those people, I met the love of my life. What are the odds?

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

As an entertainer, dancer, actor, I learned how to tell a story on a stage, or on a set. My life itself created a strong storyteller in me, and that’s what will eventually set me apart.