Humans of Spectrum: Jose Lopez
Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?
I’m on Spectrum because I wanted to be part of something that produces something. I wanted to help put writers on display. I have always loved critiquing stuff I read, watch, etc. Spectrum allowed me to do that in a way where I can be part of making it artistic. Also, I never had any experience editing or being a reader for a magazine like this. I worked as an editor on my high school newspaper but that was just editing reviews, not artistic pieces. It seemed like this was a perfect opportunity to do so.
What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?
I look for quality and raw passion in the stories I read. Most of the stories that appeal to me deal with real emotion and I like seeing writers who can capture those voices. I need to see a voice that stands out. After reading so many submissions, you can kind of tell what type of writers are sending certain pieces. I may be wrong but I like seeing someone who just commands their story without trying to do too much.
What genre or form of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?
The genre I look for is emotional short stories. Writers who explore the depths of human emotion and the human mind are the ones I love. I think it takes a lot of heart, passion, and knowledge to tackle that. I also tend to like my stories with a melancholic tone. I’m not sure why, it just makes me more invested.
Can you share a short story about your own writing?
I guess a story about my own writing is when I decided to branch off into focusing on scenes and dialogue. I enjoy writing in the first person and exploring the mind of characters but lately I have been using dialogue as the main force of my stories. It probably stems from my passion for film and screenplays. I use simple dialogue to try and create a realistic atmosphere as best as I can. I still like writing a crime story or even an occasional horror story but I take much more pride in writing something that can move me. Also, I have a tendency to depict characters in turmoil or characters who are anti-heroes. I like showing the flaws of people because everyone has them.