Hannibal A True Story
Nancy Reil Riojas, Jul 13, 2011 - Fiction - 37 pages
A man craves revenge against a young woman and uses his enormous canine that, in the end, yearns to kill her. Which one survives?
What people are saying - Write a review
Nancy Reil Riojas (born Nancy Varela Reil) is an American indie author, poet, copyeditor, literary critic, an autodidact, and considered a trailblazer in the Electronic Book Movement. Best known for sci-fi tales, emotional-moral narratives, and fast-paced fiction, they are electronically delivered to reading devices world-wide under the auspices of U.S. based Smashwords, the leading Ebook distributor that officially launched in 2008. Smashwords partners with Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, Kobo, Flipkart, Oyster, Page Foundry, Diesel, and two libraries, Baker & Taylor Blio and Baker-Taylor Axis 360. Today, Smashwords authors reach sixty countries worldwide, including the U.S., Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, New Zealand to name a few.
She was born in San Antonio, Texas at downtown Santa Rosa Hospital; she was the third child to Andrew Reil, a fourth generation Mexican/German Texan who served in World War II wherein on April 11, 1945, he was one of the many American soldiers who encountered Holocaust massacred victims and survivors in Buchenwald, Germany, the largest concentration camp. She is the second child to Felicidad Varela, a first generation Mexican Texan who was always setting goals and was extremely disciplined. Her father, a bus operator for the city of San Antonio was a man of many construction talents, talents which he practiced to earn enough money to move the young family out of a poor district and into a middle class neighborhood when she was one year old. Nancy learned to straddle two cultures: her father’s anglicized sophistication and her mother’s deep roots in the romantic Mexican culture. Her mother, a strikingly beautiful woman and fluent in Spanish, sang Spanish songs, along with the popular KCOR radio station while cooking and cleaning; whereas when Nancy’s father, fluent in English and Spanish, arrived home from work, he immediately switched the radio to a country western station or played country western records by Marty Robbins. During the 1950s, their neighbors were a melting pot of interesting families at the very the least: German, Italian, English, Mexican, and Oriental, among whom discrimination reared its ugly head from time to time.
Her father purchased a brand new Royal typewriter for her when she was eleven and said, “that will be your bread and butter.” Before leaving on a date during coming of age was an embarrassment with a strict, straightforward father. One of the “greatest generation” he announced, “Just remember, you’re in charge of your zipper.”
Her parents divorced, and some time afterward her mother established a food catering business and later paid off the home, sold it, purchased a different home, sold that one, invested her money and moved into an apartment. Her mother learned to speak, read, and write English and always prided herself on the fact that she never relied on anyone for financial assistance, not even her own children, “Not one cent,” she said but also taught them to provide for themselves, "don't ask me for money, not one cent." At eighty-four she negotiated and purchased a brand new car and gleamed, “I live a glorious life.”
Before he passed away, Nancy's father shared a vision he had had for his children. He chose that house, he said, because it was within the boundary lines of a college-preparatory high school (which his children attended). Two brothers attained their college degrees, one brother attended college; all three established businesses that contributed to the growth and development of San Antonio, Bexar County, and the State of Texas.
Nancy graduated in the 1960s from Thomas Jefferson College Preparatory High School (elevated core curriculum) and was hired as a Stenographer at the age of eighteen for the Bexar County Adult Probation Office. After five years she enrolled at San Antonio College, majoring in English Language and Literature yet did not accomplish a degree, instead married and bore two children. NBC Bank hired her as an administrative assistant. Years later in 1989, she passed the Texas State Board of Realtors exam at first attempt and managed her sales business for twenty years while surpassing sales goals, earning awards, and achieving designations: Top Realtor twelve years, Remax 100% Club Member, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and “Who’s Who in America?” 2006 – 2009.
She retired December, 2009 and embarked on a second career, authoring. Her goal: encourage all children to read on e-readers –yet target Mexican American children and young adults to read beyond school requirements by featuring in her ebooks bold, mainstream Mexican American protagonists who persevere through adversity (such as Angela Garza in Moonshiner The Wolf and Ortiz, Garcia, and Ramirez in Monster at My Window) and who conform to the contemporary Anglo Saxon culture, the culture that students learn to live by, and the culture that dominates teachings in public schools where most Mexican American students attend.
First publication was a slim paperback, Moonshiner, but after eighteen months she cancelled it from the market, “I could have said more; something held me back, but now I have the confidence to say it.” The replacement evolved into a long novella (or short novel), her magnum opus, Moonshiner The Wolf. The Sci-fy novella Monster at My Window followed, with short stories and flash-fiction narratives of which several evolved from her childhood years, some revelatory, controversial, or derived from catastrophic acts of nature that threatened to kill her or the family, Flood of 1965, Hannibal, Steven, Visiting Mary, and The Rabbi’s Books. Poetry by Nancy Reil Riojas consists of fifty poems classified as narrative, dramatic, free verse, and lyric. And sequels to the aforementioned novellas are undergoing creation, Texas Oil Baron and Night Invaders.
Nancy’s works influence readers in the United States as well as around the world, “It’s exciting that people twelve thousand miles away download my narratives in less than a minute. What an amazing time we live in! Writing opens the window to our souls, yet reading opens the door. If I can inspire anyone to read, then I feel successful in my endeavor.”
Interview with Nancy Reil Riojas
What is your writing process?
Mark Twain said, "The difference
between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between
lightning and the lightning bug."
I have discovered that unless you live inside of your ongoing narrative, it never comes to life. Living inside means harmonizing your words to move the readers. Imagine your narrative as a painting, hanging on a wall. Is the painting so intriguing that you wish you were there? Or is the painting so life-like that you clearly see the story it tells? So it is with writing stories. I have started many stories with compiled scenes that remain unfinished - temporary files inside a box under my desk. Then a day comes along when I reach for that box because I finally create lightning nouns and verbs that breathe life into a lifeless story. That's exciting!
Print out the narrative, lay the pages out on a table, or across the counters, or the floor. View the story as a whole - do all the scenes move the story forward? Scissor cut the scenes and rearrange if need be. But if a certain scene still does not fit, throw it out. Then continue expanding your scenes with lightning nouns and verbs that move the well written story to its end.
What are you presently writing?
“Night Invaders” a sequel to Monster
at My Window.
Synopsis: The simple community of Hilltop, Texas undergoes a shocking revelation that within the authority of the United States Government, beasts breed with women who born intelligent, and later morph into, ten foot tall superhuman beings necessary for “Project O.D.” where the U.S. military train them to battle and win wars in lieu of unremarkable humans whose population notably declines.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Nearly every narrative I have written stems from experiences when growing up, or experiences of a family member from yesteryear, that indelibly live in the heart of my mind. Crystal clear details from decades ago can surface in a blink of my eye: the faces, attitudes, emotions, and actions of family, friends, neighbors, and pets; the catastrophic events; the homes, rooms, windows, floors; the cold, heat, and humidity; the parks, schools, vehicles, roads, streets, trees and fallen leaves I ran through all come to life. Strong emotional experiences never leave us. They were invisible yet broadcasted references when I authored Moonshiner The Wolf, Monster at My Window, Flood of 1965, Hannibal, Visiting Mary, The Rabbi's Books, and Steven.
Who inspired you to write?
My sixth grade teacher Mrs. Stein
read E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web" to the class over a period of a
few days. She said, "Now, write the story in your words. The winner will
receive a prize." The following day when she called my name, it jarred me,
I nearly fainted! I thought, "Me? Why me?" The prize was a neatly
tied bundle of writing tablets, pens, pencils, and a brand new dictionary that
she placed on my desk, and my story was posted on the hall bulletin board --
like today's ebooks in a way, exposed, where readers can choose to read.
My older brother was an avid collector and reader of books and comic books. Those I read inspired me to write later in life.
The author, journalist, playwright, and teacher Roger Rosenblatt convinced me I could write after I read "Unless It Moves the Human Heart." My sincere thanks to these three people.
Which of your narratives is your favorite and why?
Much research was conducted for emotionally charged Moonshiner The Wolf, my magnum opus, which happened to be my first written work. At the time I was writing the short novel (long novella), I drove my trailer to the area of the story in West Texas and spent four days there walking the area where my main character Angela lived, worked, and suffered in the 1900s. I visited the cemetery where she experienced a terrifying ordeal that many skeptics disbelieve. In rough country, her friend, a brave alpha wolf named Moonshiner saved her life several times, avenged the slaughter of his family, and saved Angela's granddaughter to whom Angela left her great legacy. Even after his death she loved him dearly and said many times, "My Moonshiner comes to visit me" until the day she died at the age of 112.
Who are your favorite authors?
Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom's Cabin) / Joyce Carol Oates / Junot Diaz / Roger Rosenblatt / Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Don Quixote) The Greatest Novel Ever Written / Mark Twain / Rudy Ch. Garcia (Closet of Discarded Dreams and his blog La Bloga) / Stephen King / Barack OBama / Jose Rodriguez, from Venezuela (Going Home, Pedro Orozco, plus 26 more) / Harper Lee / Boris Pasternak (Doctor Zhivago) / Sandra Cisneros (Caramello) / Ann Rule (Every Breath You Take) / E. B. White (Elements of Style) / Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, restoring antique typewriters and antique sewing machines, selling them, sewing, saving (feeding) baby birds that fall from their nests in our seventeen trees, gardening, camping, archery.
What is the greatest joy of writing?
Knowing that readers throughout the world read my ebooks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Choosing and arranging words to make my stories better.
If you had one wish what would it be?
To travel back in time to attend all of Mark Twain's lectures.