Every writer can use a little help from imagined and imaginary friends. Jorge Luis Borges had one he called “Borges”. Fernando Pessoa had dozens of them. My associates include an impulsive, creative personality called Lion, who helps me create new characters and situations; a big, tough, patient fellow named Bear, who makes sure that things get done; and a flighty, loquacious rhetorician named Glib, who doesn’t concern himself much with logical consistency but is great at finding exquisite expressions. Currently, Lion is working (with Fox, of course) on our new novel; Bear has been busy learning Russian, which we think will be useful for future projects (and was a big help on our recent visit to Russia), while Glib busies himself with occasional remarks on our two blogs (one in English, one in Spanish). Now, though, the whole team will have to focus on the new novel — which is about France, not Russia (sorry, Bear).
My otro yo (or “alter ego”) Baltasar Lotroyo writes short stories and essays in Spanish. He has his own web page (check out the poem where he explains our relationship) and even a blog, Lecturas y lectores.