Working as a writer demands considerable availability throughout the year, especially during springtime and in the fall, when most national and international festivals take place, as well as appearances in schools, libraries and universities. In that regard, Afonso Cruz's life has changed a lot, namely because his ever-increasing international commitments lead him to spend greater and greater stretches of time away from home. When in touch with an audience, an author's availability and disposition can be crucial, more so than his skill as a performer. A writer needs only talk about his books, about literature. Even politics and society. Writers have always spoken publicly to their readers, one way or another, and the main difference now, as publishing activity gains momentum, is that culture reaches more places than ever before. Speaking of places, Afonso Cruz doesn't have a favourite in his international trajectory. Especially since an extremely positive experience can be followed by a less pleasant return to the same location.
It's all about the writer and his circumstances, as always. That being said, for various reasons, he'd highlight Colombia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland as places he has fond literary and personal memories of. Translation is yet another way of reaching out, even if the author is seldom capable of reading his own work in every language that has accommodated it. Everything hinges on his or her trust in publishers and translators, whose handling of Afonso Cruz's originals is, in and of itself, a testament to the quality of their work. From this point forward, the author wishes to reach every single country where he has yet to be translated, he wishes to keep reaching more and more readers through the most widely spoken languages in the world. Free of contextual barriers. Particularly because all literature can be universal, provided that it's good.
Awards have been crucial for Afonso Cruz, especially since his trajectory didn't originally start in the field of literature. Recognition helped save his earliest efforts from falling prey to the thirst for novelty, which leads many books to vanish quickly from the stores, and they've drawn interest from the media. Awards are gratifying, they're a sign of acknowledgement and of good fortune. When the final selection is made, members of the jury have to be in agreement.
And in acknowledgement of Afonso Cruz's work, they have been, more than once, considering that he's earned awards for several facets of his output, from novels to short stories and illustration. His secret: enjoying what he does, so much so that the lines that separate work, rest and leisure become blurred. That pleasure in creating leads to the perceived quality of his efforts.