José Luis Correa is a writer from Gran Canaria and professor at the ULPGC of Language and Literature Didactics. He lived through the confinement period of March 2020 blocked in his literary activity and creativity due to the impact of the Covid news, but then he began to “see the light” and recover his routines, both giving telematic classes and focusing on his novels after a while. The work that is pending publication deals with the problem of the boats, although at that time they had not even begun to reach our shores in a massive way. Many times it happens to him that he is ahead of events in his narrative ideas.
“When we went into confinement, at first it was very hard and inexplicable, a whole uncertainty to know how many weeks we would be locked up,” says Correa. “From a creative point of view I was paralyzed the first month. I started with telematics classes at the university and then writing. I had a novel that I picked up during the pandemic, finished, and it will come out at the end of the year. The authors are used to voluntary confinement because it is an individual, solitary and introspective work, but if they tell you that it is mandatory due to an extreme emergency situation and, in addition, you have to see many deaths in your country on a daily basis and the consequences After the illness, your thinking ceases to be individual and becomes social ”.
In this sense, the writer indicates that “during the confinement you felt accompanied by those applause on the balconies. The situation made it easier for me to meet many neighbors that I didn’t even know existed. That was the most supportive part. I also changed my routines. I would get up in the morning and go to buy the press and bread, and then have breakfast at home with my wife. We both teleworked, so when we had a space we would sit down for coffee and chat. Confinement allowed you to spend more time at home with family attachment and I was able to catch up on many pending readings. I don’t know how I would have survived just because I’m not very good at technology. Thanks to my wife, we made many group calls to friends who were isolated and had a very bad time. Regardless of whether you like loneliness, something that I value, in those terrifying moments it seemed very hard for those who suffered from it ”.
“Then you get used to the idea that the pandemic is a reality that you are forced to live with and you resume your work and habits, as far as possible. I had a novel started, but without form, I picked it up again and finished in September 2020 and, as I said, it will come out at the end of the year or early 2022 because in February I presented another, Las dos Amelias, which deals with social networks, very focused on young people whose promotion, which was projected in visits to institutes, among other events, was paralyzed by confinement and I have pending ”, clarifies the author.
Correa explains that the novel written in recent months refers to the problem of the boats. “It is a story of deaths. It was something premonitory of what would happen next, of the madness of immigration that we are experiencing. This is not the first time that has happened to me. In While We Are Young I related the story of the death of an Erasmus university student, a story about sexist violence, and when I was in the presentation they killed a palm tree student. The same thing happened in A Mermaid’s Trail. A mutilated body of a woman appeared on the beach and a year later it happened in Tenerife. Now I am immersed in another work ”.
“I have not yet dared to touch on the issue of the pandemic because we have to wait for its consequences. My characters will come out with masks and, in a criminal novel like mine, it makes it difficult to identify the bad guys, but it will be something that will have to be normalized in our stories ”. “It takes me five or six months to write each book. Now I am a little slower than when I left confinement because I have already returned to my face-to-face classes at the university. I go back to my routine of writing every day, but I am very slow and I do a lot of revision ”.