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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Author Interview – Massimo Marino

What inspires you to write and why? Everything, a sound, an image, a situation, an eavesdropped dialogue in the street. I take note of everything and anything can became a scene, a situation, the origin of a conflict. Writing is like evading, I become unaware of the world around me and I live through my characters. What happens in those worlds make me appreciate more ours.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? I’ve always written fantasy and science fiction but mostly about worlds where science removes the barriers to my imagination. If I can think of it, it must be one day possible, right?

What inspired you to write your first book? Daimones spurred by finding on the net an amazingly long series of inexplicable death of animals, where nothing can be pointed at as cause for the events and still most of those events share common aspects. Intriguing…what if… It developed into a post-apocalyptic novel with an on-going mystery and suspense till the end, where all “dots connect”, especially with the main character’s past.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? Well, my readers. When I started I joined a peer-critique group online and I received lots of encouragement and help too. Their initial reaction, that what I was writing was good and captivating, had been the fuel that allowed the fire to keep going. Their criticism too and the encouragement that I could become a better writer, that I had a voice.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? I grew up reading sci-fi, so all the big names mostly, from Isaac Asimov to Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, to name just a few and then other genres too, Tolkien, Stephen King, Tom Clancy and others. Italian authors, too, like Svevo, Calvino, Sciascia, and also Greek mythology authors, the ones I used to hate at school and that are instead fantastic writers and authors. We live with myths daily, even if we do not realize it.

What made you want to be a writer? Writing didn’t come as something like ‘when I’m older I want to be a pilot’. You wouldn’t ask someone “what made you want to be a walker?” or a “food eater”. I write, I walk, I sleep, I watch a movie. It is a natural thing. Over a year ago I decided that I wanted to be read. That’s different. What made me want to be read? The discovery that I could share the pleasure I had while writing with others. I could gift pleasant reading moment to those venturing in the world I create. I wanted to share good time.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? I am a planter, not a plotter. Which means the story grows independently and I am its first readers. I’ve watched Daimones in my mind, heard characters discussing and reacting to what happened to them as in a movie. Sometimes I was unable to write as fast as the images flow I witnessed. The story and the characters had a life of their own. The scary part is that it is like driving at night in an unchartered territory, and you can see only as far as your headlights go.

The amazing thing is that you can reach your destination that way, even if sometimes you take a wrong turn. Sometimes the wrong turn is a great twist in the story.

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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – PG13

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