Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I wrote my first book at the age of 17. It was a long and complicated stream-of-consciousness rant on the interior conflicts of a teenager, and I count on getting out a new edition of that some day. I studied Literature and Philosophy at the Third University of Rome, so my graduation theses are actual books that are currently published in Italian. Julia Dream is my first sci-fi novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Julia Dream is my latest novel and it was inspired by an actual dream I had (hence the title, although I do love Pink Floyd too). It was very vivid and I tried to mirror with my writing style the extremely visual mental image I have of the story, the setting and the overall mood of the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write best late at night, in bed before going to sleep, by hand in a journal. I then review and copy my work by hand one more time, because I feel it improves my writing. All subsequent editing is done at the computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love The Lord of the Rings with a passion. Not only for the imagery of Middle Earth, which set the groundwork for all fantasy from there on, but for Tolkien’s specific sensibility. His characters are epic in the real sense of the term.
Another book that influenced be enormously was George Orwell’s 1984 – so much that my own novel is set in a dystopian future.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on the second book of the Julia Dream series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m very happy to have my blog as a platform to deliver content to my audience.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would tell them not lo let fear of judgement stop them and keep them away from their dreams.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There’s no bigger failure than not trying at all.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Le Mort d’Arthur.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I think it’s very exciting to see how the self-publishing community is developing. I look forward to participating in the community and engaging with my readers as much as possible.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
– The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
– The Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula LeGuin)
– The Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) because it might come in handy
– Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe) as a manual for stranded survivors