Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Daccari Buchelli and I am a British born Author. I have always loved reading, ever since I was a small child. Whether Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, or Young Adult books, I can’t help but dive into as many stories as possible. There is always something more that can be learned from reading or writing something new.
I first stumbled upon the world of Fantasy during my childhood. There were books littered around our home, all promising to spirit me away to incredible new worlds. The Fantasy genre soon won me over and now I cannot seem to escape. My first novel in a Fantasy series, entitled Phoenix, is available on Amazon and follows the lives of two young royals as they chase after their dreams in a world of elemental magic.
I spend my time exploring my own magical wonderlands while focusing on the darker side of human nature. When away from my trusty ball point pen and energetic terrier puppy (Sam), I enjoy art and music, as well as curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Phoenix (Book One of The Peradon Fantasy Series) is a YA Fantasy novel, which was initially inspired by a previous romantic relationship, turned sour. The two main character are polar opposites, a naive Princess of the Flame Realm and a Frost Realm Emperor with many dark secrets. I wanted to capture the significant difference between the two types of personalities and to demonstrate how one can bring nothing but destruction.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ve never considered any of my writing habits to be odd but must confess that I find it far easier to write in the dead of night. Perhaps it is due to the noise and bustle of everyday life gradually coming to a close. Who knows? The ideas simply begin to fill my head and I find myself writing far more than I do during the day.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The author that has had the biggest influence on my work is Epic Fantasy Master, Terry Goodkind. His series, The Sword of Truth, acted as a great comfort to me when I began to draft out the initial version of Phoenix. His characters have an incredible depth to them that filled my heart with joy and wonder and worked to keep me motivated throughout the writing process. To this day, they still do.
What are you working on now?
At the moment, I’m about to start the third draft of the sequel to Phoenix, whose title and cover art shall be released within the next month or so. This book is just as dear to me as the first in its series, if not more so, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I would say that for the best promotion, you need an all-round strategy that covers multiple platforms. Start by optimizing your author website and blog, interacting with readers and other authors. Building such connections will help to show off the human being behind the books. When people care more about you, they will care more about what you have to offer.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up on your dreams. Research all that you can and grow as a person as well as a writer. Experience new things and describe how they make you feel. Connect with as many people as you can, for once they see the person behind the books, you may just pique their interest.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never stop writing. Write every day if you can. Even a few sentences will do.
What are you reading now?
At the moment I’m re-immersing myself in the world of Harry Potter. I’m currently reading through The Chamber of Secrets, one of my favourites. I am always surprised by the skill with which J. K. Rowling creates complex and humorous characters that draw us in the moment we meet them.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have several projects that shall require my attention throughout the year. I hope not only to release the sequel to Phoenix but also to release a second edition of the first book, having been improved after considering suggestions made by beta readers.
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?
Hmm, a tough question indeed. First, I wonder if I should bring practical books in order to aid my escape, or whether the question relates only to reading for pleasure. I shall take it to mean any books in existence. I would bring my favourite fictional novel, Sabriel by Garth Nix, as well as the three leading books on survival (useful for such a situation.)