Friday, December 27, 2013

Author Interview – Massimo Marino @Massim0Marin0

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Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, but I will not divulge any details. Most of what is seen by the main character in the story comes from real experience. Some scenes are inspired by events happened to others in their own lives. The rest, started in my imagination and hopefully grows and ends in the readers’.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

If I had to choose I would like to have Stephen King as mentor. Not because I consider him as having a particularly brilliant prose and lyrics but because he knows how to trigger emotions into the readers, make their imagination work and filling the gaps of what he’s not saying. I think King has mastered the art of knowing what not to write in the story so that the reader is guided to become a part of it.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

In my writing? Or an entity in general? One of the Daimones took me under his wing years ago and then let me know it was time to reveal the story.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

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.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I’m afraid I don’t have a favorite author. My favorite is always the one I read at the moment. 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.

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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – PG-13

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