What is the best thing that I love about my work? I am a writer of fantasy novels and the beauty of my job is to be able to offer people the opportunity to escape for a few hours from their reality to enter a fantastic world that can help them find, at the end of the path, the way to themselves
What is my idea of happiness? To love, there is no happiness possible outside of love. Anything you do with love can only make you immensely happy
What is my greatest fear? to stop dreaming. And I don’t just mean the dreams you have at night, when you sleep, but, more generally, the dreams that accompany you during the day, those that make you see a dragon inside a cloud and make you imagine a world where every man and brother and no child should be afraid of monsters anymore.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Insecurity. In life it is normal that there are those who try to put a spoke in the wheel by preventing you from reaching your goals, it is human, even if sometimes foolish but I don’t always have the strength to give a damn. I go straight on my way, I am not a person who gives up but the hostility I receive slows me down, making me feel very insecure: here, I really hate this about me.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I really admire my editorial manager, Margherita Guglielmino, an exceptional woman who has managed to distinguish herself in a world like that of publishing where men are still the masters. I admire a lot of different writers but I don’t find it correct to name names.
On what occasion would I lie? I don’t like lies, I can’t tell them and I understand that it may seem implausible told by a creator of stories but I invite you to reflect on the fact that a novel is a fantasy that comes to life, a lie is a mean way to hurt someone. I have always preferred a hard truth to a pitiful lie
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Too little time to write everything I have to write, and that’s a lot! Seriously, what I do not like is the tortuous and not very vicious path that leads my work to be usable by readers, as there are too many mediators between the writer and the reader who often respond more to commercial logic than literature.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? A few months ago, in the library of my friend bookseller and literary critic Alfredo Polizzano, when, after reading my novel, which happened to be in his hands, he called me to tell me that he liked it very much, so much that he offered it to the house Carthago publisher who, shortly thereafter, published it. It was thanks to him that I really believed in what I was doing and above all how important it was, not only for me, but above all for
those who would read my novels, to continue writing
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would not want to change anything, what I want is to improve myself and grow intellectually and spiritually, for this reason I cultivate reasonable doubt with dedication, constantly questioning myself and trying to never be certain of anything
What is my greatest achievement in work? being able to take my novels out of my country, making them usable by every person who wants to read them, sharing their reading experiences with my readers, essential for me to understand if I managed to reach their heart.
Where would I most like to live? Home is where there will always be someone waiting for you: I want to live there
What is my most treasured possession? life, the greatest gift I ever thought I could receive
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? It is not a physical place that inspires, not to me at least. I find inspiration in the garden of my mind and to be able to reach it, to concentrate, I listen to music, a wonderful portal to access my deepest self
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My mother’s house: she is a fantastic cook!
What books influenced my life and how? The Master and Margherita, Michail Bulgakov
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Adagio for Strings Op. 11
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Batman and Bella (Beauty and The Beast)
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My Dad and my Grandmother, Rose
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Dracula of Bram Stoker
What role plays art in my life and work? I grew up among museums, art galleries, libraries and art galleries, thanks to my father: I would say fundamental
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? Every writer talks about himself, whatever the story, it’s normal, even if you don’t realize it while you’re writing. I would say that it is inevitable to insert in the narration, however fantastic it may be, one’s own life experience, even if it is also in the desire to change it or subvert it to the point of creating a fantastic world completely opposite to the one actually lived. The writer is a human being who lives in a certain era and carries on himself, in his soul and. in his heart the signs of his life that become traces of ink on a white sheet.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021? Stefano Benni, Donato Carrisi, Quentin Tarantino, Lana e Lilly Wachowski, Sperling & Kupfer
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career
would i love to meet in 2021? Haruki Murakami, Stefano Benni, Alessandro Baricco
What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on? Complete the Eco trilogy
Where can you see me or my work in 2021? I hope in all libraries, physical or virtual and maybe, why not, at the cinema, being that Eco … Dell’Essere lends itself a lot to cinematographic transposition. Here you can find the link to my book.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is that force that has allowed man to evolve, that energy that pushes you to move forward even when everyone tells you to stop, a fire that feeds the will
How can you contact me? Through my Carthago publishing house or, more directly, on my social profiles, Facebook and Instagram