I’m a guest at two separate sites in the blogosphere this week.
First is an interview I did with Marina Julia Neary, “America’s most Irish author to come out of Eastern Europe”. Certainly, and not surprisingly, her questions were out-of-the box and challenged me, so this interview is quite different from any I’ve done before. Here are Marina’s five questions:
What appeals to me about your work is your determination to draw attention to forgotten figures from the past. In his day, Alessandro Stradella, the heartthrob of your debut novel A House Near Luccoli, used to be something of a rock star in his day, a star that got prematurely extinguished. How many people outside of the classical music circle know about him?
Let’s talk about the Anglo-Italian connections. The English have always been fascinated by Italy. Forester had set several of his novels in Italy – A Room with a View and Where Angels Fear to Tread. In your second novel, To a Strange Somewhere Fled, you actually have an Italian protagonist going to England. On the surface it seems like the two cultures are diametrically opposite. When you think of England, you think of bland colorless boiled food and vitamin D deprived people.
Your maternal grandmother was a concert pianist in Chicago during the 1920s. What an exciting era to be in the performing arts, especially in a city like Chicago! Tell me a little bit about her repertoire. 1920s was a very turbulent time all over the world. Did the external environment affect your grandmother’s performance style?
I am feeling uneasy about asking this question, but how much of yourself is there in Donatella? I’m not implying that she is 100% autobiographical, but she is so well-rounded and so meticulously crafted, I sense she is your psychological child. Perhaps, she’s not your spiritual twin, but rather a literary child.
You have a gift for illustration. In fact, you’ve illustrated some of your own literary works. Tell me how your brain processes the multi-media. Do you envision an image first, and then describe it with words, or do you start off with words and then translate them into images?
To read my answers to the above
– I hope you do! –
Also, this week and weekend I’m being hosted at Unusual Historicals: “a handful of historical authors (who) brave the wilds of unusual settings and times to create distinctive, exciting novels just outside of the mainstream.”
Here is a chance to win a copy of To A Strange Somewhere Fled.
To enter to win, you MUST comment
and leave your email address
on my ‘Excerpt Thursday’ post at Unusual Historicals
on my interview this coming Sunday 6/21 at Unusual Historicals
Commenting on this bardessdmdenton post will not make you eligible,
BUT, of course, your thoughts are very welcome here
(in fact I’m feeling comment deprived of late)
On Sunday, more details about the story behind the story will be offered in an interview. Here are the questions I will be answering:
How would you describe your writing style?
Who designed the covers of your books?
Is there an underrepresented group or idea that is featured in your books?
How do you approach developing the world of a historical novel fully in your mind?
Did your research for both or either of your novels yield any surprises in terms of historical events or illuminate a character in a particular way?
Why did you decide to write a sequel to A House Near Luccoli, why did you set it in England, and does To A Strange Somewhere Fled end the ‘series’?
What writing projects are you presently working on?
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at writing and illustrating!