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Twenty Question Interview with Luciana V. Suárez

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Anyone following my blog knows Lucia, my latest featured published author who has contributed here and an avid supporter of my work. I am grateful and proud to share my huge support of her extraordinary accomplishments—the latest being the release of her book! I can’t wait to read/review it and know after you read below, you’ll be hooked too.

1. Where are you from?

I’m from Argentina… that’s where I live now.

2. What is your occupation?

I have a degree in Communications but right now I’m not working so much because of a medical treatment that I’m doing. I do luckily write full time now that I’m published.

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?

My work has always been related to writing, so I guess I’m proud of my perseverance, because I’ve been writing since a very young age (poems and tales).  Then my job was to write for some magazines and websites. In 2010, I began writing novels and ever since I’ve been writing every day, so it has become my priority.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?

I would like to turn it into Connecticut, ha! I guess the weather, because It’s hot from September to April or May, and it’s really humid.

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling? 

This happened in 2004: I was going home from College on a bus, I fell asleep and woke up in another town… 5 hours away from my home town, ha! I took another bus to come back.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?

I haven’t met anyone famous yet, I’ll tell you as soon as I do.

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?

I guess breaking and entering on a house of a famous person, like Henry Cavill or Donna Tartt (since she’s one of my favorite authors). I would check her computer and all the notes about her works so I can see part of her writing process. As for Henry, I would smell his clothes, lol.

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?

I’m a good eater, so I guess I’m a ‘worst cooks’ material… but I like baking.

9. What quote do you live by?

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?

I love it when I can connect with characters, because that doesn’t always happen. When it does, I can understand where they come from… why they are the way they are and their goals in life, because characters are the ones who shape the story.

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?

Black or brown and extremely pale.

12. What award would you love to win?

I guess any literary award.

13. Favorite dessert?

Caramel or chocolate ice cream.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?

Nothing.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?

I would love to learn to play the piano.

16. Favorite concert to date?

I’ve never been to concerts… because where I live there aren’t many and when there is a local one, it features artists from Argentina and I don’t listen to our native music.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Audrey Hepburn, because I’ve always admired her, not for her career but because she had an interesting life, which she overcame by doing various work with children and I always loved that about her.  Every time I volunteered with children, she was my inspiration and guide for it.

18. Biggest pet peeve?

Gossiping… people who like to gossip.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?

My latest book debuts today! All my other work is in production right now (revision), seven of my novels are going to be published.  I think by the end of the year or the beginning of the next one, I’ll be able to promote them as well.

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?

Can I ask you two? Questions 4 and 6 that you asked me.

Sure, for no. 4 where do I begin? In NY… TRAINS! (the whole crap MTA – LIRR system) TRAINS! The service and ticket prices are a nightmare. Also, get rid of the garbage on the streets! NY is filthy compared to other places.  Ok, I’m done venting.  For no. 6 I’ve lucked out meeting a host of famous people, especially doing side gigs as a film/TV extra. I’ll go with the most recent, Steve Martin on a plane… nice guy who was impressed that I saw him play banjo a few times at Outside Lands Festival and like me, spends a lot of time in the air.    

Countless thanks and congratulations to Luciana for sharing her thoughts and new novel with us!  I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  

Till next time, well wishes, L. 

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Interview With Author Dorian Zari

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Welcome to a series I’m very honored to launch for my creative network, by interviewing them and showcasing their exceptional work. Aside from the sheer fun of connecting with fellow authors, artists, and photographers; it’s a rewarding chance for me (and the reader) to learn about their process and what makes them tick, so to speak in the world of creativity. I hope you relish reading about them as much as I enjoyed interviewing theses talented respondents! Check out a new one each week featured on Mondays.

Here is the first one of the bunch: Interview with Dorian Zari, author of The Labyrinth

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
When I was 5 or so. My older sister had just taught me how to read and write, mainly because I kept pestering her when she did her homework. Why was I pestering her? I had a fascination with the shampoo bottles in the bathroom and what they said. I had to know for myself. I think “NIVEA” was one of the first words I’ve ever read. I could only write in capital letters, since those were easier for her to teach me, but I remember writing my first poem. It was for my mother, who loved poetry and would read us her favorite poems from time to time. The first thought I’d have whenever she’d read us poetry was “That’s not too hard, I can do it too.” My poetry was horrid, and I still laugh at it (yes I kept some of them), but there it is.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
As I mentioned in the previous answer, my first love was poetry. Despite being a voracious reader, I considered novels and stories a facile form of writing. They don’t even rhyme! So easy. At least that’s what I thought as a kid who was writing very very bad poetry, and then as a teenager. I got into writing stories mainly because I had ideas that would annoy me until I wrote them down and forgot about them. 80% of what I have written during my life is lost. Now I write novels, and poetry when I feel like having fun.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Oh man, you don’t make it easy do you. I think I spent a good 5 minutes staring blankly at the screen thinking of an answer. There are too many to list for many different reasons but I think my favorite fictional hero is “The Green Monster” and no I’m not talking about the Hulk. When I was a kid I had some really cheap action figures, and like any kid I’d make up stories, sagas really, in which they’d participate. One of those little action figures or muscle men as we called them, was The Green Monster. That’s what I called him anyway because he was green. He would usually be the hero or villain to my stories. Sometimes the heroine. Yeah… I was open minded, and in dire need of female action figures.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
We’re all made from the same puzzle pieces, the only difference is the arrangement. So I can’t say I identify with any one writer and I can say I identify with most of them. *said Zari and tipped his beret to the other side*

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I’m currently working on two books. One is about a group of five friends who grow up together and become family in lack of a real one. It deals with domestic abuse, violence, isolation and board games. It’s a pretty cheerful book. No, I mean it. The other one is about a detective who’s investigating the murder of a well-known reverend. The only witness turns out to be a very nice demon called Walter. Or at least Walter was the name of the firefighter the demon possessed long ago. This one deals with nice demons who are afraid of the dark, really mean angels who hate the light, and the end of the world.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
Don’t even ask me that or I’ll open the book and start re-arranging commas and sentences. *At this point in the interview the author’s eye began to twitch*

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Nope.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
Straight A’s. But I learned all my English from watching Cartoon Network and movies (By the way I grew up in Romania) and English class wasn’t that big of a deal, considering it was a foreign language class so we weren’t exactly studying Shakespeare .

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
Google is your friend. For The Labyrinth I needed obscure information like “what was the first city” and “monasteries in 1066”. Oh and Wikipedia was great too. I read quite a lot about trade routes between Japan and India for The Labyrinth – and used none of that information.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. I did write on a lot of interesting stuff throughout my life though, including toilet paper, walls, my own skin, someone else’s skin, and so on. But come on, who hasn’t. I remember being 13 or so and really liking a girl in school. Her favorite season was autumn, so one autumn I skipped a day of school to write poetry on dead leaves. You have NO IDEA how hard that is. Anyway I wrote a stanza on each leaf, got up to a healthy number like 50 leaves and told her to meet me in the park. I climbed a tree to shower her with the leaves of my love. That was the first time I broke my leg… And she didn’t even get to read my heartfelt leaf poetry.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Be as aware as you can of the fact that you will die one day. It makes it easy to realize what’s important right now. For instance, I don’t give a flying rat’s crap (flying rats are a rare species) about being remembered after I die because, you know, I’m dead. What I care about is being happy now. That’s why I never really understood people who do things for posterity’s sake at the expense of their lives. Ego is a hell of a drug. By the way, the person who told me that died soon after giving me that advice. I was 7. It was sobering. That day he died I bought as much ice cream as I could and lived life to the fullest (stomach).

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
“The Diary of an Egomaniac” by a guy who thought everyone should read his book.

13. Two part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I used to play cello and piano. I’d like to learn to play the balalaika (but I never will). I will settle for the kazoo. All three of those instruments are in The Labyrinth and prominently so – for that reason.

14. What process did you go (or are you going) through to get your book published?
Submitting to agents and publishers while at the same time self-publishing.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
Past? Present? Future?
Past – Jesus. Would answer a lot of questions, am I right?
Present – Putin. Would answer a lot of questions, am I right?
Future – My unborn child. I wanna see how they’re doing and then get a tattoo that says “Dad was here” and let my kid freak the hell out for the rest of their life. This is a great pub question. After a few drinks, we could talk about this for half a night.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
A book. (It’s 5 A.M. as I answer these questions…)

17. (2 part question) Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And Michael Palin or John Cleese?
Bill Murray and John Cleese all day – every day.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
The things I wrote that made other people that I love smile, or feel touched by (even if inappropriately). Be it a poem, a song, or a book.

19. What quote do you live by?
“Don’t live by quotes. The people who say them were probably really high or really drunk.”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition (or have you achieved it already) ? (famous pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
Paying the bills solely from writing.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
I’ll ask you three questions and you can choose which one to answer:
What was the saddest moment of your life and why? Or
If a bear and a shark had a fight, who would win? Or
A veteran and widower just found out his son has died in action. He took his old service revolver and went to the roof. He put the gun under his chin and closed his eyes. Just as he was about to shoot, his cell phone rang and startled him causing him to shoot up in the air. He answers his phone and is told that there was a mix-up and his son was alive and coming home. While all this is happening, his son was walking home, and that bullet had to land somewhere. My question is – why did the father have to climb on the roof to shoot himself in the head, and what was the ring tone of his cell phone? (I’ll give you a hint – it was Alanis Morissette’s Ironic).

Of all the questions you could’ve asked, haha. Well, I’ll answer in three parts:
I can’t answer your first one, too personal.
I will answer your second one: Bear… Polar Bear, hands down. Law of averages, mouth and four powerful limbs compared to one big mouth.
As for your last one, since I don’t believe in suicide (one of the most cowardly acts out there), so it’s a moot point in exerting an answer.

Thanks again for taking the time in sharing your thoughts with us here, Dorian. Great success to your novel and future endeavors! Please check out Dorian’s work here: http://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Dorian-Zari-ebook/dp/B00K6GJCHA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407690364&sr=8-1&keywords=dorian+zari

Anyone interested in being featured here in an interview, please email me at Lmontanino@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Week Countdown To My Radio Interview!

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Happy Tuesday,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Feedback, Unedited Quill Spills

 

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