Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Author Interview – Massimo Marino


What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” By William Blake, in Auguries of Innocence

To me it tells how we should approach life, with an eternal marvel, and the eyes and heart of children, and be able to see and feel beyond your senses.

I express a similar sentiment in my WIP with these words: “In my eyes she traced that which is remote and found it near her heart; the eternal in the ephemeral, the past in the present, the infinite in the finite.” By Massimo Marino, in “Once Humans”.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Having a home with wife and daughter and a loving family. It is a safe heaven that allowed us to go through many hurdles and overcome difficulties.

What is your favorite color? Periwinkle. It rolls off the tongue better than any others…

What is your favorite food? Oh my, this is a terrible question because to be honest I have to give a terrible answer. Everything! My wife is a terrific cook and there are amazing tastes and flavours in everything she cooks. I love Pasta and Pesto, her lasagne, her pancakes and tarts, the caponata, and everything else she’s able to put on the table. One of my best accomplishments? Stay fit with all that danger around me daily.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I think we can find beauty everywhere in the world, no matter how inhospitable a place can be. If you can see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, the entire world is a favorite place.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I had a dad and an older brother fan of science fiction. I’ve read it since I learned how to read. Then I read many other genre, and the classics, too. My father is an avid reader, or should I say was because he became blind. It is what he regrets more and no, he didn’t learn Braille. Maybe he should.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I started to write almost at the same time I started to read. Micro stories, I had visions of other worlds, other times, and wanted to save them beyond my memory capabilities. No one ever read those stories though but me, from time to time, to remember them.

When and why did you begin writing? I was only a child, barely able to read and write. I always had a vivid imagination and I didn’t want to forget the scenes and the worlds I imagined. I did that for quite a few years then stopped around the time I went to University and started to work. It has been a long hiatus that has finally ended.

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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – PG13

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