Luciana Cavallaro grew up in a small country town in Western Australia. She began writing as a cathartic exercise after a traumatic car accident. She moved to Perth to study teaching at university. Luciana is the first in her family to attain a university degree. Since then she has attended writers’ workshops and is a member of various associations.
Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, her inspiration to write Historical Fantasy was borne.
She has written 2 novels with a third in progress and is writing a short story series Accursed Women. Four of the short stories are published and available from Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords.
What inspires you to write?
I love ancient history and mythology in particularly Greek History and mythology. I may find a particular aspect of mythology or history and use that to premise my stories. I was inspired by the works of Homer and wanted to write stories that blended history and mythology.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to brainstorm and see where that leads me, determine whether the idea has a strong basis for a story. From there I break the points into scenes. The next step is adding plot elements though I don’t always stick to the ‘plan’. More often than not, the characters and/or scene takes over.
I like to use paper to brainstorm and set scenes. I have different exercise books for each story I’m working on. Pertinent information about the characters, the setting, theme, and plot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
A bit of both, though they can be pushy and stubborn at times, especially if a scene I am writing is not to their liking. They refuse to participate so when that happens I relent and we find a way to solve the issue. Nine times out of ten, they get their way.
What advice would you give other writers?
Know your genre, find out what the narrative elements are and read. Read lots. And write. If you can, join a critique group and learn from the constructive comments other writers offer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go Indie Publishing, for one it offered a lot of options, and two, you are in charge of the process. It is a lot of work going alone and the nice thing is you are not alone. There are amazing people who provide valuable advice because they have done it and are successful. Though if you do go Indie be prepared to work and not just the writing. You wear many hats and some days it is exhausting and at times you wonder if this work will pay off. If you want to succeed and have a passion for writing, you can’t give up.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There is a lot of writers who are trying to get noticed, more than I anticipated! The availability of e-publishing is a wonderful opportunity for writers who are trying to get a foot in the proverbial publishing world. Print books will never die but with the growing advent of eBooks and more choices, the future of book publishing is looking strong. I do believe we haven’t really seen the impact of e-publishing. The boom is still yet to happen.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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