I’m from Sardinia and currently living in London, a city I really love. The only things I miss about Italy are my little dog and the bidet. Nothing else, as I’m able to prepare an outstanding pizza by myself… so problem solved!
The crime stories I write are in English because my main character, Chase Williams, is British, so I can’t really do otherwise!
My main crime fiction benchmarks are Agatha Christie and George Simenon. I know, I know, they’re old style and died ages ago, but what am I supposed to say? I’ve grown up reading them and always dreamt of joining the glorious Detection Club!
Two big passions rule my life: sports and reading.
I consider myself lucky because I need only a laptop, a Kindle and a road to run along to be happy. However, it’s much better if there’s also some good music!
I have a blog (and a fancy newsletter!) called Daily Pinner and I post about a number of different topics: I love telling stories about things that have happened to me or what I see everyday on the streets or come across online.
I’m also a Huffington Post Uk blogger and the OnRugby.it community manager, and I really enjoy it. I have a Master’s in Sociology, after all.
What inspires you to write?
Everything around me can inspire me. Many of Chase Williams’ facts happened to me for real – apart from some murders!
I think that everybody has a story worth telling. It’s the writer’s duty to find the most interesting ones and give them a new fictional life.
Tell us about your writing process.
It doesn’t matter the weather, the place or the time: I write in every situation. I don’t need particular needs to make me feel comfortable and start writing. When it’s time to write, I write.
My life is full of different activities, from running and sport to volunteer and work. I created a kind of routine in order to do everything, so I well know when it’s writing time. I never caught myself unprepared: every time my writing time comes I always enjoy my inspiration. I consider myself quite lucky about that.
All my characters come from a number of different persons I met during my life; Chase Williams has a lot of me but has also his own personality. My characters define theirselves pages by pages, it’s a weird sensation. It’s a process that lots of writers have experienced: it’s like the characters start living without the help of their creators!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do talk to my main character, Mr Chase Williams.
To be fair, everyone can talk to him, as he’s on Twitter. He loves chatting and asking questions to people he follows.
Chase’s a nice guy, even if his Italian is not so good so far 😀
If you want to chat with him you’ll find him typing @ChaseWilliams78 on Twitter 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Be stubborn. The publishing world could be mean sometimes and talented writers can’t be seen or noticed immediately.
Failures don’t exist in today’s publishing scenario.
We’re living the golden era of writing, we can’t surrender when something is not going good.
If writing is your life, my dear fella, don’t stop writing and keep trying. Your day will come for sure 😉
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I saw that traditional publishing (in paperback) was letting me down in Italy.
I got four drafts written in Italian about a British detective working in London between 1928-1935, something in very Agatha Christie style but I’ve never thought of publish them.
One day I twinked: I live in London, I’ve been living in Tursenia (it’s a fictional name, however that city exists for real in Italy) for ages, I love British people and I perfectly know the Italian culture, lifestyle and landscapes. I’ve never lived in ’20 but several “weird” things happened to me during my life. Why don’t use them and create something unique to entertain people? 😉
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I was told that “traditional” publishing will disappear because of online publishing. The world will be full of ebooks and ereaders, while the old dear paper will slowly die.
I don’t agree. I think that “real” ink and electronic ink can live together and strenghten each other.
I’m quite positive about book publishing’s future. People need to dream and will always need to. Books are the best tickets to the most amazing journeys.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
crime, mystery, suspence, thriller
What formats are your books in?