JC Marino

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 21, 2010

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Dante's Journey | Fantasy | 22 Feb 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

My first novel, Dante's Journey, is doing very well, I'm happy to say.

My second novel, Everything But the Face, should be done and ready for the publisher by Oct 2010 and my third novel, Air, is well underway.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

My latest book?

I would probably change something in every book.

To me, writing is a process. Nothing is ever perfect. Every time I read it, I can see different ways to say something.

I find myself saying "If I only did this or that, it would be so much better." I think every artist does that, with every art form.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My first novel is from the male first person.

My second novel is from the female first person.

My third novel will be from multiple first person.

I'm planning my fourth novel to be from the third person perspective.

I'm always trying different ways to tell a story.

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love it to be my career, but I'm beginning to see what a serious undertaking it is just to market a book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have to say that I don't.

I always wanted to tell some story... the guys in my squad in the Air Force can verify that.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I always go back to the movie Throw Mama From the Train. To quote Billy Crystal: "A writer writes."

My advice would be to not let anyone make you think that you're not worthy of your own dreams.

I've learned one thing from living in the Hollywood area... if you want to get something done (be it a movie or screenplay or novel or painting), you have to show them (agents, publishers, etc) that you're going to do it with or without them

So, do it, even if you don't get the fame or money.

If it's good and you work hard, you'll complete something great.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

I'm an Information Security Engineer and a Software Engineer. Currently, I'm writing semi-full time.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I definitely outline first.

I want to know exactly where a story is going.

I want to know how it's going to end before I even start.

Of course, it never ends up the way I'd planned.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

None that I can think of. But, I often play Celtic music when I write.

I think it comes from my time in Boston... or as we say... Baaaaaah-Stun.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

Hmmmm... does it count if I get a massage and request major focus on my ever sore forearms?

What main genre do you write in?

Mainstream Fiction, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy, Suspense / Mystery

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