Thursday, November 15, 2012

❤author: Dario Giardi interview and giveaway!

❤ Today, I'm thrilled to welcome author, Dario Giardi, to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Dario! Will you please share a short bio with us?

I was born in Rome in 1977, I work as a researcher in the fields of environment and energy, although my true passion is writing.

Tell us little bit about your newest release, Adudan.

Adudan is my debut novel. It's an urban fantasy which I think is very innovative and special for the message it contains, but I'll leave you to judge for yourselves.
The story comes to life during the sleep and in the dreams of Marcel Guivarch, a Breton writer who is able to immerse himself in the memory of an ancestral past. In this land which lies between dreams and reality, the protagonist starts to become fully aware of his true identity and of his mission. Through the visions that a mysterious civilization manages to send him, he traces his life backwards until he discovers that he was Railen, a guardian chosen by princess Adudan, the only sovereign left to rule the planet Atlas after the death of her father. For Marcel, these visions are the first pieces of a story that traces its roots back into time.

❤ How did you choose the names of your characters in it?

Everything comes in dreams.

Adudan comes from my dream journeys. Many call them astral travel. The creative drive always starts with an image. I wake up I take notes on the images that my imagination has produced ... everything comes from them. If there is a strong emotion behind that image do not take it into account. In what I write, there is always a profound message I like to convey and I think that in this sense Adudan it conceals many. This is all my writing is something that goes beyond the pages.

How did you first get published? Tell us your call story.

I have written the tourist guides in the past: Bretagna: natura, arte, poesia e mistero tra oceano e cielo and Roma: misteri ed itinerari insoliti, published by Polaris.

Adudan is my debut novel.

I have decided to take a gamble with self-publishing on the Amazon platform.

America is the land of opportunity. Self-publishing has made many dreams come true. I'm sure it's a positive sign of changing times and of the direct power that new technologies give readers, bypassing the old, traditional publishing system to give a voice to what for me is the only criterion for publishing success: the public. 

❤ How would you describe your writing style and tone?

I would like to suggest a new style, something that is as close to American literature, I think mainly my favorite writer, John Fante. The ability to catapult the player and describe the emotions experienced or just the thoughts. Sudden strokes on the plot without necessarily explaining everything nor dwelling in a thousand descriptions...

❤ Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

Keats was right when he said "The imagination is like the dream of Adam: Adam awoke, and found that it was truth." An epic story isn't always so far away from everyday life, and fiction can come close to reality.

❤ Now give us your best personal advice — something you wish you had known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.

❤ Share with us, your all-time favorite quote, whether it be one you live by or one you just find beautiful.

"Per aspera ad astra."

"To the stars through difficulties."

❤ What's the most interesting comment you've received about your books?

A comment on Amazon: "Love, action, poetry ... there is everything and everything is written with style."

Thank you so much for joining us today, Dario! Where can readers find you on the web?


Dario has been generous enough to offer an autographed copy of Adudan to one lucky reader! To enter, answer the question, What is for you, imagination? and fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
Giveaway runs through November 30th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (EST).
Open to all readers, international folks included!
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ and you get additional entries ;)
Good luck!