Pamela: Maria, tell us about the books you write and how long it takes you to write them?
I write non-fiction and suspense with romantic elements. My non-fiction consists of stories and quizzes and other entertaining subjects that I collect overtime. Not so when it comes to fiction, my true passion. I’m a plotter. I start with a beginning and an end and fill the middle as I go. If I knew the story in advance I would be too bored to write it. I can write a fiction book in about 8 months. I’m a slow writer.
Pamela: What is your writing schedule?
Don’t have one. I work full time as a Real Estate agent and that’s why I can’t keep a schedule, you never know when you need to jump in your car and go show houses. But the element of surprise is part of the fun. I like what I do, a lot. My preference would be to write at night, no noises, no interruptions.
Pamela: When was the last time you read a book in one sitting?
I haven’t done that in a very long time, it takes me about 3 evenings to read a whole book. Last one was The Winter Garden.
Pamela: Tell us a little about your personal life?
You already know what I do to pay the bills. I was born in Italy, but my family moved around a lot and that was fine. I met and married my American husband (Swan) in Italy. Soon after that we started the gypsy life, moving from county to country until he decided to come back to the United States permanently. Here I am, minus the husband. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, have 2 grown sons and 2 grandsons. I visit my family in Italy as often as possible. Love to travel, try new things and date men not so ordinary. Lets leave it at that.
Pamela: What writing advice can you give aspiring writers who want to be authors?
Never give up! Writing is a craft, it can be learned. Sure some writers are more talented than others, but that’s true of everything. Perseverance is half the battle. How can you appreciate success if you never experienced failure?
Pamela: What would you like to say to your readers?
You changed my life. You restored my faith in life and humanity. I pinch myself when I read a new review. If this was a TV show I could show you the marks left by the pinching, but, hey, plenty of room for more of that. Thank you, thank you. Mille Grazie.
Pamela: Do you have a few favorite books that you would like to tell us about and if so have you met any of the authors?
I did a lot more of meeting the authors when I went to conferences. I will only mention some of my favorite dead authors so no one will get mad at me for forgetting a name. Agatha Christie, Simone De Beauvoir, Truman Capote.
Pamela: 2013 as far as your career what comes next and do you have a booksigning that you would like to talk about?
No booksigning at the moment. I’m reissuing my non fiction now that I have my rights back from Dorchester. Working on Mina’s third adventure, and getting ready for a visit to Italy.
Pamela: In closing what is your favorite meal, dessert, song and movie?
My comfort food is pasta, however if I’m going to go to a non Italian restaurant with new friend(s) I tend to pick steak and potato, can’t do much damage to that. As for dessert, it must be soft and chocolaty, like chocolate mousse, éclairs. Song? It has a lot to do with where I am emotionally. I have Edith Piaf in my car now. Last year it was Green Day. Movie? This is going to sound corny, but here goes. The English Patient. Love, love the movie. The book not so much.
Thank you so much for the interview.
Oh, Pamela, thank you, very, very much.
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