Gian Andrea was once born Italian, before he
moved to the United Kingdom. Writer, painter, he holds a Bachelor degree
in Literature and History with honours, and a Master degree in Philosophy with
Wanderer and passionate about languages and
cultures, he often travels across Europe, visiting their major cities and their
Back to the time when he was better known for his physique, rather
than his brain, Gian was a kid that grew up in a small town of central Italy,
lying next to a lazy lake.
Spending most of his time alone, drawing, painting or reading anything that had
some words printed on it, his family got quite concerned that the kid would
became a skinny outcast.
So they pushed him to play some kind of sport.
Jumping from one sport to another, he first got interested on Swimming.
(But the lake was too dirty, -he said, and the pool too small).
So he became really keen on Athletics, Running, mostly (but after a while, he
realized that he had been running for hours every day, without actually going
Next, he started playing Basketball (but hey, we're in Italy, -he said, here
everybody's supposed to like Football; and I'm not even that tall, after all,
Feeling like he had yet to find the right sport that'd suit him well, he began
(That will do, -he said! but when he realized he could not beat people up for
real, once again, he decided to quit).
In the meantime, he joined the gym, and that seemed to be fine for a while.
He had the perfect excuse to:
-eating seven times a day like a pig,
-going around with extra-extra-large clothes although he wasn't a rapper,
-working out in a place full of pretty girls.
Eventually, in his early twenties, he was sure he'd became somehow a pro in
(Hell yeah, I'm big! I'm strong! -he said. Then, during a preparation for a
powerlifting competition, he got injured, and he had to quit again).
In the meantime, University got started, and right after the first couple of
classes of Philosophy and Literature, his mind was finally clear.
(Why would I even work out in the first place? -he said).
The rest as they say, is a work in progress.
Excerpt from the interview
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START WRITING?
As a passionate reader first, and
philosopher as well, I always found writing an excellent way to investigate the
world around you and the human nature, as well as your own.
There's nothing quite like writing, putting
your thoughts on paper, to help you trying to figure out the meaning of this
existence, or at least, to live it properly.
I believe it's a sort of necessity, - as
writing, like painting and any other form of art - deeply affects our life and daily choices,
more than we may suspect.
Most of my favourites books, can be read as
a work of physiology, digging inside our mind, - cause after all, writing is
passing a life's lesson.
WHAT'S YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Truth be told I don't quite have a
writing-schedule, nor a specific method, mostly because of work reason.
But also because I don't think I entirely
fit inside the plotter category: for instance, my first novel took me years of
work, and by the time it was finished - it was something utterly different from
what initially meant to be.
I generally have a blurred idea of what I'm
going to write, usually let it settle for a while, and then I begin to put it
on paper whenever I feel like.
At this stage, I might already have changed
my mind about how the story is going to proceede, which particular direction
it's going to take - but that's all part of the game!
It worked out well for my second,
semi-biographical, work - that started as a fiction book and ended up to be a
sort of memoir.
Reading and re-reading over and over, I also
think it's primarily important.
I often leave the book's draft over the desk
for while, days or weeks before re-reading it, - and do this until I think it's
ready to be read by someone else.
I write everything down on my laptop - but
when it comes to editing, I need to have those words printed off on real paper,
in order to make any necessary adjustment by pen. Then, type it again on my
laptop - and so on and so forth till you're satisfied with what you get.
HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH YOUR CHARACTERS?
Even at the cost of sounding cliche, I
simply put myself on their shoes.
I mean, what else can you do? Whether you're
writing in first person (which I personally often use), you're mostly likely
writing about characters based or inspired by people that you know, or that you
made research on.
when you write the most fictional character, you have got to someone/something
in mind, - where everything get a start, let's say,- it's the way imagination works.
So, simply, try to think what they would
say, how they would act, and let them be themselves.
To answer even more precisely, I don't talk
or listen to them, I just observe them in my mind - as they're alive, right in
front of me.
SUGGESTION WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WRITER?
The one I take for myself: write about what
you know, what it truly matters for you, and write it simple and clear and
don't spare anything.
There is no such a thing as a good subject
or a bad subject for a book:
if you manage to convey your passion, as
well as your message, it's half of the job done.
HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED?
I always knew what I wanted to do, I just
had to decide how.
So, - after avoiding vanity publishers - I
tried both way, collaborated with a couple of editors and publishers - and
eventually had better results with self-publishing (even in terms of sales.)
Though I think it may be, just because I
haven't found a good one, yet.
But I did like the idea of being in control
of every single aspect, from marketing, cover design, title to lines spacing,
layout and any little details.
It was time consuming, and I was working
frenetically around my laptop pretty much all day long - but the feeling I had
when I published the first edition of my first novel was just incredible!
The worst part though is, - you're in
control of literally everything:
which means at a certain point you'll have
to relay on someone else to help you out: a good graphic designer, editor, promoter
Thank you Gian for being our guest this week on the Scribbler.
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