Today it is my privilege to have Joe Giordano visiting the blog. An interview with Joe follows below as he talks about his process in writing a book, challenges writers face, and more. A bio will follow the interview providing more information about Joe as well as how you may connect with him online.
Please join me in welcoming Joe Giordano, author of Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story.
Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story
Q: What’s your process in developing your storyline and characters?
For Birds of Passage, my heritage drove me to write an historical fiction novel about Italian immigration. The story isn’t about my family, but there are numerous insider references throughout. I imagined the three main characters, Leonardo, Carlo and Azzura, tried to place them into challenging situations, and used the classical Character Arc and novel structure to construct the piece.
Q: What challenges do you face in your writing, and how do you overcome them?
Innovative ideas can’t be programmed. You work hard and every once in a while you catch a break. A new story line can surface through an offhand comment, a photograph, or a memory. I read to stimulate ideas.
Q: What has the road to publication been like for you?
Writing is a creative outlet. Most writers agree that good writing is hard, but the process gives me pleasure. Completing Birds of Passage was easier than attracting an agent or a publisher to accept my work. There’s huge competition for readers, art is subjective, and like any new product, what you produce must be unique and desirable.
Q: How do you market your work?
Birds of Passage, will be supported with reviews, readings, blogs, and author interviews. As a new author, I’m an unknown brand. Good publicity and review recommendations will be key to getting readers’ attention.
Q: Who are the writers that have inspired you most, and how have they inspired you?
I took a UT class taught by Ben Fountain and walked out eager to write. I admire the short stories of Chekhov and Salter. Philipp Meyer is very talented. Then there’s Dante, Homer, and Shakespeare.
The Kindle copy of Birds of Passage will be free
to download for five days starting the day after
the end of this virtual tour (Saturday, November 7th
through Wednesday, November 11th)
Meet the Author:
Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe’s stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.
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