October 26, 2015

Interview with Joe Giordano

 Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Joe Giordano to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on November 26. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "Bird of Passage". It was different and nice. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "Bird of Passage". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 3 copies of Birds of Passage (print book: USA & Canada) (ebook international). Enter his giveaway Bird of Passage Giveaway.

Let read his Bio and then go to herinterview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways, #bookreview, #adultfiction #ComingofAge #immigrants #historicalfiction and @iReadBookTours

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.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
Describe your book in 20 words or less.
  1. Leonardo and Carlo, vie for Azzura. All three pursue their dreams. There are complications. Choices made drive their destiny

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
  1. My father and all my grandparents were immigrants from Naples. I was curious about the environment they found when they arrived in the States and took a course at UT Austin on the Progressive Era. My term paper was on Italian immigration. During the semester, I wrote a short story, "The Sour Smell of Pain." Later, I decided that my writing had progressed to the point where I could tackle a novel and the short story, although quite different than the novel plot, became an inspiration for the book.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use​ any resources ​in assisting you ​​to choose the names​?
  1. My mother's family name was Robustelli, shortened to Robusto as they passed through Ellis Island. I have two Italian friends, Leonardo and Anna. (Although the book is not about my family, there are many references insiders would understand.) Some of my names are descriptive of character, Basso, Innocenti, and Drago, but otherwise I tried match surnames to an Italian region. I often search for names online and surf through lists until I find one that appeals to me.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
  1. Azzura. She's independent minded and smart. I would've tried to win her heart if I were in the book.

Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?
  1. Not particularly. But lots of research went into learning about steerage travel.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
  1. Leonardo DiCaprio is probably too old for Leonardo. The same for Violante Placido as Azzura. I'm sure Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola would get the casting right.

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)
  1. My favorite part of the publishing/writing process is writing as a creative outlet. Getting published in many ways is more difficult that penning a novel. There's huge competition, art is subjective, and whatever you create must be distinguished in the minds of agents and publishers.

Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
  1. I walked into a creative writing class with Ben Fountain when he was at UT Austin, and left wanting to be a writer. I spent years writing short stories and compiled a landfill worth of rejections. About three years ago, I began to receive acceptances and seventy of my stories have appeared in small print or online magazines.
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What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
  1. Embrace feedback and rejection as both an incentive and as a learning tool to improve. I know a number of people who so fear rejection that they won't submit their work for publication. You'll only succeed if you punch through the negativity.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
  1. I read my reviews and always thank the reviewer. With all the choices readers have, it's an honor that they've selected my work. Of course, I prefer if they like it. As I said above, this is art, and the reader is the judge of what they like.  

What are you working on now? What is your next project?
  1. I'm working on a modern thriller. An Italian-American from New York runs afoul of the Russian mob. I hope you won't be able to put it down.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
  1. I made the best decision I could, and lived with the consequence.

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