Today I'm thrilled to host an interview with author Jo Linsdell, not only because we've been collaborating for a while (remember the August bookish blog hops and the Christmas one?) but also because she's a Brit living in Italy and I'm an Italian living in the UK.
For how long have you been living in Italy, Jo?
I came here for 3 days back in June 2001, and I'm still here ;) Crazy to think it's been that long.
Wow. And since you moved to Italy, have you always lived in Rome?
No. Although we've mainly lived in the capital, we also spent some time living in Tivoli. It's a small town near Rome and definitely worth a day trip for those coming here on holiday. It's home to some beautiful villas and waterfalls.
I had the chance to visit Tivoli in my youth and I agree, it's well worth a day trip. How do you like living in Rome?
I've moved around a lot over the years and Rome is the place I feel most at home. As a city it's changed a lot since I've been here, and not all in a good way, but there's still so much to love about living here. There's so much to see and do too. I love history and art, and both are in abundance here.
Agreed. Rome is the perfect city for art and history lovers! I went several times and look forward to taking my daughter there. However, you must miss the UK. Can you tell us what you miss the most?
Mostly little things, like proper bacon. Italian bacon is different from the big cut we have in the UK. It's just not the same. Another thing I miss are the houses. Since moving to Rome I've lived in apartments. I miss having a house with a garden. I'd have to move out of the centre to have something like that here though.
I think the thing I miss most though is hearing my own language. When I go to the UK to visit I like that everyone is speaking English. I know that sounds odd. I'm bilingual and have no trouble speaking and understanding Italian now, but I miss hearing my own language. It's nice to go for a walk and just absorb the Englishness.
And I miss the Italianess. So, did you get married in Italy?
Yes. Here in Rome.
What inspired you to write A Guide to Weddings in Italy?
I'm married to an Italian, and thought others might benefit from the research I had to do to get married here. As with anything bureaucratic, working out what documents were needed, where we needed to go, and when, was a long process. Having gone through it all I figured others might find the information useful.
Was it easy for you to learn Italian? Is it why you decided to write Italian for Tourists?
When I first came to Italy I only planned on staying for 3 days and so didn't study the language beforehand. I learnt Italian by living here. It was hard in the beginning but I think the hardest part was getting out of my own way. I was afraid of making mistakes. Self doubt plays a big role in slowing down progress. Once I just threw myself into it and allowed myself to get things wrong it was actually much easier.
A lot of people told me I should write Italian for Tourists. I used to work with tourists and it would often come up in conversation. I used my own experience and the things that tourists wanted to know how to say to create a language guide specifically for them. One of most common comments about other phrasebooks was that there was too much information in them that wasn't relevant for tourists. Stuff like how to buy a house. Tourists don't need to know that, and it just gets in the way of finding the information they do need. Italian for Tourists is a bare bones phrasebook created specifically with tourists in mind.
Do you speak English to your children?
Yes. They both speak Italian and English.
They're very lucky. Changing subject: where is your current favourite place to write, and if you could pick any place in the world where would be your ideal place to write?
I have an office area in the corner of my bedroom with a desk, but rarely use it. I prefer to be comfy in my recliner armchair in the lounge. I don't really have an ideal place as such, but I find I can't concentrate if I'm out and about so would need to be at home, with some peace and quiet.
Your CV is impressive: you’ve written fiction and non-fiction books, you run your own website, you are the founder and CEO of Writers and Authors and Promo Day, have won several awards in your career, were named the Who's Who in the writing industry in 2009, and you are an illustrator too. If you had to pick the thing that you like to do the most that is writing related, what would you pick and why?
Now that is a hard question. It's like picking which of my kids I love the most. Impossible. I enjoy all aspects of my work. As long as I'm being creative I'm happy.
What are you currently working on?
I have several projects in the works at the moment. My new book 365 Days of Quotes for Writers is due for release on 17th January 2018 and so I'm busy with tasks related to the launch.
I'm also finishing writing the KOSMOS series and getting the last episodes ready for publication over the coming months, and working on edits for my novel Do You LIKE Me?
Is there a question you would have liked to answer but was never asked in an interview?
I've answered all sorts of questions over the years. Nothing springs to mind. Obviously the question I like most is "Where can we buy your work?" As I do a lot of different work the easiest answer to that one is my website, www.JoLinsdell.com. It has information and links for all my projects.
Thank you Jo, and best of luck in all your endeavours.
As host of today's stop of The Book Lovers Blog Hop, I welcome you all and invite you to read my answer to this question and the answers of other fellow bloggers right after mine.
Tomorrow you can read my answer to "Top 3 books you think everyone should read" on Tabitha Caplinger's blog.
The most thought-provoking book I’ve read is without any doubts The Biggest Secret by British investigative journalist David Icke, first published in 1999. It has taken me over 15 years to get my head round a few of the many groundbreaking concepts illustrated in this book, so I am not surprised when people’s first reaction is disbelief. Over the years, through other sources, personal experiences and world events, I have realised that what he exposes is mostly accurate and that the world is very different from what I believed it was like before reading this book.
In this well researched work, Icke discusses the origin of Earth, of mankind, of religions, and of money (which is created once a person borrows it from a bank, so money is created out of thin air, but we have to repay the loan and pay interest on it); the Hollow Earth theory; the murder of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales; the mind control programmes like MK Ultra and Project Monarch; the real reason behind GMOs and vaccines; Satanism and paedophilia; the micro-chipping of the human population; extra-terrestrials and Project Bluebeam; occult symbolism in art and architecture; the nature of reality; plans for a Third World War; and how powerful people in the world are all interconnected through institutions like the Club of Rome, the Bilderberg Group, the UN, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Trilateral Commission, and the Round Table which is at the centre of this web.
So what is the biggest secret? It’s that “a reptilian race from another dimension has been controlling the planet for thousands of years.” I can't think of anything more thought-provoking than this affirmation.
And now, here are the answers from my fellow bloggers:
Tabitha Caplinger www.tabithacaplinger.com
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. As a Christian I found the presentation of evil and how it thinks, and works in our lives to be so powerful and illuminating. I thought the choice to write from the complete perspective of the demons to be brilliant. It was engaging and with every chapter I felt like I was learning something so important to my faith.
Belinda Bekkers www.belindabekkers.com
A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, and Alice+Freda Forever by Alexis Coe.
V.L. Jennings www.virginialorijennings.com
Esaru Emoto’s The True Power of Water. It details a study on the power of words on the formation of ice crystals and hypothesized how negative words and positive words can affect the human body. Negative words when placed on a cup of water would form badly formed ice crystals, Positive words would come out with perfectly formed ice crystals.
On a more contemporary fiction level... The descriptions in A Wrinkle in Time were always thought provoking.
I also have a crystal book called Love Is In The Earth for which I am using as inspiration for a novel I’m working on. This book goes into the supposed healing powers and different vibrations of different types of crystals.
Jebraun Clifford www.jebraunclifford.com
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee were both thought-provoking books dealing with racism in the United States in the South. I read both of them as a young person, and they were difficult to get through. I appreciated how both authors tackled this subject with sensitivity and depth.
Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com
This has to be The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. I first read this book as a child and it hit me hard. Even now, every time I reread it, it still hits me hard. This is a book that everyone should read.
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Those of you who enjoyed reading Across Spacetime must be wondering whether there’s going to be a sequel. The answer is yes! I’ve almost finished it and I hope to send it to my publisher before my holiday in August.
I didn’t expect to write a series. However, in the months following the landing of the contract for Across Spacetime in July 2015, the plot for the sequel formed in my mind. After outlining its 30 chapters, in January 2016 I started to write my new book.
Like I did for Across Spacetime, I reached out for feedback. This time, though, for one reason or another, my first-readers have been unable to help me throughout the whole process, so as soon as I'm satisfied with my manuscript I will have to send it to a professional editor. Hopefully, he or she will be happy with most of it (fingers crossed). Once the editor returns it to me with his or her comments, I’ll address them and then send the manuscript to my publisher. After that? Holidays!
As the weather has been nice this week, yesterday I went to the Leas Promenade to enjoy the sun and tweak the plot of the last three chapters. Erm, no, it’s the other way round. I promise. I did work!
Tomorrow I’ll be doing book signing at the #FolkestoneComicCon2017. Come to see me on the balcony and you'll have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of Across Spacetime!
At the wee hours of last Sunday morning I appeared on The Brian and Sherri Show. I enjoyed talking to my hosts about Across Spacetime, how I’ve became a writer and my book signing at the Folkestone Comic Con next 7th May.
If you’ve missed it, here's the link to the Facebook episode. I'm in from 17.43.
Or you can listen to the podcast.
What part did you enjoy the most?
Me, when I was asked to keep them updated on my future publications and invited me back on the show!
I've been featured on the Promo Day 2017 website!
Check it out here:
As you may know, yesterday author Adrienne Lecter had to cancel her appearance due to ill health. I hope that she'll get well soon and that our paths will cross again in the future.
Luckily, author Kal Uddin is available to replace her.
Here's the schedule:
Lela Markham 3 pm-4 pm BST or 6 am -7 am Alaska Daylight Time
Tim Lewis 4 pm-5 pm BST or 11am-12pm EDT
Jessica Veter 5pm-6pm BST or 12pm-1pm EDT
Helena Trooperman 6pm-7pm BST or 1pm-2pm EDT
Angela Guidolin 7pm -8pm British Summer Time or 2-pm-3pm EDT
Terence Mitford 8pm-9pm BST or 3pm-4pm EDT
Kal Uddin 9pm-10pm BST or 4pm-5pm EDT
Melissa Macfie 10pm-11pm BST or 5pm-6pm EDT
To find out the correspondent time in your time zone, just follow the link:http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
And here are the Giveaway Prizes:
By Lela Marham: The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Daerman Cycle (Fantasy); and Life As We Knew It-Book 1 of the Transformation Project Series (Science Fiction)
By Tim Lewis: Timeshock: I Want My Life Back-Book 1 in the series (Science Fiction); and Magpies and Magic-Book 1 (Fantasy)
By Jessica S. Veter: The Eyes Have it (Science Fiction)
By Helena Trooperman: Good Fortune: A Futuristic Techno Thriller (Thriller)
By Angela Guidolin: 2 copies of Across Spacetime (authorgraphed)
By Terence Mitford: The Scarlet Club, (Thriller)
By Kal Uddin: Rise of the Red Harbinger-Book 1 of The Drowned Realm (Fantasy)
By Melissa Macfie: Fate's Hand- Book 1 of The Celtic Prophecy (Fantasy)
See you there!