Interview with Massimo Marino

Massimo Marino interviewed by Judy Goodwin
Massimo Marino is a scientist and has been writing since he was young.
What drew you to writing? What was the first thing you ever wrote?
I wrote since I’ve been able to hold a pencil in my toddler’s hands. I created stories in my mind, and I wanted to remember them and read them later. My father and older brother received sci-fi magazines and at first I wasn’t allowed to read because I was too young, but I liked the cover pictures, so I invented stories based on those images.The first story I wrote is a bit lost in the fog of old memories but it had to do with a kid who transformed into a dolphin when looking at the full moon seen from a crack on the vault of a seaside cavern.
It looks like you write short stories as well as books. What about each format appeals to you?
I like the immediacy of the short stories, where a spark of inspiration sees instant gratification. Anything can trigger a short story, a bit like the Madeleine of Proust. A novel is an adventure, it is a quest in uncharted territories, and the excitement of the unknown is thrilling. I know roughly where I want to go, but during the first draft the story becomes alive, the characters deepens and start acting independently. This is where the fun starts, I become the first reader of the story and twists and surprises are what I look for when writing.
You seem to have elements of religion or good and evil in several of your works. Why is that?
I grew up in a family where religion had a big role on everyday activities. My school was also a religious institution, managed by the Jesuits, and it lasted till high school diploma. At school, I attended mass 3 or 4 times a week, and my education and formation had been influenced by those years. Now it’s different, and I tend toward agnosticism, but I believe I can’t mask the past.
Tell me about your latest book.
The latest work is the sequel to “Daimones”, and volume 2 of “The Daimones Trilogy”. The novel takes place seven years after the event described in “Daimones”, and the reborn human society has to face again conflicts and hidden agendas that endanger the human race again, bringing the planet on the brink of self-destruction once more. Needless to say, the utopian promises in “Daimones”, show their dystopian aspect in “Once Humans”.
What inspires you?
Everything and Nothing. I take mental note of details, situations, parts of conversations, news, or mental visions of what could be if… The more I let the subconscious take the lead, and the less I think about an inspiration, the more ideas seem to queue in the frontal cortex.
What project will you be working on next?
Book number 3 of the trilogy. What is going to happen after the events in “Once Humans”. There’s a lot already simmering and taking shape that will affect hundred of years for the Selected and the new transgenic human race.
Who is your favorite writer, and why?
I grew up reading sci-fi, so all the big names mostly, from Isaac Asimov to Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, to name just a few and then other genres too, Tolkien, Stephen King, Tom Clancy and others. Italian authors, too, like Svevo, Calvino, Sciascia, and also Greek mythology authors, the ones I used to hate at school and that are instead fantastic writers and authors. We live with myths daily, even if we do not realize it. I’d say the favorite writer is the one I happen to read at every moment: each book is a lesson and an opportunity to grow for a writer.
What advice do you have for other writers?
To be persistent and fulfill your dreams. I still have to fulfill mine…so never despair. Read and write a lot; it is the best way to learn how to write.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Daimones - Italian Edition
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Stranded Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Sanity is only skin deep. Love can be much deeper. This collection of short stories explores how the strongest love can lead to evil, horror, and madness. Five short stories exploring how the greatest evil and cruelty can ultimately point - Tender Moments - Love is Forever - Till Death Do Us Part - Mother's Love - A Love To Live For