Interview with Nicola Marco Camedda

Published 2019-01-13.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think that the first story I ever read was Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, when I was a child.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, noir, classics, comics.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This novel is the beginning of a series of science fiction titled "Star Cluster Zero - Zero Star Cluster". The title of this first book is "Anomaly".
It is a story set in a reality in which the boundaries between humanity and technological progress are increasingly blurred.
From one day to the next, the protagonists see their lives changing. Their certainties, their belief is put to the test. So each of them is forced to get busy, to save, fight, question and find out what's going on. In this way the reader can have fun following their adventures. But there is also a deeper plot that develops itself creating a connection between the various stories and novels of the series.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story and on the following of Anomalia, the first novel in the Star Cluster Zero series - Zero Star Cluster.
Who are your favorite authors?
It is difficult to name only one favorite author ... Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Howard Philip Lovecraft, Stan Lee, Italo Calvino, Homer, Jonathan Hickman, etc. Let's say that I am fascinated by the ability to create universes where every story, big or small, is in some way connected. The first time I came into contact with this kind of storytelling was at a young age with Stan Lee and his superheroes. I have always found it tremendously fascinating to find connections between one story and another.
I do not think it is necessary to clarify that it is my opinion not to erect large dividing barriers between literature and comics (and at certain levels I would also add screenplay).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is always something to be completed, to be started, to be improved, to be experimented.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I do not write, I design websites and I realize graphic, I read, I study, I learn and I promote my books. And I keep myself in shape.
What is your writing process?
At the beginning there is always a basic idea. Over time I have developed the wise habit of writing down noteworthy ideas and insights. Then I work on it. I plan, elaborate, organize, create and undo. As I said, I work on it. Then I create traces. I draw the profiles of the characters and see how they move within the narrative lines. Sometimes it's just them, the characters, to give me a hand in the plots. Sometimes, however, they make me sweat a little. Then I move on to the text writing phase, chapter by chapter.
I'm used to not giving up with a chapter until it satisfies me. Although sometimes it can be difficult, my mission is to complete it and then move on to the next (and never before), following the traces and information previously processed. Clearly, everything does not take place always in such a schematic way. Sometimes, for example, it may be necessary to carry out research in order to document me on some topics. Other times instead I have to stop on some junctions of the plot. Then I move to various corrections and revisions, comparing my work with some trusted collaborators. There's a lot of work behind it, really a great job of discipline, sacrifice, dedication and lots of mistakes. Ultimately I think I have codified a method of writing with which I feel good, which I hope to refine and optimize over time.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think it is vital that the manuscript must be present in all the datacenters connected to the interplanetary communication network, in order to avoid excessive latency times in the transmission of data to the peripheral nodes of the galaxy.
Why do you write, but above all why do you write science fiction?
I spent my life absorbing stories, novels, comics, movies and TV series like a sponge. One day I decided to stop dressing exclusively in the role of the content consumer and I worked to create something with my hands. Writing is the means most congenial to me to realize what goes through my mind.
Why this literary genre? I was born and raised with science fiction in its various forms: written, visual, illustrated. In my humble opinion, science fiction is one of the most important and elevated communication codes that our civilization can still have. In an increasingly arid and apathetic world, science fiction offers a multi-faceted space where imagination, utopia, dream, adventure, criticism, mystery and exploration are still at home. Those who love science fiction (in its various sub-genres) love to cast their gaze beyond appearances, beyond the perceived and approved reality.
No matter what the reason is for people to love this genre. Even if only the taste of wanting to switch off and find entertainment in the name of the most pure and healthy fun. Or the thirst for knowledge, the insatiable hunger for answers. In any case, that's okay. Every age needs science fiction, and this is true even nowadays. Of course, in Italy things are certainly not booming. There is a certain gap between visual and literary sci-fi. Movies, TV series, comics, anime, video games are popular. Science fiction literature, on the other hand, does not fare too well. But I am convinced that this gap, this barrier can be demolished.
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Books by This Author

Assaltatori. Storie di coraggio nell'Ammasso Stellare Zero
Series: Star Cluster Zero - Ammasso Stellare Zero, Raccolta "Anomalia Prequel". Price: $4.35 USD. Words: 86,550. Language: Italian. Published: July 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
C'è chi ha messo la sua vita al servizio del mantenimento della pace e dell'ordine fra i sistemi stellari. C'è chi ha scelto di sfrecciare da un pianeta all'altro per prendere quello che gli spetta. Storie vissute in velocità a bordo di fenomenali vascelli al confine tra ciò che è giusto e ciò che è sbagliato. Storie di coraggio nell'Ammasso Stellare Zero.
Series: Star Cluster Zero - Ammasso Stellare Zero, Anomalia Prequel. Price: $2.27 USD. Words: 13,000. Language: Italian. Published: February 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Preparazione, coraggio, nervi saldi, forza, concentrazione, resistenza. È quanto viene richiesto a Lidya per superare questa sfida ad alto rischio. Vietato fallire.
Sergente Jay
Series: Star Cluster Zero - Ammasso Stellare Zero, Anomalia Prequel. Price: $2.27 USD. Words: 8,260. Language: Italian. Published: February 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Il sergente Jay non vede l'ora di indossare la propria uniforme modulare da combattimento. Riuscirà a dimostrare al Corpo degli Assaltatori di esserne ancora degna?
Series: Star Cluster Zero - Standalone. Price: $2.27 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: Italian. Published: December 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Masha, Bill e Kuma non si sentono più parte del loro mondo. Una pulsione irrefrenabile li spinge a fuggire dalla vita di ogni giorno, alla ricerca di risposte. Non hanno idea di cosa stia accadendo, ma sentono che devono andare fino in fondo. Cosa troveranno alla fine del loro viaggio?
Series: Star Cluster Zero - Ammasso Stellare Zero, Libro 1. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 189,100. Language: Italian. Published: December 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Nell’Ammasso Stellare Zero, la civiltà prospera grazie ai sorprendenti progressi raggiunti dalla ricerca scientifica. Il sistema predittivo di Bionneq è il suo più riuscito traguardo ma qualcosa sta per cambiare…