Interview with Renata Caffarelli

When did you first start writing?
I've always been a keen writer since childhood, but first began to consider it seriously aged 15, when I wrote some plays with two school friends.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a young man called George and struggle with his sexuality in the late 1960s and early 70s.
It was the era of sexual revolution but despite being legalised in the UK, it was still seen as taboo to be gay or bisexual. It's not just about his sexuality though. He's a well rounded character with a strong personality and ambitious drive. He is an art student with a low attention span (he would probably be diagnosed with ADHD if he was born later) and his main focus in life is music. But his friends don't see his potential, so the story is as much about his attempts to become a professional musician, as it is about discovering his sexuality. He is on two concurrent journeys.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a short story and my friend, an author suggested I self-publish. I never expected to make money, so delayed uploading my book. But she kept nagging, so I caved in and finally did it. And was surprised when it began to sell.
How do you approach cover design?
I know an artist, her name is K. Day, so I ask her to draw a picture (portrait A4) of what I want; something to set the mood of the story, yet subtle. I like the background to look dark and dramatic, with a bold title and strong colours.
Published 2016-12-30.
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