Dave Di Vito


Dave Di Vito is a Melbourne born writer based in the south of Italy and works as a translator, teacher and blogger.
A former gallerist and curator, Dave has spent a considerable amount of time living and working abroad in Asia and Europe.
In 2016 Dave published his debut novel Vinyl Tiger and is now preparing his new novel #replacementsky which will be published in early 2017.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne. It's so far south that the idea of 'sunny hot Australia' rarely applies there.
Back then I remember feeling the isolation of the place, even if in some parts of Melbourne and Sydney, it was so multicultural that it was like a parallel world.
Melbourne is a great place for indie culture and it has a really bohemian past. That also influenced me because from a young age I was always interested in doing something different. As an art student I really bought into the idea that you had an obligation to yourself to find your own way.
I think Melbourne was a great place for a kid from a multicultural background back then. It wasn't perfect but I was really inspired by the mix of mainstream and indie culture and by the real DIY tradition of the arts there. All of that has really influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
As a kid I was such a nerd, always working away on little creative writing or art projects.
As a teenager I volunteered at one of the local newspapers where I used to do Copywriting. Back then I was sure I wanted to be a journalist. With time I got more interested in art and photography though, so that took me into another direction.
I didn't really think about writing again until I was in my early twenties when I started writing a manuscript. I did it as a side project, kind of to distract me from my photography. But I got such a rush from completing it that I just kept at writing from that point on.
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Where to buy in print


Vinyl Tiger Vol.1: the 80s
Price: Free! Words: 72,990. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Biographical
Vinyl Tiger: Vol.1: 80s charts the early years of a new kind of star: one that is made, not born. Alekzandr is a queer pop act whose ambition is to become an icon who makes waves, not just music. After a gruesome event in India, Alekazandr must gather himself in his quest to live an interesting life and to achieve his ambitions. This is the first volume of the serialized version of Vinyl Tiger.
Vinyl Tiger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 217,810. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Out of the ashes of post-punk London, a queer dance music artist sets out on what becomes a decades-long journey at the forefront of mainstream pop. Vinyl Tiger is the story of a star; self-made, not born. One, who despite every conceivable obstacle and shortcoming, clings to the determination to follow his heart, whatever the consequences. Because, the best [pop] stars make waves, not just music.

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