Thursday, June 14, 2018
Guest Blogger: Adam Zorzi
What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
Curiosity. People and their every day actions are fascinating. I observe an interaction, see others react, and think why did that happen? Why those people? At that time time? In that place? What one thing might have changed the entire scenario? I might write both a factual and fanciful version for later use in a story.
Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I was born in Venice, Italy and moved to New York with my family at a young age. I was educated here in both architecture and law. Long walks in every part of the city are a favorite activity. I also love to travel, attend films and opera, and spend time with my friends. I run, swim, and ski, but am an avid armchair tennis fan. I can easily watch a match between Federer and Nadal that may last five hours.
Please tell us about your latest book.
After the publication of my holiday novel Auld Acquaintances, I've written short stories. Two were recently published - Low Country Boil and An Unexpected Gift - both as part of Solstice anthologies and stand alones.
What can we expect from you in the future?
A summer beach read. I love reading them and wanted to write one. I want to capture the lightness of a breezy read, but tell a good romantic story. It's not set in Nantucket so I think that will be a change for beach book fans. I always have works in progress, including a medical romance series.
What kind of research do you do?
Thorough. As a reader, I find it frustrating to read a book set in a place or has a character playing a sport when it's clear the author has no idea about either. I strive to be accurate and enjoy researching locations and characters' backgrounds and occupations. I once wrote about a family of long-distance sailors. I don't know anything about the sport and ended up reading several memoirs as well as technical manuals and watching competitive races on YouTube. What do you think of critique groups in general?
Mine is fantastic. It's diverse with authors of multiple genres. That hasn't mattered. They provide so much in terms of plot points, grammar, and character motivations. They're not afraid to say, "This is an info dump. Delete it." It's small so we each get to have our work critiqued at least once a month. I was fortunate to find a great group the first time. We each really want the others to succeed.
Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
My first published book Blind Spot was a joy to write and the lovers—beautiful scheming Bella and smart loving Daniel—remain dear. However, I enjoy all my lovers when I'm writing. If I don't believe in a couple, I can't expect readers to make that leap.
What is your writing routine?
The story is blocked out in my head before I type a word. I write straight through and then revise. I don't print manuscripts, but I do read them thoroughly before revising. Of course, there's always a rogue character who creates a plot or subplot I hadn't pre-determined and that makes the book better.
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Write. If you're passionate about writing, you can't really stop yourself from doing so. Submit what you write when it's ready. Beware of contests that charge an entry fee. If you're going to spend money for writing practice and advice, take legitimate classes or workshops. Be open to fair criticism.
How do we find out about you and your books?
My website is adamzorzi.com. I'm on the Solstice Publishing website and amazon's Author Central. I'm on social media—Facebook (AdamZorzi), InstaGram (adamzorziauthor), and Twitter (@AdamZorzi). Twitter is what I use most because I enjoy interacting with readers, authors, and interesting people.