Luca Domani on Writing, Books and ‘An American in Venice’ (author interview and guest blog)

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An American in Venice (World of Love) by Luca Domani
Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Available for Purchase at Dreamspinner Press

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Luca Domani here today talking about books, writing and his latest release, An American in Venice.  Welcome, Luca!

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An Interview with Luca Domani

How much of yourself goes into a character?

I think that there is always a bit of myself in each of my characters. In An American in Venice, Tom resembles me in that he also is a shy engineer. Like Tom, I also spent a lot of my younger years in school. Giovanni resembles me as well, since he is in the family business; I come from a family of scientists and engineers. He also feels that he is obligated to put aside his dream of becoming an international chef to keep his grandparent’s pizzeria going. In a similar way, I put aside my writing to focus on engineering. When it comes to matters of the heart, I am more like Giovanni – both of us are passionate and stubborn.

Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?

This question feeds back into the first one. I do use my own experiences – sometimes directly, and other times for inspiration and starting points. In this story, I also draw heavily on my own time in Venice to create the setting.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

When it comes to romance, my preference is for a happy ending in some form or another. I have been fortunate in love in my own life, and I enjoy reading stories where characters are similarly lucky. I suppose I am a bit of a sap; I wish that everyone could find their special person, including fictional characters.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?

When I was growing up, I tended to write only fantasy stories, so my inspirations included Piers Antony, David Eddings and J.R.R. Tolkien. Later on, I wrote mostly technical papers. Now that I am back to writing fiction, I find myself influenced by my time in graduate school. I prefer to be succinct, and I dislike flowery terms for genitalia and sexual acts. I admire spare prose: The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite works. I still enjoy fantasy and science fiction as well; one of my favorite authors is Brandon Sanderson.

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?

I think ebooks are here to stay. To be honest, I prefer holding a copy of a book in my hands and giving my eyes a break from the screen. There is something about the smell of a book, the feel and weight of the paper between my finger tips: these are all things that an ebook cannot duplicate. On the flipside, there is the convenience and the thriftiness of ebooks. There is something so wonderful about being able to carry a book in your pocket, or even a whole shelf of books. My hope is that ebooks and paper books can both exist in harmony, although it seems that electronic media is quickly edging out printed media. If there is a future where bookstores and libraries are obsolete, I don’t want to see it.

Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why?

Well, I have only published two books to date, but I do enjoy An American in Venice, because it also reads as a travelogue. It was fun taking a trip back to Venice through my writing and reliving many of the special memories during my time there.

What’s next for you as an author?

I have another M/M romance in the works. Hopefully I can get over my current case of writer’s block and get it finished! And eventually, I hope to finish my zombie apocalypse novel.

Blurb: 
Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his job, he throws caution to the wind for the first time in his life and books a European holiday.

Maybe Tom shouldn’t be surprised that Cupid’s arrow finds him in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. When he encounters Giovanni working in the family pizzeria, it’s lust at first sight. Their time together touring the city is so magical it feels like a dream. But Tom is shy while Giovanni is charming and flirtatious. Tom has a newfound freedom with his unemployment, while family burdens weigh heavily on Giovanni. Add culture differences and miscommunication into the mix, and their brief romance might fade as quickly as the beautiful dream it resembles.

About the Author
 
Luca Domani has been writing stories since childhood. Although he has a doctorate in engineering, he has never given up on his dream of being a writer. He adores science fiction and is partial to postapocalyptic epics with zombie hordes, but at heart, he is a hopeless romantic. Luca is married to his high school sweetheart, who is his muse and the love of his life. They reside in Massachusetts with their dog and cat. An American in Venice is his second publication outside of a technical journal.

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