Today’s interview is with Anna “Annina” Lorenzi, author of Meeting Laura – A novel loosely and partially inspired by the life of…
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Anna Lorenzi, but friends and family call me “Annina”. That’s why my author name is Anna “Annina” Lorenzi. I live in Milan, Italy.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The title of my newest book is: Meeting Laura – A novel loosely and partially inspired by the life of…
It’s in the genre of contemporary fiction.
3) What is the book about?
My book was professionally and amazingly translated by Starleen K. Meyer from the Italian, Incontrando Laura…, and was released this last May 19th as a Kindle eBook and paperback. It’s available on all Amazon stores.
It’s dedicated to “…those minds wanting to think, to those hearts wanting to beat, to the brave and the crazy.”
The protagonist? A young writer with a dream to follow and a challenge that he can’t *not* accept. The ending? A surprise for many readers. The blurb intrigues: “An unusual trip, seemingly simple, … narrated among thoughts, memories, emotions, and clear images depicting her, Laura, really that same Laura that the whole world knows and acclaims… (or maybe not?).”
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Various things inspired me to write this book. The idea was born suddenly when here in Italy we began to hear of bachelor and master degrees for being influencers; some concepts (described in the pages of my novel) that are a profound part of me and for which I felt like I wanted to narrate them in other forms, again; and the knowledge – if “virtual” – of the real Laura who contributed, as an example of a type of woman, to the development of the idea of this project.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Considering that I usually write when caught up in the spirit of the moment, almost as if it were a need to satisfy, following the flow of images and ideas that I suddenly see so clearly in my mind, the gestation sometimes is as long as the actual writing, so all in all, it probably took me just about a couple of months for the very first draft. This then became four months while looking over some aspects little by little with my proofreaders, and then a few months more for the English translation.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Fortunately, yes! Since it was my first self-published project, I had to investigate the many options available and to try to understand and learn the mechanisms, how to do it well before, during and after the publication, and so on and so forth. There’s a lot of effort required, and it never ends!
In addition, having categorically decided immediately that my book was to go out in both Italian and English, I also learned how to work in a professional way with a translator, something I had never done, before. What can I say? For sure I was completely lucky in meeting a person like Starleen K. Meyer, who is fantastic personally and professionally (and from whom, I confess, I’m also learning to improve my English!).
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Sure I do! I have a blog dedicated to my creative writing – annina19.com – that has been partially translated (by Starleen, naturally) into English for things not directly related to my book, while everything about my book – posts, interviews, articles – has been translated by her into English. On the blog, it’s also possible to find a preview video in English and Italian about the book. The link is on various pages, for example, on this page at the end of a great Q & A session with my followers in which I talk about myself, my book that was about to be published at that time, and… about Laura. I highly suggest them: https://annina19.com/meeting-laura-anna-annina-lorenzi-author-novel-interview/.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I think that others will decide if they are “successful,” or not, but they certainly are sincere. Suggestion n. 1: write, write, write, but – possibly – only when you feel the “need” to do it. Suggestion n. 2: follow your instinct and your emotions, don’t think about what the reader might want from you, feel free to express yourself 100% and in your own words, and always be honest with your readers. Suggestion n. 3: be at one and the same time enthusiastic about your writing, but also self-critical; yes, keep in mind the “container,” but absolutely do not ever forget the quality of the content. Finally, suggestion n. 4: stay humble, and keep an open mind.
Regarding external collaborators for your project, well, try to find people you trust, with whom you can work well, and with whom you have the right “feeling.” Everything will be better this way.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
The genre that I prefer is fiction, but I also like mysteries, poetry, the classics… every book that can capture, captivate, transmit something profound, move me, and – why not?! – make me reflect.
About your second question, honestly, I’d like to read new authors and review their work, but the reality is that my time is extremely limited, and if you’re talking about something written in English, unfortunately for me the reading isn’t so easy and natural, so doing a review well would be very tiring. I’m quite sorry for this; I’d like to be able to exchange ideas, suggestions and opinions with my American, English, and Canadian and other “colleagues,” especially since I get the feeling that the idea of what constitutes “good narrative” could be quite different from what could be an Italian idea about it, or maybe my idea about it.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
This is really hard to say. Maybe instinctively and coming from the heart, a book that my dad and I used to read together comes to mind: Pinocchio. I think that the reason lies in its ties to happy memories of my childhood.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, I have two marvelous beagles, mother and son. They are my shadows (or maybe even my “suckerfish”) 7/7 24/24, LOL!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I usually prefer reading printed books, but as an alternative, I have used my Mac or iPad to read pdf files or Kindle books.
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