Featured Interview With Dario Cannizzaro
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Napoli, Italy, in 1982. I went to school there, and spent my high school years in Pozzuoli, a small coastal town full of ancient Roman temples. We used to play football in the Temple of Venus. I finished high school and lived a bit everywhere in Italy, until I moved to Ireland in 2011.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading very young, so much so that I don’t remember an age where I wasn’t reading a book or a comic. I started writing at seven – The Mystery of the Mysterious Mystery Woman was my first story – and never stopped since.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are Jose Saramago, Cormac McCarthy, and Denis Johnson for their style; but I do love Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Liu Cixin, Philip K Dick, Andy Weir – I’ve a soft spot for SciFi!
When I write, I try to write stories I’d like to read. Common people in weird circumstances. I let the story be, and add my comments here and there. It’s like watching a living thing, that I only have to describe.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Dead Men Naked is my debut novel. The title is an homage to Dylan Thomas’ poem “And Death Shall have no dominion”.
I wrote that book to deal with mortality; mine, and the one of my loved ones. As one reviewer put it, this book is my take on the questions “What does it mean to die, what is beyond our own death? And what does it mean to cling to objects and people in this life?” – all of it narrated in a very light-hearted and poetic way, as the protagonist has to go on a road trip with his own Grim Reaper.
It’s funny and tender and dark and profound, all together. Since I have a knack for poetry, this book is filled with poetic phrases and references – because life and death are two verses of the same poem.
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