Featured Interview With Luiz Valerio de Paula Trindade
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Sao Paulo (Brazil) where I have lived most of my life, but over the years I was fortunate enough to live in several countries, what has granted me the invaluable learning opportunities and also the enriching interaction with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Presently I live in the UK and I do not have a pet. Instead of that, I have a couple of cameras that allow me to enjoy my other passion that consists of taking pictures of different subject matters and explore them also in conjunction with my writing whenever possible and pertinent.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I understand that in our childhood the adult world acquires a super dimension and everything looks much bigger than what they really are, and that is fascinating. The good side of this perspective lays in the fact that the images stay ‘imprinted’ in our memories for life, and that has happened to me as well. I got in contact with the private library of my godparents at the age of 12-13 that not only fascinated me but has also ignited my love for books and writing, and for that, I am deeply and eternally grateful for them (I love you, Jayme & Diva).
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I usually read several different literary genres (poetry, religion, self-help, biography, art, photography, travel guides, history, romance, and so forth) and it is difficult to pick up just a few favourite authors. My reading preference is very much driven by my state-of-mind at that particular moment, and that is way I swing among different literary genres. But, to list just a sample of authors that I admire (equally for different reasons) I would say: Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Dickes, Franz Kafka, Laurentino Gomes, Fernando Pessoa, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Khaled Hosseini, and Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In my latest book “In between… life” I bring to the reader a selection of poems that are meant to offer moments of enjoyment, satisfaction, and well-being. For this purpose, the poems were carefully crafted in such a way to create engagement with the reader right from the beginning and making him/her feel completely at ease just like if he/she was having a conversation with a close friend. In addition, since one of my passions is photography, as I have mentioned before, the book is also beautifully illustrated with meaningful images prior to each poem. This way, the reader can experience the sensations conveyed in the poems at the maximum sensorial level possible.
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