26 January, 2015

#Interview with Agostino Scafidi

Agostino Scafidi. Montreal, Canada.

For readers to purchase my eBook:
My eBooks come in mobi, epub, pdf, doc w/ cover.

Sample for you and your readers:

What is your usual writing routine?
Lately, I tend to keep a document window open while I'm going about sending promotional emails and I'll write anywhere from one to three poems a day. Sometimes I'll write on a pad of paper, but that has been more on the rare side since I've begun focusing more on poetry. I don't push myself too hard when it comes to writing because I feel like my best poems emerge when I take a more observant position.

What inspires you to write?
I've never made a deliberate choice to write. I've always felt drawn to it. I've played guitar for many years and when I was learning about music I was also learning about how to become more aware of the inspiration that flows inside of us and how it's sort of connected intrinsically to the universe around us. It's with that type of attuning I approach my writing. I let the words be a vehicle for that which I'm feeling inside. This isn't to say that everything I write is about me either. Although sometimes of course it is.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
My three previous eBooks were not poetry, they were fiction. I've always written poetry from time to time over the years though, and I guess I felt quite compelled after my last eBook to begin collecting my poems into a similar format. I had a strong feeling of being pulled towards this new direction and I just went with it.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Yes, I definitely enjoy reading. I don't read very fast, so I tend to take a while with the book I'm currently reading. I also don't spend many hours in a day reading. Sometimes around 1 or 2 hours. My favourite authors would have to be, in no particular order, Carlos Castaneda, Steig Larsson, Eckhart Tolle, L.M. Montgomery, Marquis de Sade. There might be others I'm leaving out, but these are the names that come to me when I think about it. I believe that in some way they have all affected my writing style, but I wouldn't be able to pinpoint how exactly. I admit I'm not aware of their affect on me. Possibly, in one way, it's that they've given me more courage to write what I otherwise would be too scared to write.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
I'd bring a guitar, a knife, and an umbrella.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a place to go and unwind?
I have always found taking a walk to be very good for me. I also like to smoke cigarettes, for now anyway, I'm sort of on and off with them, and I enjoy that too. I also like to hang out with a friend and listen to music, talk about whatever.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I have a strong curiosity to visit North Korea. I have always been fascinated with that country's extreme differences to what I've known in life, so much so that I'd want to see it for myself.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
Yes, I will be releasing a new poetry eBook sometime in the next couple of months. I'd also like to point out that my online store agostinoscafidi.bigcartel.com provides the reader with multiple digital formats suitable for any reading device and I accept PayPal as well as Credit Card payments. Thank you very much for reading this and thanks to the blogger for giving me this interview opportunity.

The poetry you'll meet in this collection will be biting, defensive, cynical and sarcastic. Dark humour is used to elaborate upon bleak life outlooks. At many times the spirit in these poems are rooted in antonymous rebellion. All that said, the reader will also encounter various instances synonymous with the proverbial "light at the end of tunnel".

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Dec 1 2014


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