Author Interview: Janette Lart

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

I would have no particular suggestions, better to follow your intuition. Probably everyone would like to write a success story, that is comprehensible, but there is a risk of depersonalising the style and creating something artificial. Being yourself with your own level of personal and artistic maturity makes the work, if not famous, unique.

Do you prefer ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I personally use ebooks the most. They are more convenient to take with you, you can carry more works that you have started reading. Buying an ebook is more affordable, then, after reading the work, if you liked it and plan to include it in your physical library, you can also buy the printed copy. If I have to gift a book, I always prefer the printed one.

I love audiobooks when I am travelling.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

The title is the starting point, so thinking about it straight away helps me in the development of the story, of the central theme.

The title is also the last thing to be adjusted, both in reference to the cover and to the completed story.

It is good to check if there are other books with the same title and do a research, in which case a slight modification will help to distinguish it.

How many hours a day do you write?

I divide my time into number of characters when I write. I usually set myself the target of writing 4000-5000 a day. I like to get up early and take advantage of the cool morning air during the summer time. Throughout the rest of the day I think, get inspired by nature and I often go for bike rides. The major work is done by my thinking. I often take photos that help me to fix an emotion to be reproduced later in my work.

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

I celebrate when the work is published, but especially when the author-copy arrives at home.

I prepare the book presentation, so I can celebrate with my readers.

If you could be a character in one of your favorite books, who would you be?

Certainly not the protagonist. I am often attributed the events of the protagonist, but a part of me hides in a minor character, a bit of a rebel and not at all heroic.

What are common traps for new authors?

Technology, artificial intelligence are means, they should not replace writers.

Depending too much on the taste of their readers can also be a trap, with no possibility of growth and exploration of other literary genres

When did you first call yourself a writer?

Only recently, when I read my name among the authors at the International Turin Book Fair

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

It depends on several circumstances. In the past, I have participated in literary competitions with a predefined genre, theme and length.

Other times, a social theme has stimulated my reflections. The framework of fiction or poetry is the result of personal imagination and creativity.

Which book or projects are you working on now?

My first fantasy for very young teens, set in the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea, has just been released. At the moment the format is ebook, in English, I am working on the printed book in two languages, Italian and English. The title actually contains a word in both languages, “Home, casa”.

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