He’s an international gentleman with a scientific background. Massimo Marino spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He’s also partner in a new start-up in Geneva for smartphone applications: TAKEALL SA. Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily. But calm down, he swears he’s not a smuggler!
Being a gentleman, of course he plays golf. 🙂
So, let’s learn more about him!
Please, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi Renata, thanks for the opportunity to be with you and your readers. I’m Italian, or should I say, Sicilian. Palermo is my home town and I left it in 1986. I now have lived more years abroad than in Italy. Needless to say, I have changed in many and different way than my old friends there.
I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States. For work, I used to travel some 500,000 air miles a year. I am a scientist as a background, having spent over 17 years in fundamental research. Most of my writing are academic stuff. I worked for many years at CERN, near Geneva—an international lab for particle physics research—then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In 1995 I moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc., and then for the World Economic Forum.
Some say I have acquired a multi-faceted personality 😉
How long have you been writing?
Many years, could not count them. Mostly—as I said—academic writing, but since my teen years I have written novelettes and short stories that always ended up in a drawer and then lost. Still in my mind though. Daimones, the first volume of a planned trilogy, is the very first non-fictional work that is published.
Do you remember the first story you wrote?
I should not say that because I would then be accused of plagiarism, but my first story was about a boy who had been recruited as warden for the human race and ends up as the Earth pilot representative in a power struggle at a galactic level. It was fun but not realistic. Definitely not hard science fiction.
Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?
I played football as a Quarterback for 18 years and then played golf for 18 years. Golf is bound to add to the year count. Football doesn’t have a chance anymore.
What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?
“This story is brilliant. It screams for a sequel”
Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?
I’d like to recommend my Editor, Rebecca Stroud. I have learned from her a lot. I met her through one of her book, “Zellwood: A Dog Story”, and I discovered what impeccable editing, flow, and drama can do to a story. She has written other books, all with stellar reviews.
Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?
I can’t say it came from someone. There are stories that build up in the mind of any writer, or aspiring one. Sometimes you are able to contain them all your life and no one will ever think of you as a writer. Other times a story breaks free and you can’t but start writing it. It becomes inevitable.
Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
I am working at the sequel of “Daimones”: The story sets the stage for what happens next, and what comes after “Daimones” is complicated.
What is your favorite of your books? Why?
The one I am writing at the moment. Why? Because it is the one for which you dream, lose sleep, sweat, scream at, and bleed for.
What is your favorite of your characters? Why?
All of them are favorite ones, in a sense. But if I had to choose one, I’d say the one for which I have to write about in the future. He or she is in there, waiting to come out, and I am intrigued and fascinated because—my experience—all of my characters come to an independent life and do and say things that surprise me. Sometimes negatively so.
Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?
I’m on twitter and I think I will have to go on facebook too. But I am starting to appreciate a lot goodreads. There are lots of readers there and I am meeting lots of writers too. Apart from those, my favourite at the moment are the threads I share with fellow writers at the Amazon threads. Great people, none excluded, and very helpful, too.
How do you feel about marketing your books?
Terrible. I know I am not doing the right things and not doing enough of them, either. Would you like to market my book(s) for me?
Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?
Thank you for this. So, links are:
and if any reader would like to follow and be followed, I am @MASSIM0MARIN0 on twitter.
Also, my Editor (She has done an amazing job) is Rebecca Stroud, and her page on Amazon is: http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Stroud/e/B00460RZMQ
Thank you Renata for this pleasant chat with you, and thank you reader who read this through. I write for myself, of course—the story breaking free—but I write for every reader out there. If I can make so that one spends a good time in the world I created, care for the characters that speak through the pages, and is willing to share the emotions and feelings I hope to transmit, I have found gold. There is not a greater reward than a reader who sends a “Thank you” note.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Massimo! It was a pleasure to have you here.
And let me tell you, this sentence is perfect for me too: “(My favorite of my books is) The one I am writing at the moment. Why? Because it is the one for which you dream, lose sleep, sweat, scream at, and bleed for.“
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