This week Mark Tedesco is sharing his new book, The Dog on the Acropolis with me. His book is a story of the adventures of a dog living on the Acropolis who forms transforming relationships with humans.
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
Though I appear outgoing and comfortable, most people don’t know that I have some social anxiety when in a group of people. Another thing many don’t know is that I used to live in Italy and I speak Italian fluently.
What did your best review say about your work?
“…This is such a heartwarming book. I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was very happy throughout my time reading. From the first page I was drawn into the story and I felt as if I were not an observer, but a participant. I started reading thinking I would learn about the Acropolis, but what I learned was so much more.
I would recommend this book to everyone who has a special place in their heart for dogs. It is a clean read and suitable for the young to the elderly…”
What did your worst review say about your work?
I do not have a negative review yet. 3 reviews posted on Amazon so far.
How important are the names of any characters in your book?
The names of the characters are linked to geography (the story takes place in Athens, Greece) and to time (the story takes place in two time periods, 2,500 years apart). So I had to research and make sure that the names of the characters corresponded to names used in that place and in those historical periods.
How did you choose a title for your book?
The title actually came to me as I was walking up the Acropolis and came across a stray dog, who led me up to the top. When I returned the next evening, the same dog was there, accompanying me to the Acropolis. Hence the name.
Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?
It is difficult to make a living as a writer so many of us have our primary professions (teaching high school, in my case) as well as our passion for writing.
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
The biggest challenge in writing my book is getting the story on paper. Often the narrative comes into my imagination, either complete or piece by piece. The difficult part is getting myself to sit it front of my computer, face a blank page, and write it. Once the rough draft is written everything else is easy.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Do not self edit. Let your creativity and imagination take you where they want to go. Don’t re-read your draft before you have finished it, don’t worry about or correct grammar. Don’t even worry about writing the story in a certain order. Write as the inspiration comes. The second draft is where you can create more order. You will stifle your own creativity if you try to make your rough draft perfect.
How do you remain sane whilst writing?
I write a little at a time, consistently, but I do not sit in front of the computer all day. Some days I may write for 1-2 hours, another day for 15 minutes. I don’t force it.
I find my inspiration by paying attention to life, by writing what i know and by reflecting on my own experiences.
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote your book?
I made a t-shirt with my name on it and the website where my books can be found. But I never ended up wearing it.
Where can I find out more about Mark and his book?
You can find The Dog on the Acropolis in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon.
You can meet JP on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/home@MarkTedesco5
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