20 questions: Interview by writer Don Massenzio

Interview by Don Massenzio, see the author blog.

Today we sit down with author Claudine Giovannoni.  She is going to tell us about her inspiration and work.

Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions:


claudine-giovannoniQ1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I loved to intrigue people with my stories since I was able to speak… I always kept a diary and when I started flying around for work, I used to write down many things from my feeling, the countries I visited, the people I met, about their habits… albeit some funny and some sad stories.

Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?

A couple of years. I am never in a hurry, and the ideas have to first ripen… priorities are my kids and family, my cats… I am morally involved protecting fauna and flora (my husband is the World Wildlife Foundation – WWF president in southern Switzerland)… as Buddhists, we have much to share with whom are interested. I build up several ideas of changing the bad things happening in the world, so I start giving a good example.

Q3) What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I go around with a moleskin block notes. Ideas happen during the most improbable moments; I keep a trace, make some drawings, and try to fix the “instant” sometimes with music… but most of all I need to be in a quiet place, with some of my cats, the laptop, and my notes.

Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to imagine something magic, although for many people magic require such an openness of mind to understand…

Q5) How are your books published?

I was lucky enough to get my books published the traditional way. I am afraid I would not be able to be an “indie” even I do not know from where I should start. I need to have a book in my hands. Feel the paper and get the smell of the ink into my nostrils.

Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Mostly from my dreams. I am capable of dreaming with open eyes as well… Actually, there is always some autobiographical note… especially when I describe places and/or peoples.

Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first novel is a kind of collections of many adventures I told my kids when they were little. It was around 14 years ago. In the book, I describe many places I have seen when working for an airline, and the “adding” some touch of fantasy. There are four dragons, the protectors of the Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, which are taken from the old Japanese mythology.

Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Travel around the world with or without my family, be in nature or stay lazy with my beloved cats… or help others.

Q9) What is your favorite book?

The Lord of the Rings

Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?

They all love my novels (or if they do not, actually then do not tell me). Sometimes you need to be captivated by the topics, which are tied up with myths, especially the Irish ones, and the traveling everywhere around the planet. We have such a beautiful Home! It is important to describe it with many emotions; this should help people to care more for Planet Earth…

Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That dreams took consistency.

Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?

The “cleaning up and cutting down” to make a story more easy to read and understand. Sometimes I am very poetic and I like to express it by digressing in descriptive details very precise. The reader (maybe closing her/his eyes to ease the process) may be convinced of being personally in the story.

Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I published five books, but my favorite is the last one that is not jet published. Taiga’s Dream tells a story about a cellist and her daughter, a prodigy young violinist… Fiona Moira and Vladimira took the Tran Siberian train to the Lake Baikal: there is the mysticism of the Shamans and the magic of Music in each page. Both my kids and my husband just inspired me, since they are musicians.

Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?

Actually, I prefer to call myself “citizen of the world”, I am not a writer.

I still learn each day something more from all the bloggers and books I read… I do not know if there is a “perfect” writer, each one of us can write. I try just to remain myself, a person in love with life, who cares about nature and all sentient beings. Writing is a way to give others to feel some special emotions, to take them along the story and really make them “participate” and be involved. I guess is important, to be honest with the readers and share with them openness without bluffing.

Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much? How and what kinds of things do they say?

Some people do not like to write feedbacks and I do not ask or force them, sometimes I can tell from a cute smile that a friend loved a story I wrote. Others say that you need to read a couple time my novels since there are so many details that you miss because you hurry ahead to see how the plot develops. For some of them maybe I am a bit too much poetic within descriptions… but there are not enough words to describe the beauty of a sunset!

Q16) What is your preferred reading audience?

Sensitive people. People who want to change the world for the future generations, people who are convinced they can make a difference! The one who believes strongly in a better world and into the power of our mind to reach the highest goals. How to explain it? An adult who still nourish the child inside himself… if this is enough clear for you.

Q17) What do you think makes a good story?

Depends, on the audience. I am very meticulous when I choose a new book. I do not like to be misguided by marketing actions, which are the makers of the best sellers, mostly full of sex and violence. I like to plunge into something quite different, something that leaves me a strong emotion but has not to be by forced empathy. Definitely, this is very subjective and maybe related to a special personal mood.

Q18) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I guess am still a little girl, believe me.

I wanted to become an astronaut. I did not even start getting serious into it since I was not good in math and physics’. Anyhow, I spent more than 12.000 flight hours at 10.000 meters above the sea level… isn’t that amazing?

Q19) Where can we find your books?

The first four, in the original Italian version, you may order them on the web IBS or directly in a bookshop; the last Novel “The Annwyn’s Secret” is translated into English by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. – London and is available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annwyns-Secret-Claudine-Giovannoni/dp/1785544632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471286135&sr=1-1&keywords=the+annwyn+secret

Q20) Can we learn more about you and your writing?

Yes. Click on this link for an article about one of my books:

https://translature.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-annwyns-secret-by-claudine-giovannoni/

Claudine’s Books:

cover1Il Kumihimo del Sole (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2006 ¦  Italian)

cover2Il Cristallo della Pace (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2010 ¦  Italian)

cover3Nebbie nella Brughiera (novel – Seneca Edizioni Torino 2009 ¦  Italian)

cover5I quattro Elementi (illustrated story – Macromedia Edizioni Torino 2010 ¦  Italian)

cover4Tracce (poetry anthology – Edizioni Ulivo Balerna 2011 ¦  Italian)

cover6Il Segreto degli Annwyn (novel – Edizioni Ulivo Balerna ¦  Italian)

The Annwyn’s Secret (novel – Austin Macauley Ltd. – London ¦ English)

Connect with Claudine:

https://claudinegiovannoni.com

https://annwynsecret.wordpress.com

https://taigasdream.wordpress.com/

Review * Recensioni

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“Nothing in life is worth turning your back on, if you love it.”     Albert Camus

Diversi lettori mi hanno inviato i loro commenti o considerazioni su questo mio ultimo romanzo! Non essendo purtroppo rintracciabile su IBS.it, non potete pubblicare direttamente le vostre recensioni…
Per l’autore, il parere dei suoi lettori è molto importante.

Potete ora inserire la vostra recensione o suggerimenti direttamente qui sottoforma di commento, oppure inviare un e-mail a:
contact@travelclaudine.ch

Grazie di vero cuore!!!      :-)claudine

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Literary presentation * presentazione letteraria

Dear friends and followers, after the success of last April in Ascona, in June there will be a new presentation in Lugano.

The presentation of the novel will be held at the

Canvetto LuganoWednesday, June 29, 2013 at 18:30

This time I’ll have the honor of being accompanied in music from my children Emanuele Giosuè (piano) and Sara Luna  (violin and cello).
We’re looking forward to see you!

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The final cover of the novel…

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The graphics has remained the same, only for the title was used a larger “character”.

La grafica è rimasta uguale, unicamente per il titolo è stato usato un “carattere”  più grande.

Literary Presentation and Fantasy in Music

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           The Essence of our Future…  starts Today

  sabato 20 aprile 2013 dalle ore 17:00

nella sala patriziale di

Casa Serodine

Vicolo San Pietro 9

6612   Ascona  Canton Ticino

si terrà la  PRESENTAZIONE  del romanzo di   Claudine Giovannoni

 intitolato:

IL  SEGRETO  DEGLI  ANNWYN

                                                                                             collana  “I Randagi”     formato 17×24  248 pag. rilegato  *  Edizioni ULIVO Balerna   ISBN    978 88 98 018 079

Il testo è un‘avventura che inizia proprio nella piccola cittadina di Ascona proiettata nel futuro del 2222

Relatore  prof. Alberto Jelmini  con  la voce narrante di Margareth Maurer

con l’accompagnamento del violoncellista Mátyás Major

 contact@travelclaudine.ch

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copyright picture of Casa Serodine in Ascona  by Lucia Anna Morra

Introduction * Introduzione al romanzo

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Claudine Giovannoni … never ceases to amaze with this astonishing new Novel!

After the escapes and pursuits in the Pacific Islands (The Sun’s Kumihimo – Il Kumihimo del Sole), which later became a perilous journey through the doors that separates the possible dimensions of the human mind  (The crystal of Peace – Il Cristallo della Pace), everything always filled and pervaded with a deep love for our Planet and the desire to save it from the implicit  dangers of the disordered and selfish progress; after the romantic succession, always fraught with danger and marked by unexpected twists, from the blur of a distant past existences right into the present lives (Fog on the Moor – Nebbie nella Brughiera), here in this new Novel she propels us into the realm of Norse mythology. And she does it, as always, with blindly cuts, combined with a sure hand, which gives the text a scent of a strong psychological eerie.

At the center of the story is a mysterious and magical object (the Vibrational matrix), around which as mentioned about the Kumihimo, rotates the whole story. But if in the first Novel the events gave rise to a small epic poem (also because the protagonists are children), with run-up and chases that make us discover beautiful and not well known corners of our globe, thus these events develop first along a horizontal line (although the awareness of some of the characters show us a depth-self inner search). In this compelling and gripping new novel, the vertical line is dominant, while attending a triangle of movements between Ascona, Paris and Ireland.

But the verticality is presented on every page, along two directions: first through Time, by the Druids to the residents of the 23rd century (when the story takes place), and secondly in the growth, in parallel, of the ability of the mind. Skills that are manifested in the search for past lives and the capacity to pass through the doors that separate the different reality-sizes. Here we can see all Claudine’s skill, who knows various ways to differentiate these “discoveries” concerning the strength of mind among people who seek to acquire with selfishness personal benefit, and people who want to put their knowledge and resources for the benefit of mankind’s life and the Planet that hosts them.

But not only: the story is steeped in mystery due to the fact that in addition to the characters of which we understand very well the nature,  we find others that deliberately, just as in a detective story worthy of respect, some of them hide their true intentions. Even the characters that turn around the protagonist, a young Annwyn (person able to separate mind from body and move into Time-Space), projects over her a shadow of doubt by casting in her soul deep conscience’s fears, even painful.

The most significant, with a superb choice of time and space (an extremely old yew tied to the oldest age of Irish legends) is about the love that is subtly to differentiate between the most sensual one, linked to beauty and physical strength, and the other one which instead leans towards the bliss of the soul and the power of sacrifice. All wrapped in a scenario full of light and shade, mysterious caves and wild nature, makes us think of Botticelli’s Primavera, which, although in a calmer and more classic atmosphere, paints this dualism, leading to the answer given by the victory of the noblest.

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my source of imagination: my kids

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Claudine Giovannoni non finisce di stupire… con questo suo nuovo e sorprendente romanzo!

Dopo le fughe e gli inseguimenti nelle isole del Pacifico (Il Kumihimo del sole ), diventati in un secondo momento un viaggio pericoloso attraverso le porte che separano le possibili dimensioni della mente umana (Il Cristallo della pace ), il tutto sempre pervaso dall’amore per il nostro pianeta e dal desiderio di salvarlo dai pericoli impliciti in un progresso disordinato ed egoista; dopo il romantico avvicendarsi, sempre irto di pericoli, e segnato da improvvisi colpi di scena, di esistenze di un lontano passato con esistenze attuali (Nebbie nella brughiera ), ecco che questo nuovo romanzo ci proietta nel mondo delle saghe nordiche. E lo fa, come sempre, con tagli a scatola chiusa, combinati con mano sicura, dando al testo il profumo di un giallo a tinte fortemente psicologiche.

Al centro un oggetto misterioso e magico (la “Matrice vibrazionale”), attorno al quale, come già a proposito del Kumihimo, ruota tutta la vicenda. Ma là, gli accadimenti davano vita a un piccolo poema epico (anche perché protagonisti sono bambini), con fughe e rincorse che ci fanno scoprire angoli stupendi e poco conosciuti del nostro globo: vicende dunque che si sviluppano in primo luogo lungo una linea orizzontale (anche se la presa di coscienza di alcuni personaggi ci mostrano una ricerca in profondità).

In questo nuovo avvincente romanzo, la linea verticale è dominante, pur assistendo a un triangolo di spostamenti tra Ascona, Parigi e l’Irlanda. Ma la verticalità si presenta a ogni pagina, lungo due direttrici: dapprima nel tempo, dai druidi fino agli abitanti del 23esimo secolo (momento in cui si svolge la vicenda), e in secondo luogo nella crescita, in parallelo, delle capacità della mente. Capacità che si manifestano nella ricerca di risalire a esistenze anteriori e alla possibilità di varcare le porte che separano le diverse dimensioni. Qui possiamo osservare tutta la bravura di Claudine, che sa variamente differenziare queste “scoperte” riguardanti la forza della mente, tra personaggi che cercano di trarne un beneficio personale, egoistico, e personaggi che intendono mettere le loro conoscenze e risorse a beneficio della vita di tutti gli uomini e del pianeta che li ospita. Ma non solo: la vicenda è intrisa dal mistero dato dal fatto che accanto a personaggi di cui si comprende benissimo l’indole, ne troviamo altri che volutamente, proprio come in un giallo che si rispetti, nascondono le loro vere intenzioni. Trattandosi di personaggi che ruotano attorno alla protagonista, una giovane Annwyn (persona capace di separare la mente dal corpo e di spostarsi nello spazio), essi proiettano sulla stessa l’ombra del dubbio creandole profondi problemi di coscienza, anche dolorosi. Il più significativo, con meravigliosa scelta di tempo e di spazio (un tasso secolare legato alle più antiche leggende irlandesi) riguarda l’amore che viene sottilmente a differenziarsi tra quello più sensuale, legato a bellezza e forza fisica e quello che invece propende verso la rettitudine dell’animo e la forza di sacrificio. Il tutto inserito in uno scenario ricco di chiaroscuri, di antri misteriosi e di nature selvagge, ci fa pensare alla Primavera di Botticelli, la quale, sebbene in un clima più sereno e più classico, ci dipinge questo dualismo, portandoci verso la soluzione data dalla vittoria dell’Amore più nobile.

prof. dott. Alberto Jelmini