First of all, did you see Civil War yet? If not, I’ll wait right here while you go watch. Or maybe I’ll go with you. Come on, let’s run!
Second of all, I’m revealing another character to the world today! As promised, I’m unveiling one each week right here on my blog and letting them explain the story of The Carver to you as they know it. Today, we meet The Carver himself: Pino DiLegno!
You know him better as Pinocchio. He’s not the puppet you once knew. He’s not even a “real boy” anymore. He’s a grown man, and he has some interesting things to say about his role in my book! Without further ado, let’s begin our interview!
Jacob: Welcome to my blog, Pino! It’s been a very taxing couple of months for you, hasn’t it? How are you holding up?
Pino: It’s good to see you, Jacob. As for how I’m holding up? I keep checking my back to see if I’ve sprouted strings. It’s a miracle someone’s not having to move me around! I’m a little exhausted…
Jacob: I’d be worried if you weren’t! A lot happens in your story. You’re The Carver himself! What do you want to tell the readers about the book? It all opens with you! What are you doing at the start of the book?
Pino: Carving a figurine! It’s one of my favorite things to do. After all, I exist because of a skilled woodcarver cared enough to shape me. It’s important for me to appreciate that and continue the legacy.
Jacob: And somehow I get the feeling that the figurines you like to carve aren’t random. There’s something special about all of them, isn’t there?
Pino: Maybe *winks*. My figures don’t necessarily come to life, but they’re important. In some ways, they’re prophecies. They tell their beholder what to look for. They’re almost like a road map.
Jacob: That’s an interesting take on the figures. So here’s something that even I’ve been curious about. When you’re carving these things, what goes through your head? What do you see in your mind’s eye?
Pino: Every project is a different experience. Sometimes I don’t see anything. I feel it instead, like the wood has a heartbeat and I’m just trying to carve around it, like I’m setting it free. In those cases, I don’t even know what it’s going to look like until it’s done. Sometimes I close my eyes and I see something very vivid. It’s like watching a movie and my figurine is just capturing a freeze frame. And other times, I just carve for pleasure. There’s nothing “supernatural” or special about it most of the time. It’s just play for my fingers or a beautiful brain dump, the way art tends to be.
Jacob: And how many figurines have you carved?
Pino: Hmm… give or take a thousand, probably. But only a handful are part of the “road map” of my story. The rest? Well, maybe they’re part of another story entirely.
Jacob: Oooh, interesting! You know people are going to want you to elaborate a bit more. What can you tell us about this “chosen handful?”
Pino: Oh, well, they’re a diverse bunch for sure. You wouldn’t know they were special just looking at them, but I know. There’s a beautiful woman with these strange purple gloves, and she was always so familiar to me. There’s this striking young man dressed entirely in green, and his hand is hovering over a black dagger. You ever seen the old westerns where the cowboys are about to duel and their hands hover over their guns? That’s what this young man reminds me of. There are others, of course, each with their own unique stories.
Jacob: So what’s your story, Pino? Why’d you grow up?
Pino: For the same reason I suspect many children decide they want to grow up… getting tired of being lectured to clean my room. Wanting to be taken seriously. Wanting to be able to go outside whenever I wanted. The only difference between me and the other kids who wish that? I actually knew somebody with the power to make it happen.
Jacob: I knew that feeling pretty well, too! And now I’m twenty-five and sometimes I’d give almost anything to be twelve again. Do you feel the same?
Pino: Sometimes. But I get to relive my youth through my son, Crescenzo. I see him trying to hurry things along and grow up, too, but I just wish he’d stay fifteen. I know his struggle, though. It’s strange to think of the days when I was trying to understand my identity. Was I a puppet? Was I a boy? Was I both? Now I see Crescenzo dealing with that in a different way. Is he a man? Is he a boy? Sooner or later he’ll figure out that he’s both. And I hope he stays that way.
Jacob: You seem to care very much for Enzo.
Pino: More than you could ever know, my friend.
Jacob: That’s very moving, Pino. Thank you for opening up about that. I have one more question for you. What has been your favorite experience in The Carver? Any scenes that you wish you could relive?
Pino: *laughs* Not in the slightest. Sorry! It’s just been all too taxing… physically, emotionally, psychologically… I’ll respectfully decline the do-over. No offense!
Jacob: None taken! It’s my job to challenge you all. It’s my favorite job.
Pino: Then here’s to the future adventures!
Jacob: Long live The Carver! Cheers!
I’m so excited to share that Blaze Publishing is unveiling “Ten Weeks of Teasers” starting this week, and you’ll be getting to see some snippets of the actual writing if you check back on Social Media every week! As for next week, it will be time to meet somebody very special to The Carver’s universe: THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD!
Have a wonderful week, everybody!