What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
How do you pronounce the name Crescenzo?
Ha! It’s pee-EHT-troh.
Where did you get the idea for The Carver?
My favorite question! So, a year ago, I was presenting my Masters thesis at the University of Virginia, and my research topic was something called the ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ in Italian literature. Basically, I had to research books about 30-year-old dudes who still act like they’re children (sort of trying to decide if they want to be boys or men, or if they’re somehow both). Peter Pan kept coming up in this research, and so did Pinocchio! One day I kinda zoned out and suddenly I found myself asking, “But what if Pinocchio did grow up, and have a wife and a son and hobbies and leave his childhood behind? What would that even look like?” I got carried away thinking about this, and soon I had imagined that Peter Pan was his next door neighbor, and he had a son, too! I think Peter Pan would have a harder time adjusting 🙂
Did you ever hear the story of how Michelangelo made the Statue of David? He saw a big block of marble one day, and later, he told people that he had seen a man trapped inside the marble. He carved the statue by “setting him free”, and removing everything that wasn’t a part of David. I learned this around the same time that I was in graduate school, and so I put those two ideas together! What if Pinocchio grew up and had a son, and… what if he became a fantastic woodcarver, just like his father or like Michelangelo?
(By the way, I love questions! Keep ’em coming and I may post your question on here someday!)