The Indie Book Butler - Facundo Raganato Interview
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I am artist not because I want to be, but because I have creativity flowing through me like an open faucet that pours the magical colours of the universe, all sparkly stars and all; with the silver mystical Moon and the strong radiant yellow Sun. Let me paint you the dark sky with the lights that shine in our eyes with the name of Beauty and Truth. “The Author ~or~ The Characters’ Short Living Story” is my Magnum Opus, it is a story which presents a philosophical adventure, a spiritual journey for the Reader. It is truly a story unlike any other because it contains an alchemical mirror between the letters which provides a reflection to the Reader in many aspects.
You’ve got 20 words to sell your work. Tempt us.
. . . Follow the Timeless Mystical & Spiritual Adventure of Six characters as they Search of the Truth . . . Reader . . .
Where do you like to write?
Anywhere where I can have peace of mind, comfort to dwell into imagination, and undisruptive sounds or music; that is where I like to write.
Is there anything you must have in order to write?
I must have no interruptions.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
The Giver, Siddhartha, The Old Man and the Sea, Damian, The Power of Myth, The Bible, Dubliners, The Kybalion, Hamlet, many, many more.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
My unbreakable and divine honour to the written word.
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
My greatest achievement is to go back to read what I wrote and appreciate the writing without the subjective perspective that I wrote it; to read my own words objectively and be satisfied with the written words; that is my greatest achievement when it comes to writing.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
As any good relationship, I think the key is for both to know each other really well; I think that would be ideal. Let me present my answer in a metaphorical projection, as if a book were a room. The Author goes into a book, writing his mind off the walls, all over the floor, through the ceiling, and then goes off. The Editor enters the book, and fixes what he understands to fix, what he doesn’t understand or what he is dubious about, he does not fix. The Author enters the book, so the Editor asks him about the nightstand: “What about this?” The Author explains. The Editor understands, “What about this.” The editor fixes the nightstand. “Yes, that is good, that is better. Thank you. Now . . .” The Author asks, “what do you think about the window?” The editor looks at the window, “Oh yes, I see, I understand. I would leave it as you left it; I like it because it is open.” Ultimately, the room contains the essence of what the Author wanted to present, but in a manner the editor would approve for its readers.
If you had a direct line to someone who loves your writing, what would you say?
Thank you, you are an inspiration for me to keep on writing. God bless you.
If you had a direct line to someone who hates your writing, what would you say?
I’m sorry, I can’t please everyone. What kind of writing do you like?
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
The words you have written are from you, and from you alone. Be proud of what you have written not if the book sells well, be proud of being an author because of what you wrote. That is the most powerful force for an author, the pride of the words written, in the end, that is what matters most: the words.
What does your writing future hold for you?
How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
I painted my cover art for this book, years ago. Originally, I had another idea for the cover, but I think I will leave that idea for the movie. The ebook version has the rough version of the cover, but I think the hardcover version will have a more “perfected” version of it.
How often do you read? What genre?
I read through phases. I have so many books to read that sometimes I can’t choose between them. I cover many genres, classical literature, world literature, spirituality, philosophy, alchemy, psychology, poetry, historical books, books about the mind, mythology, a little bit of everything.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Facundo. Best of luck in the future.