Updated: Feb 12
ll me a bit about yourself….
I’m an architect and I work as a public official for my City. I’m married and I have three guys, Luca, 18 y.o., Anna and Gaia, 15 y.o., two twins. I’ve also three little dogs. I love nature, traveling, and arts in general. My main characteristic is my positivity in life.
What genre/s do you write in?
I am eclectic in this sense: I wrote a fable, two psychological motivational books, one of which I translated in English, and a book of poems. I have just finished two other books: one is YA novel and the other is a non-fiction one about a woman of all nationalities, religions, and traditions. I'm participating with these two books to some awards and I'll send them to publishing houses soon.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I’ve seriously started four years ago.
Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.
Yes, the three I told you, the fable and the psychological-motivational others, and the book of poems. For the first three, I chose self-publishing, while the book of poems has been published by a publishing house since I won a prize with a poem. Self-publishing was a choice of mine: I wanted to see them published immediately. Now I’m more patient and I understood that one of the characteristics of writing is slowness.
Did you use an editor? If so who?
For the YA novel, I used two. The first one is an Italian, very professional young woman, who also attended a post-graduate master’s degree in Editing. Then I changed the book according to her suggestions, and I sent the new version to a famous editor, another woman, who every year chooses 25 books to evaluate for free, and I passed the selection. Now I’m waiting for the results of her evaluation and I think to assign her the editing.
Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?
Not in the past. I realized all my covers and also the fable drawings. Instead, for the book about women, yes, the cover has been designed by a famous cartoonist.
Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?
I loved self-publishing since you are very free, but with my new books, I’d like to co-operate with some good publishing houses.
How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)
I use social very much, Instagram, Facebook, now TikTok too and I have a website.
IG: Amore & Colori
IG: Elisabetta Somaglia
Facebook: Elisabetta Somaglia
Facebook: Io Amo i Colori
What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?
If you write for teenagers, I recommend Instagram and TikTok, while if you write for an adult public I suggest Facebook.
Do you use an agent?
Not until now.
Do you use paid advertising? If so what?
Sometimes on Instagram or Facebook, but just a little money.
Do you have a blog or website?
Yes, I have. See link above.
What inspires you most to write?
Human psychology, and my goal for every kind of book I write, from the fable to the social non-fiction book, is to teach people to live in a positive way, to overcome the obstacles of life with great interior power, looking at the future.
What do you do to help with writer’s block?
I’ve never had writer’s block, I simply write when I love doing it and when I decide to write I never stop with any block.
How do you plan your writing and start?
For me it is an instinctive job; some period I write a lot and others I don’t write, but it must always be a pleasure so I don’t really plan it. I just plan the job when the book is finished; then I organize the correction and the participation to some awards, etc.
Is writing your full-time job? If not what else do you do?
No, it isn’t my full-time job. I’d like it was. I am employed in my City offices.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m correcting the book about women and I’ve started another book about a real story of an immigrant man, I will write as a novel.
What is your target audience?
Since I’m eclectic with the genres, as I told you, it changes according to the book, from children to adults.
How long does it take you to write a book?
From one to three years.
When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?
About four years ago.
What is your writing schedule look like?
I really don’t have a schedule. I could write by night, in the morning, or during a boat trip. I write everywhere; I like writing when I am among people–I wrote a good part of my first book during a boat trip from Italy to Spain-.
What does your family think about your writing?
They love it and help me to read all the books, giving me suggestions, before I publish them. My husband writes too.
What do you do when you are not writing?
My life is plenty of commitments, with my big family and our hobbies. I read some books; I watch TV; I go out shopping or for a walk in nature, I prepare lunch or dinner for our friends. My house is always full of friends of my children too. I’m very busy.
Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?
Especially from the observation and knowledge of people.
What do you think makes a good story?
The feelings: joys and fears that each of us has.
Thank you Elizabetta for the chance to get to know you better and collaborate.
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