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Best selling author Marina Di Guardo is not afraid of tackling sensitive issues head-on in her gripping thrillers. Durtti wants to find out more about the nascent thoughts that lead to the moving ‘must read’ books that she writes.
Your latest novel, ‘Com’è giusto che sia‘ or ‘Just How It Should Be’ addresses the highly relevant subject of violence against women. What message do you hope to convey to readers of this book?
With this novel, I would like to communicate that this problem has become a real emergency, in every social class.
In many cases, the violence is not only physical, it could be psychological too and could cause irreversibile damage.
Very often, this damage is perpretated from generation to generation, activating a spiral of renewed violence and pain.
Your horror tale, ‘Frozen Bodies‘, covers the controversial topic of cryogenic freezing. Would you consider being cryogenically frozen now you have researched it for this book?
When I was a child I watched a documentary about cryogenic freezing and it made a strong impression on me.
This memory remained in my mind and when I decided to write an horror tale set in an apocalyptic scenario, I thought it could be a good idea to write about a clinic for hibernation where rich people could try to escape from a world invaded by a pandemic disease.
I don’t know if I would consider being cryogenically frozen, and yes, I had to read up extensively on current methodologies of hibernation, adding many elements of my imagination!
In ‘Bambole gemelle‘, you write about the relationship between long lost twins. Family is very important to you and you often travel widely around the world to maintain good family ties. Do you believe that in some cases it is possible for twins or close family members to have a ‘sixth sense’ for one another when they are physically far away?
Although I don’t have twin children myself, I have often heard about this incredibile “sixth sense” that joins them. I definitely believe in this kind of telepathy.
All of your books would translate perfectly on to the big screen and/or as a TV series. Do you prefer film or TV as a medium, and which of your novels would you most like to ‘watch?’
Many readers and literary critics have told me that my style of writing is very cinematographic and that my novels could be very interesting screenplays.
I usually prefer films and I think that all of my books could potentially be good subjects for movies.
I hope that it will happen very soon!
You have said in the past that (for you), the writing process begins in your head. You then develop characters and locations and build upon any additional research required before assembling the ‘jigsaw’. How long does this pre-production process take before you start writing the book?
My novels begin in my mind.
Sometimes, this process can be quite short, sometimes it takes longer.
For my last novel Com’è giusto che sia, I had to think a lot about the final turn of events, for me a very important element of a story.
What is the most valuable life advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?
Don’t be afraid to give yourself a challenge.
My daughters have always given me this life advice. I think it is so important and precious to me.
What’s next for you, Marina?
I have to present my last novel in numerous italian cities and I’m so happy to meet my beloved readers during these events.
At the same time, I’m writing a new thriller novel.
Finally, the world is a big place and there are so many incredibly talented, creative people out there. What advice can you give to someone who is very talented and passionate about the creative process, be it writing, painting, music or fashion designing, but they lack the confidence or opportunity to fulfil their true potential?
Never give up! Ever.
Simple advice that anyone and everyone would do well to follow!