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Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Lory La Selva Paduano
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Lory La Selva Paduano! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
A robust and daring author, compelled to awaken and evoke your inner thoughts, and feelings. #RobustWriter #WalkAroundTownAndMorpheIntoMyProtagonists
(That may be more than 140 characters! lol )
*smiles* Love the hashtags. I’m sure many other authors do the same.
Please tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best thing about it and the worst.
My journey isn’t simple, I’m plagued with many challenges, as I navigate a world of versatility, in family life, a day job, and a family business, this mind… never rests, and rejection and tough choices in our industry, are sometimes overwhelming, and that’s been the worst part for me, as I am extremely hard on myself in wanting to be successful in everything I set out to do. I’ve learned the value and meaning now, on how to slow things down a notch, okay! Maybe two! – LOL.
The best part, is that, there’s always tomorrow, where fresh new faces, fresh new takers, and fresh new minds come to the table and round up their finds, and the doors of “opportunity” are open again, and it’s fruits are always ripe for the picking, you just have to weed them out, and find the “wheat in the chaff” so to speak! I also love the fact that some of my passions came together easily and found a permanent home but it took many years of sorrow, loss in love, life, and tragedies, for me to find an outlet to channel this through, to find my real potential in life. Whether it be from writing (my #1 love), to graphics and making perfume, I devote all of myself to projects I believe have great purpose in my life and of those around me.
Wow! What a wonderful message. Life is the most enjoyable when all of your passions come together.
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it?
I’d like to focus on what’s been said, rather than me pitching it.
I have fans who come from every walks of life, taking the time to make those connections, really caring about people in general, is probably one of my fortes. I’m a sociable “wench” as some have called me, who’s just looking for her works to be read, and recognized as a writer of the 21st century with vision and insight. My latest release, is the book entitled The Legacy of a Legend—a look into the ancient city of Rome after the fact; when Spartacus, a well known insurgent dominated the battle scenes and fooled the Roman Legions and Empire for a few years.
It is no secret I write Historical – Fiction & Fantasy, and conjuring up a story with a most impressive protagonist was a must! The seed of Spartacus ‘Arria’ emerges, and two sets of twins completely bamboozle the Stalwart Republic, in a manner you couldn’t see coming. I’ve had a review on amazon.com, where the reader completely and utterly describes on of my books as; “not another mindless read”, and she loved the fact that she had never read about a female main character in ancient Rome.
That review unfortunately was taken down because my previous publisher, who closed her doors to outside authors. But I have kept it, and from time to time we do post it on my author page. Reading is believing!, so to answer your question, the adventures I deliver to ancient History, which is sometimes very boring and text book, is what makes the ride worthwhile.
I love historical fiction. I am quite fond of WWII and ancient Egypt. I know a bit about Rome because its timeline crosses with Egypt.
What types of books you enjoy reading the most? What three books do you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I love creative fantasy books, for the mere fact that a writer took all of his/her abilities to create something we’ve never read before. I’m not entirely a fan of re-makes, especially of action-hero type books or movies, I believe we have not yet uncovered the real gems of the Indie world, a world where often, we’re submerged into another place where no one wants to venture, overlooked and poorly assessed. It’s not an attack on anyone, I speak from a place of experience as a seasoned author. I have been approached by indie and other film directors, who want to take any of my books and adapt them to the screen, that’s when one knows… they have a marketable product.
Books? Reading? What’s that? LOL! Just kidding! I’m one of the unlucky ones, where reading has become a distant memory, and I do miss it, but I’ve only got two hands, and my dish has been quite full, I’m still working on what I’ve accomplished thus far, and trying to keep my other projects in line which require my full attention at this time, but! and there’s always a but!, you can count on me strongly endorsing or backing the Game Of Thrones Series for myself and anyone who likes fantasy, which happens to be more than three books in George R.R. Martin’s series.
I’ve gotten through the first three Fire & Ice books. I’m stuck on book 4. The characters are totally new and I’ve lost my interest in continuing.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
That is a great question! My obsession is cracking the code, or rather deciphering the mystery of how the “caramel” got into the “caramilk bar!” Just kidding!
I love laughter and anyone possessing a witty and dark sense of humor! It’s invigorating to have people like that around us, it is cheap medicine as everyone knows.
I really don’t have any per say, but I can be obsessive about my projects, they have to see the light of day or come to fruition, so I will go above and beyond to make that happen.
Well, if you figure out how they get the caramel in there, please let me know!
What is one question you wished I would have asked, that I haven’t?
I wish you would have asked me how I write? or how I come up with my story lines?! It comes as a form of inspiration, and sometimes a dream, but mainly as little drops of tiny visions in thin air, like bubbles all round me in a vast and open field or universe. It comes by staring at pictures of the past, where I start adding a world around it, but for the most part, it comes from past life trauma’s I’ve lived and some I still encounter today. I feel deeply, love deeply, care deeply, and it’s been my place of comfort, as well as a leaning experience. To have the perfect setting to me ( for writing ), would include; Extreme silence, extreme privacy, having recently watched a great series, especially something medieval or unusual, where there, I start my own version and this serves as a theme to my story lines. I will always refer back to Historical- Fiction & Fantasy, because that’s what I excel at, that’s where ”my calling” has always manifested itself vividly. I also make sure to step out of my comfort zone a little by adding research and tantalizing plots, many ideas that makes a book far more interesting than any other in its category.
Lory, thank you for being In the Spotlight this week and sharing your enthusiasm for writing and your work with the fans of Second Run Reviews. I hope you’ll come back soon and let us know how it is going.
Synopsis: When legends die, they don’t always exit this world without leaving others behind. Step back in time, back to a time where Rome and a man called Spartacus go head to head for power, status and justice!, but when Spartacus loses his life, others pick up right where he left off almost two decades later!