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Today I am delighted to interview Maria Chiara Marsciani, author of Urbino Unexpectedly, a story of love and self discovery
Hi Maria, tell us about yourself
I was born in Rimini, Italy, a mid size town on the Adriatic Sea. Since I was a child I had the desire to travel around the world and get to know different cultures so, when the opportunity came, I happily followed my husband to the US where we still live. I was trained as a clinical psychologist at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, but after dedicating myself on raising my daughter, I now decided to devote myself to my first passion: writing. I love gardening, cooking and spending time with my family and our many pets.
What inspired “Urbino, Unexpectedly”?
Urbino, Unexpectedly is a story about the difficulty of growing up, about the famous line from A to B that often is not straight as we think it should be, and the story of Clara was definitely inspired by my own struggles with life and my own difficulties to find out who I am. Today I read a quote that said something like this: stop trying to find out who you are and start inventing yourself. Maybe that’s true and, with every book I write and with every word I put on paper, the more I feel I do it.
Why the choice to publish it in English even if your primary language is Italian?
Believe me, it was a surprise also for me, but the book came to me in English. I think it was because, after more than twenty years in the states I now feel and express better my emotions in this language that I not only find fascinating, but that I keep discovering more and more every day.
What would you say was the main message of your book?
The message I want to send with “Urbino, Unexpectedly “is that in order to fully appreciate life we have to take risks, to be willing to make mistakes and to accept to disappoint our loved ones. Personal growth and knowledge are based on attempts and failures. I have to admit that, now that the book is not only ‘mine’, but it belongs to the people who read it, it is amazing to witness how each reader is taken or focuses on a particular aspect of the story. For someone it can be the descriptions of the settings or the characters’ personality, for others can be Clara’s struggle or the passionate love story with Leo.
What advice would you give other authors?
My advice is this one: after taking into consideration market’s trends and data, after diligently listening to the many suggestions and advices I’m sure people have ready for you, politely forget about it and do as you feel and wish.
Tell us about any future projects
I’m finishing a new novel and I’m very excited. It is about the difficulty to communicate in a love relationship. A happy couple moves from San Francisco to Washington DC following the husband’s dream job, but each one of them lives this experience in a different way and, even if they love each other very much, they stop communicating. Also, a neighbor’s sudden death upsets the balance of the whole neighborhood and brings to the surface many secrets. I’m having a lot of fun writing it and it’s been a totally different experience compared to Urbino, Unexpectedly.
Do you plan out the book fully before you start?
I usually start writing knowing either the beginning or the end of my story while everything else is not really planned out and I follow the characters as they develop. I also fight with them sometimes because they take different directions from what I had in mind.
What do you enjoy most and least about writing?
What I love the most is the writing process. I love sitting down isolating myself from the outside world and start writing. What I enjoy the least are the technical aspects like the editing, the formatting and the layout.
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