Today I’m interviewing Author, Rich Marchello. Rich walked away from a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses in order to pursue his dream as a poet, musician and author.
You can find Rich Marcello:
On his website: richmarcello.com
On twitter: @marcellor
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Melanie Rockett: What inspired you to write your first book, Color of Home?
Rich Marcello: About four years ago, I got an idea to write three novels about different kinds of love. The first, The Color of Home, was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and is about romantic love. The third, The Beauty of the Fall, will be published in 2015/2016 and is about love in community or in your sphere of influence. The second, which was published in July, is called The Big Wide Calm, and is about platonic love.
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Melanie Rockett: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
Rich Marcello: I spent a great deal of time, especially on the first book, honing what I believed about love. There were literary, psychological and spiritual components to the work, and it’s profoundly impacted my life in a good way. Hopefully, some of what I learned and embodied in both stories will resonate with readers.
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Melanie Rockett: Both of your books have a common theme. Does this come from your own life experiences or people you know?
Rich Marcello: I tend to write early in the morning. So in a way, I go from one kind of dream time (sleeping) to another (writing fiction). So my characters and stories are largely imagined as a result. Very rarely do I write about a person I know, and when I do I’ll only take a bit from them. For example, I recently met a woman who had incredibly creative hair, so I asked her if I could use it in my third novel, and she agreed. Stuff like that I’m always looking to use.
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Melanie Rockett: You are now working on your third book. Have you established a particular process, schedule or routine for your writing?
Rich Marcello: I write seven days a week, most weeks of the year. Typically, I’ll work on one scene at a time, and work on it for four or five hours each day. After five hours, I find that I’m not as creative, so I do other things for the rest of the day. It took me a year or two to settle on this process, but once I did I realized it’s the way I will write for the rest of my life. That’s a good thing, since I have ideas for about ten books I’d like to publish.
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Melanie Rockett: What else would you like your readers to know?
Rich Marcello: Thanks for taking the time to read this interview and check out my books. If you do read one or both of them, I’d love to hear from you on what you think. I’m reachable through my website. RichMarcello.com