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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Interview with author David J. Castello


The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) 

1. What inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?There were two events. Starting at the age of nine, I became extremely ill and bedridden with asthma. I wanted to get better and began reading every health book my mother would get from the library in Boynton Beach, Florida. I became a fan of early nutritionists such as Adelle Davis and began a lifelong habit of consuming vitamins and other supplements. Over the years I began to notice that my childhood friends were aging faster than me. Years later, I had a dream about a soldier discovering an ancient anti-aging formula during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Upon awakening, I jotted down some notes and began writing what is now The Diary of An Immortal (1945-1959).
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?I did a tremendous amount of research to make historical events such as the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, the 1940’s jazz scene in Manhattan and the 1959 Tibetan uprising in Lhasa as realistic as possible because The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959) is an intense love story based upon a fantastic premise. It will appeal to anyone who is a fan of magical realism such as King’s The Green Mile and Fitzgerald’sThe Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

3. What do you hope will be the ever-lasting  thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?That there are things in life destined to die and other things in life meant to live forever.

4. What advice or wisdom do you have for writers?Never try to write a book. Just tell them a story, but challenge yourself to make it as interesting and thought provoking as possible. The only question I’ve ever asked myself after writing a part was, “Who cares?”Make them care.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?More and more debut fiction novels will be self-published. I believe it’s a good thing for all parties involved. Writers should always go with their gut instinct and vision, especially in the beginning before it’s been trampled upon. The chances of some agent or publisher appreciating your initial vision are slim to none. 

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?The book came to me in a series of dreams over a period of twenty years. I would wake up and think to myself, “Seriously?”  But after I wrote out my dream I could see it made sense and I went with the flow. It was like watching a fog lift in my mind. The challenge was allowing it to take me down this unknown journey without forcing it where to go next. I began to get very emotionally attached to the characters inThe Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959). That presented a dilemma when some of my dreams were not kind to them, but I still went with it.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?I’m a voracious reader and there is nothing out there quite like The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959). I wasn’t trying to write a novel, but something deep in my subconscious wanted this bizarre story to be told. I believe it will affect many people quite strongly, especially their feelings about love, life and death.

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