Welcome! Thanks so much for this chance to find out more about you and your book! Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
A few years ago an acquaintance turned me on to the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Who Played with Fire, Who Kicked the Hornets Nest). I dipped my toes in the water by first watching the Swedish films. I hadn't expected to get so immersed into Lisbeth Salander's world and be struck so deeply and relate in ways I was surprised to relate with! I can't tell you how much I really fell in love with everything about the films and even today after reading the novels and then watching the American version and even after devouring the graphic novel's take on it all, I still can't really tell you how deeply I love the story.
The computer hacker part of her, the information junkie kick, the way she was a loner, how she valued her privacy, how they all drank so much coffee and ate so many sandwiches... I have never seen, heard, or read about a character, set of characters, or story so unique in itself before and I have been a fan ever since.
It has grown deeper over the years and now that I just found out another Swedish author will take a stab at continuing the series with a 4th novel, to keep the plot alive, it was like my wishes were heard and answered. It's funny because around the time I discovered this bit of news, I was actually pondering and dreaming about writing the 4th novel myself, since I felt like I was an expert on the series in my own right!
Tell us about your current release.
The Invisible Papers differs completely from my first eBook. For this work, I knew I had to write something but I had absolutely no idea what it was to be. One day, I just started writing and then I kept writing and along the way I saw how I could organize it and present it. After a while of writing I just stopped and then I had myself a novel. I think that's the only way I could have fathomed an Interior Monologue in the 3rd Person. It all came about very organically.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
One thing that really struck out at me after I took the leap of writing something longer than 10 pages was how deep the well of creativity was inside me. I have experience tapping into the unknown, the universe and my creative link via years of playing the guitar, so when I realized I was doing the same thing but in the context of writing, I felt like I was invincible and had no fear about whether I'd be able to finish writing anything I had begun. It only reaffirmed my faith in that feeling of inspiration and that unknown path one walks when they are reaching deep within themselves to bring forth something out of where nothing was originally.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Well, I wouldn't say this moment was the scariest... I don't know if I've ever had a "scariest" moment, but once I was in Hawaii (on the big island) and instead of spending time at the beach I decided to go on a walk alone. I had no idea where I was going but I just kept walking and enjoyed the view of the ocean as I went. After a little while I found myself to be in the middle of nowhere... I no longer had a view of the ocean and all that surrounded me was a desert-like terrain with some stray vegetation here and there. I felt some panic, especially since my feet were talking a bit of damage due to just wearing flip-flops and the terrain got a bit rockier.
Something inside me just kept telling me to keep going and not turn back and I will reach a road or an exit or something. I did just that. After what seemed like almost an hour, I saw a road in the distance and I literally shouted with joy. I loved Hawaii by the way!
What book are you reading now?
Actually at the moment I'm finishing up another readthrough of the Millennium series! I'm about to finish The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. However, I was interspersing my revisit of the novels with a bit of controversial reading. I picked up Mein Kampf recently, and then followed that with Lectures on the Holocaust. I also read Zero Limits (Ho'oponopono) and that was amazing for me. Once I'm done the Millennium series, I'll be delving into the rest of Carlos Castaneda's books because I've only read up to the Second Ring Of Power and have always wanted to get through the rest of them!
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I don't really just play songs... I like to go through albums and visit certain genres. For awhile though I've been enjoying various Progressive Metal bands and one-man metal bands. Metal is my favourite genre, however I will visit some Indie, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, even House and other underground electronic music.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An Esoteric Fiction written as Third Person Interior Monologue, The Invisible Papers is a work inspired by various sources and subjects in the realms of Theosophy, Occultism and Philosophy. Without a story or even any characters this novel presents its own unique landscape to intrigue the reader. The offbeat plot loosely strung throughout this book from beginning to end will not only fuel curiosity but at its core is meant to inspire in the reader a certain air of self-reflection and meditation. Its particular application of Third Person Interior Monologue provides a universality where such an atmosphere is possible as well as making it comfortable to navigate through. The reader will traverse many different topics at an unexpected yet refreshing pace all which more or less fall under the umbrella of personal relationships and existential observations approachable by anyone who isn't averse to self-awareness.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Agostino Scafidi is an author, musician and photographer who was born and raised in Montreal, QC of Sicilian descent. As soon as he learned to write he began writing stories for fun. Also at a young age he received his first guitar, a nylon stringed classical guitar. His child's curiosity would keep him interested in playing from then on and at the age of 14 he bought his first electric guitar.
Agostino also began exploring the world of photography around that time and his interest never died. In August of 2013 Agostino independently published his first novel The Anchor That Stopped The World in eBook format.