This week’s interview is with newly published author, Dylan Galante. Dylan’s debut novel, Protostar, was just released on Amazon earlier this month.
Thank you, Dylan, for participating in my author interviews and good luck with the new book and your authoring journey.
About Writing/Books/Being an Author
1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of the book?
The Spiderwick Chronicles was the first time I realized just how much I love the world of science fiction fantasy. Even as a child I would pretend that fantastical creatures existed. I still believe even now.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?
Funnily enough it was my Grandmother on my dads’ side. She used to take old blank church bulletins and cut them in half turn the blank sides together and staple them then she would hand me a pencil and tell me to go outside and write her a special story.
3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?
I have three and in no specific order they are J.K Rowling, J R.R Tolkien and Rick Riordan.
4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing about writing?
My favorite would have to be that I can close my eye’s dream up a world that only I can think of and then spill it out on paper. I love the idea that my mind is open to another dimension and that I can make others believe in them just as much as I do. My least favorite is the one thing I think all authors fear…Writer’s Block. The Kryptonite of any writer. But I have to say the best way to get past that is to look like a mad person and talk yourself out of it by reading the things that came before that point and talking them out in the world make yourself the protagonist or the antagonist and see what happens.
5. Where do your ideas come from?
Two Words…My Dreams.
6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?
This is a hard one but honestly it would have to be I’m very patient. I know that may not be a talent, but I don’t get angry very often because I try to see things through the eyes of others.
7. If you could jump inside a book for one day (as an observer) what would it be?
Probably my favorite children’s book. Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom!
8. When you create characters are, they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know?
Made up always.
9. Have you ever created a character “Out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features?
I did run into someone once that reminded me of a character, I created in the 8th grade. But I was senior when I met him, and he was both. The personality of the character and exactly the way I had described him only difference was his name.
10. How do you come up with the titles of your books?
I actually wait till I’m done writing and I have the book completely done. Because if I write it before the book is done then I end up changing it. All my stories begin with the title UNTITLED: By Dylan Galante.
11. What are you working on and can you tell us about it?
I’m actually working on the sequel of Protostar which sends the twelve knights to the mysterious enchanted forest where they learn more about Sawyer’s past and that they must try to save Marshall from the devious clutches of Morgana.
12. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?
Sadly, no I was never a confident writer until I turned 18 so I never turned any of my writing in. But I’m hoping to!
A Little More Personal
13. What is one thing you haven’t done but would like to do?
Go to a convention of some kind.
14. Can you tell us an embarrassing/funny moment?
I think the time that I wrote a story and sent it to a publisher and it got accepted for publishing. I went to school the next day and I told someone, and they told the whole school and then at lunch he sat down next to me and said very loudly. “You wrote a book no one will read!” I was so embarrassed that I got up left the room and hid in an empty classroom.
15. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?
The multiple counts of Déjà vu that I have experienced over the years.
16. Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals for good luck?
NO! I wish I was superstitious (Answers while rubbing lucky necklace)
17. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Rattlesnake…No, I didn’t like it.
18. Do you have a favourite vacation spot? Where?
I do it is London, and I hope one day to actually get there to see it.
19. Can you tell us about one of your favourite childhood memories?
The very first time I saw Mary Poppins I fell in love with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and music all at the same time. Yes, it was a Jolly Holiday with Mary.
20. What makes you happy?
21. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?
22. Have you ever met anyone famous – who?
Well I went to Disney in Florida when I was 12 years old and I have to say all of them! But My tops are Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet Kang, Roo and Rabbit.