Massimo Marino comes from a scientist background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also partner in a new startup in Geneva for smartphone applications: TAKEALL SA. Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily.
“Daimones” is the first volume of the “Daimones Trilogy”, and is based on personal experience and facts with an added “what if” to provide an explanation to current and past events. It is his first novel. Watch the book trailer at: http://youtu.be/gqqn0YtPrrw
“Daimones” is the recipient of the 2012 PRG Award Reviewers’ Choice in Science Fiction and of the 2013 Hall of Fame – Best Science Fiction Award with Quality Reads UK in collaboration with OB Book Tours.
The Vol.2, “Once Humans” has hit the virtual and real shelves on the 3rd of July 2013.
He also writes short chilling, twisted, horror stories, sometimes while having breakfast.
If interested in more details about Massimo Marino, please see his full profile on Linkedin: http://ch.linkedin.com/in/massimomarino
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
Smiling… At first they did not say much, their gaze was more than enough, especially when they saw me at my computer writing for hours and sometimes ending at the first hours of the day. Things started to change, for the better, when the first positive feedbacks came from beta-readers, especially for the completed manuscript, the story, the surprising conclusions, and the transformation that the main characters go through till the end.
Where do you research for your books?
Everything is a possible source, but I admit I search most things online. I wonder how difficult was research to be conducted in the past before our connected society changed our habits and the way we share information.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That sometimes you cannot control what your characters do and say. The story is like planting a seed, and then the story grows, evolves, take unexpected turns, with the writer sometimes unable to tell how it will end, or what will happen if certain events were to occur. I’ve watched my novels grow in my mind, heard characters discuss and react to what happened to them, and explore different timelines and twists. Sometimes I was unable to write as fast as the images flow I witnessed. The story and the characters had a life of their own.
What do you think makes a good story
People talk about the “page turner” to describe a good story, something where conflict appears at every page, almost. There’s truth in there but it is not the end of it. I think a good story has to make you feel you are part of it, you turn the pages because you care and want to be reassured that something bad is not going to happen (or it is if you hate the character). A good story should make you laugh, cry, feel sadness and happiness, move you to tears, and lose track of time. It will not happen with every reader or at the same places in the story, but if it happens here and there, to some, even one, then the story has reached its goal to please a reader, to allow him to escape the real life and live in the same lucid-dream the writer used to create a different world.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
I am writing the Vol.3 of the “Daimones Trilogy”, what happens next, after the Apocalypse has taken place, and the new human race, Dan and the others, embarked a long journey to rebuild a planet. Their age has just started, and more ancient and powerful races wait for the humans to surge again…but no one could foresee what the new race will bring to the Galaxy.
Is there anything you want to make sure potential readers know?
I write because I must, a story simmers and then boils up: I have to put it into writing. But I also write for every single reader out there. I want to be reachable always because a book is a personal door into emotions and sensations. I would not share them with total strangers, but people who read become part of a magical circle with the writer.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG-13