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Caroline Ludovici Interview…

September 10, 2013

Posthastedefinition: with the greatest possible speed or promptness


Please welcome Caroline Ludovici, her anxiousness as a child to begin writing is evident.

a)     What do you enjoy most about writing?

I enjoy submerging myself into the story and being transformed to another place. I love creating people that are so real and lifelike, who seem to take me on a journey.

b)    What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I started writing short stories when I was nine or ten. But as a child, my greatest pleasure was the essay assignments at school, where, for the weekend, we where to choose one of three essays posted on the board. I would always look forward to  writing all three. Often the teacher would read them out in class. But it was my struggle with spelling that was a big problem, holding me back in many ways. They didn’t know about dyslexia in those days, but now, looking back, I realize I suffered terribly because of it.

c)     Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

It has stayed the same. YA. I love writing adventure stories with a bit of history thrown in somehow, so they are interesting as well as exciting, and hopefully may spark the curiosity of the reader into wanting to investigate more about history and archaeology.

d)    What genre are you currently reading?

I am researching for my next book. I am reading nonfiction about pirates, the Ottoman Empire, and Algeria.


e)     Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

Mostly, I must confess, I read for research. Reading doesn’t come easily to me and it is more of a chore than a pleasure. I get frustrated with detail and waffle. Even when reading a newspaper, I like the headlines but not the long drawn out detail one has to read before getting to the point. Funnily enough, I love to surround myself with books, and I often wander through antiquarian bookshops when I am in England, always coming out with something interesting I intend to read. I have bookshelves at home brimming and overflowing with books I will someday finish. If I could lay every book on my forehead and somehow absorb the information telepathically, I would be very, very happy. So much effort is taken up in the actual process reading a paragraph, that often I have not taken in what the paragraph is about at all and have to start over. It is horrible, yet I am so keen to read. When someone gives me a book to read, it is honestly, like handing you book of long division. I think I must be an unusual sort of author!

f)     Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

The children who give me feedback of The Obsidian Mask are the ones who encourage me most. Without their liking it, there would be much less incentive to write more exciting archaeological adventures.

g)     Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

That’s a tough question. I love them all. Marcello is the most flamboyant character; he is an emotional archaeologist, who takes everything to heart, loving what he does even if he finds excavating rather moving at times. Natasha 15, is deep and sensitive, having trouble accepting her mother’s new relationship. Lorenzo, Marcello’s son,  longs for his father’s approval, and is always trying to do the right thing even if he finds it very restricting. Alex, Natasha’s younger brother, is happy-go-lucky, but seems to get a raw deal in any tricky situation they find themselves in. Gabriella, though at first is seemingly annoying, especially to Natasha is sensible and brave, even if she is a bit prissy. All the characters grow and develop throughout the stories. I have to say that the Contessa, who we meet for the first time in book two, Secrets of The River, is such fun to write. She is a strict, uptight old lady, who lives with her grand children, Gabriella and Lorenzo, but she has a lot more to hide than the average Italian grandma.

Where is your favorite writing space?

At my coffee table in the family room.  I find my office a bit lonely and quiet.

h)    Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants writer?

I have an outline in my head of what the story is about. But how it develops is entirely up to the people in the book. I guess that means I am a seat of the pants writer. Sometimes the story goes off in a totally different direction, which is fine by me, as long as it turns out right in the end! The hardest part is knowing when to stop.

i)      What inspires your ideas/stories?

I love history and archaeology, and being true adventurer at heart, my experiences seep into the books through the characters. This makes the stories so realistic and  believable. I think the market is flooded with so much sci-fi and fantasy, it is time to get back to real, down-to-earth adventures with  great characters that the reader will get to know and relate to.

j)      Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Yes I do, The Main Line Writers Group.  Main Writing

k)    Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

The first book in the trilogy is The Obsidian Mask. It is available at Barnes and Noble on line,

Obsidian Mask, Amazon , Infinity Publishers, and several local bookstores.

l)      If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?

I think Charles Dickens. He must have been an amazing man, to have such insight.

m)   Where can readers find you and your blog?

I occasionally blog and post it to my website, but unless I have something to say, I tend to stick to my books instead!

n)    Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

Oh yes. I am planning two books ahead! The sequel to The Obsidian Mask, Secrets Of The River, is done, finished and will hopefully be out for Christmas. The third book is under way.

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