An interview and giveaway with Agostino Scafidi, author of The Invisible Papers

This week I’m really pleased to share the Thursday Throng space with Agostino Scafidi who is offering not just a copy of this book, but also a copy ‘The Anchor That Stopped The World’ as well. In order to be in with a chance of winning please just leave a comment at the end of the post here.

The Invisible PapersThe Review

According to the blurb The Invisible Papers is “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.”

As far as I am concerned it is a book without boundaries. It achieves it’s aim of persuading the reader to think for change, rather than just absorbing a narrative mindlessly, by keeping the reader guessing about where he or she is being taken next on their inner journey, as much as their outer journey.

It is not a book for the casual reader though, one who is simply looking for a way to fill a few hours or a slow day on holiday. It should definitely only be read by those who are open to having their dearly held beliefs, attitudes, norms, values and expectations challenged at every level. In short, it has the power to transform your view of the world … if you were to allow it.

The Agostino Scafadi Interview

Agostino ScafidiWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

Ok, this question was tough for me. I had to think about it for a few minutes. I love a good love story more than I let on and I have cried more than a few times while reading a book or watching a movie. This to me is something no one would usually know about me because I tend to elicit certain treatment or judgement from new people because I have a lot of tattoos and I don’t look too friendly (I guess) at first glance.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

Ah, this particular review that comes to mind was so flattering it really gave me a sense that all my hard work was worth it, all in one moment. One review. I really felt like that blogger “got it” and I was happy to have made that connection with somebody. The review basically said that my book was one to really meditate on (I’m referring to my 2nd eBook The Invisible Papers here), it was a wise book and it provided a valuable, unique and interesting perspective on many every day aspects of living. The blogger also sent praise my way about my writing style, which I deeply appreciated. It’s so nice to be able to reach someone directly with my words.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

The worst review I ever received was for my 1st eBook The Anchor That Stopped The World. The funny thing about this review is that it isn’t even all bad. The first half of the review praised the plot, my imagery, the characters, the execution. Yet the second half of the review said I had the diction of a sixth grader! I also seem to have placed my commas and periods in spots that didn’t agree with that blogger. Subsequently I received a one-star rating from them. I usually take bad reviews in stride, since to me there is no such thing as bad press, but to praise my book so much on such important points yet then bash it on such trivial and subjective matters then deliver a one-star rating has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve come across yet in regards to reviews.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes, extremely important! I not only like to make their names sound good when saying them out loud, but I want them to have a realistic sensibility. If a character is Romanian I want to use a Romanian name that has character in it and not simply what is most common. My characters names are to me like the very first entry point into their world and I want each instance of their identity mentioned to not only be welcoming to the reader, but enticing and poetic too! Almost musical even!

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I wish I could be some rogue computer hacker! Haha.

Are you jealous of other writers?

I am honestly jealous of authors that have a fan base. I want one so bad! I don’t hate authors who have one though; it just serves as fuel for my inspiration to strive to that achievement.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

I wish I had written the rest of the Millennium series (by Stieg Larsson). I love the characters and the story of those three novels and now with the announcement that another Swedish author will try his hand at bringing a fourth book to fruition, well suffice it to say I wish that could be me sometimes! I am just a huge fan of the series and never want it to end haha!

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

Oh my goodness, if I could ever answer this question I’d probably go off on a daydream immediately after for about a half hour just basking in its greatness. Two moments that come to mind is the final scene of Six Feet Under and the final scene in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, somewhere in Season 4 where they succeed at finally getting word back home to the Alpha quadrant that they are indeed still alive and trying to get home! Those are two great moments, but probably not the best!

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Water!

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

Well it seems to me that making the body disappear altogether is the best “hiding” place. 😉

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Where can you find out more about Agostino and his books

You can find Agostino’s book in Kindle format here:

You can also meet him online:

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/.

3 thoughts on “An interview and giveaway with Agostino Scafidi, author of The Invisible Papers

  1. Cristina Diaz says:

    I loved this interview…found a lot of the answers to be quite entertaining!! Lol I did like your answer on liking a good love story. I tend to be more of the horror-sci-fi-fantasy-crime reader but I tend to like a good love story as well so it’s funny when people see me something with romance in it because I’m very particular on what type of romance I read. P.S. You will get your fan base!! 😉

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