Bright Yellow Souls by Luca Favaro Genre: Fiction Short Stories
Kevin was only a teenager when he decided to escape from his past, studying as a nurse. He didn't expect to discover that he would become a person able to give and receive so much love. These are stories of pain, sufferance, but also hope, optimism, joy for life and above all love. And between the lines, the silent presence of God, who through Kevin, takes care of the sick bodies of those wonderful people; and through them, He takes care of Kevin's suffering soul.
Luca Favaro lives in Thousand Oaks, California. He's an Italian writer and a Registered Nurse. In Italy he published four books; three short story anthologies, and the novel "Il tempo senza ore". He won several literary prizes, and from his novel was made a theater show: "Il tempo senza ore show". He moved from Venice to Thousand Oaks on 2019.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I'm a lucky man, because I have a wonderful family and I have so many friends. I'm from Italy, where I lived most of my life. I've worked as a nurse for so many years, and I became an author almost for a joke. Once I collected some stories I wrote in my personal diary about people I've assisted when I was working as a Nurse. One day I decided to let my friend to read them, and He said: "You should publish them!" I sent the stories to a publisher, and after a couple of months I received a publishing contract. And so started my writing adventure.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
One day, after I've been in California on vacation, I attended the Green Card Lottery, and I've been selected, and now I live here. It's a bit strange, isn't it? I have a friend, in Italy he was my neighboor, he tried the Green Card Lottery for twenty years, but he never won. So for me was very difficult to tell him "I attended the Lottery for the first time... and I won" Now I'm here in the States, while he's still in Italy.
What are some of your pet peeves?
I had a wonderful dog, an English Bulldog, he was handsome! He lived 11 years and when he passed away, it was really painful. Now we just moved to California, and we need to settle in a bit better, before having a new one. Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Treviso, a small town near Venice in north Italy, and I grew there. I spent there most of my life. I miss my friends, but I have to say that I've never felt myself "Italian", just like now I don't feel myself "American". I think I'm a citizen of the world, and every place could be my home.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend it with my wife, my children and my best friends.
Who is your hero and why?
I have two heroes: my son Michele and my daughter Giulia. They are my heroes. Because they are fantastic!
What kind of world ruler would you be?
Probably an absolute anarchic. So it’s better if I’m not a world ruler.
What are you passionate about these days?
I'm passionate about music. I have Spotify now in my phone, and I'm listening whole discographies of my favorite musicians. I love reading English books, because I think is a good way to improve my English.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love walking. I’m lucky because there are many beautiful places to walk here in Thousand Oaks, and the landscape is amazing. I love walking in the nature, in solitude, meeting animals. I love singing, I love listening music, I love painting, I love spending time with my family. These are things that help me to relax.
How to find time to write as a parent? I don't know! Really. I have so many things to do, that I think I find the time to write because of a miracle! I love writing, and I think that, in a way or another, you always find the time to dedicate yourself doing things you love.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Reliable, hard worker, kind, generous, but very stubborn!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably, I don't consider myself a writer even now!
Do you have a favorite singer?
I love all kind of music. My absolute favorite musicians are Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Peter Gabriel and the Italian singer Lucio Battisti. They are the best for me. But I love also David Bowie, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Iron Maiden, Gen Verde, Franco Battiato, Lucio Dalla, Soundgarden, Bjork, Elisa, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morrisette, and many, many others…
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? My italian novel “Il tempo senza ore” for sure. It's a story about a famous piano teacher, and choir director who fell sick with Alzheimer. It's easy for me to image it as a movie, because in Italy they made a theater show from that novel, and they're performing it around the country.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is a collection of short stories about people I met when I worked as a nurse, in Italy. They were wonderful people, I had with them a very deep friendship. When they passed out, was a real pain for me. These are their stories, great people who faced the sufferance with strength and dignity.
What can we expect from you in the future?
At least another book! Probably my first English novel.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Writing these stories, was a way to remember and meet those people. It was like to meet them again.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
The original Italian title was “Il sole in una lacrima” (The sun in a tear). The sense was that even in the worst moment of your life, you can find a sunshine. I changed the title in “Bright Yellow Souls” because is more focused in those people, in their souls who despite the sufferance, never stopped to bright.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes. I wrote other book published in Italy but not here. Now I’m writing another novel in Italian, and I would like to translate and publish it here too. I think it could be interesting for many people here and the story is set between Venice and Thousand Oaks.
What did you edit out of this book?
In the Italian version I'm the protagonist, for Bright Yellow Souls I've created a new character named Kevin. He's the nurse who cure the people. Somebody told me to do it, and I think it sound better.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Ernest Hamingway, Stephen King, Herman Hesse, Kalhil Gibran, the Italians Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, Mario Rigoni Stern, Agata Christi, Jack Kerouac, Grant Leishman.
What book do you think everyone should read?
I think that not every book is for everyone.
How long have you been writing?
Probably I started writing when I was a child, but I started publishing in 2009.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depend on what kind of book I want to write. If I write about a specific topic, I collect as many informations as possible, but if I write a novel, I collect only the informations necessary to set up a story.
Do you see writing as a career?
I really would like to. It’s the dream of my life, but it’s very difficult.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Usually while I write, I listen music with my headphones. It help me to concentrate on the story. Sometimes music inspire me.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Generally I write a book at a time. I have many ideas, and I write the, down, but then I chose one to work on, and I concentrate only on that one.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. Sometimes I use paper and pen, because I’m out of home, or I have an idea while I’m at the restaurant for example, In that case I write with the pen, and later, when I’m home, I write them with computer.
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