Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about who you are?
Hi, my name is David Boiani, author of “A Thin Line”, father of a wonderful 16 year old young lady who is my life. I am very much a quiet, introverted person so it is ironic and amusing to hear the responses that I get from people that know me and have read my book. They are usually pretty shocked. Some of the content doesn’t fit my demeanor or persona. As of now, I am only a part time author, but I aspire to become a full time author one day.
How many books have you written and what is your
“A Thin Line” is my first book.
How does your writing process work?
Because I am a part time author, I have a very hectic writing process. I do not put structured time aside to write. Thoughts and ideas come to me and I quickly jot them down. It is like turning on a faucet. Once it starts to flow, it comes in steady streams. But, I also can go weeks without writing anything.
If someone asked you why they should read your books what would be your answer? What makes them so unique?
There are two things that I try to accomplish as a writer: Never bore the reader and force the reader to feel every emotion possible. I try to bring an intensity. I want to affect the reader, not only emotionally but intellectually as well. I strive to make the reader think about my book for days after he or she has finished it.
Do you have a favorite book that you wrote and if so
“A Thin Line” is the only book that I have currently written, but I do have plans to start writing two more books this year. One is a sequel to “A Thin Line” and the other is a collection of short stories.
Any favorite character?
My favorite character from “A Thin Line” is Tamela Barnes. She is a very layered, complex character. I left many clues in the details of her narrative that could lead the reader to uncover the mysterious twist in the plot at the end of the book. Chapter 42, the chapter containing her interrogation by John, is a very important chapter and remains one of my favorites.
Which one of your characters is most like you?
John Corbin is 90% based on me. My thoughts, my beliefs, my fears and struggles. A few of the incidents and flashbacks about him that occur were actually real events that took place in my life.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I have dreamt of writing fiction since I was a young boy. The thought of playing God in a universe that I create, without limits or boundaries, with endless possibilities, is intoxicating to me. Now that I have accomplished that dream, it is every bit as fulfilling as I imagined it would be.
What books inspired you?
“The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand remains my favorite book. Some try to describe it as a novel with political themes, but I have always taken its message at its most primal meaning: The integrity of our friendships and work ethic should be unwavering and non-negotiable. Reading it is a soul cleansing experience to me.
Who inspired you?
I guess the politically correct answer would be my father, but that wouldn’t be honest or accurate. The fact is, I didn’t have a positive relationship with him until I was a man. At the expense of sounding arrogant, I will be totally honest here: I inspired myself. I am the most driven person that I have ever met. At a young age, I realized, although there will always be someone more intelligent, more talented, more gifted, the one attribute that I can control is how hard I work. EVERYONE can control that.
How do you juggle writing, your family and personal life?
As a part time writer with a full time day job, playing guitar in a band and parenting a wonderful 16 year old daughter, it is very challenging to set aside time for writing in a structured manner. Thoughts and ideas come to me and that evolves into a writing session. Many times they happen in the middle of the night.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? Even if self-published.
I literally just picked up a pen two years ago and decided to write my book.I knew nothing of the business at the time. I have educated myself through the process but I still have so much to learn. I think the publishing of my next bookwill be a much smoother process.
How many hours a day do you dedicate for writing?
None. My writing isn’t structured at all. It comes in spurts. When those waves of creativity hit me it usually turns into a frantic writing session.
Do you have any unfilled dreams where your stories are concerned?
I write in the hope that people will enjoy it. That they will want more after they read that final page. Knowing that I can entertain people, make them feel alive when they read my work, that is the only dream that I have.
Can you give us a little sample of your most recent book?
"You know what drives me nuts, Red? When people say everything happens for a reason. I mean, what does that even signify? God is up there pulling strings? Creating our destinies? Or is it just symbolic? If you wait long enough and twist enough data you can discover a silver lining in anything. Why did this happen? What is the reason? There is no and never will be a silver lining from this. Nothing. Nothing good could ever come of this. Do you know the real reason people say that? To make themselves feel better. To give their lives a feeling of stability, of structure. To make themselves feel like they have some sense of control in an abstract, chaotic world. It is a way for them to accept grievous, unfortunate things that happen while thinking there is a reason, a plan in place, that will benefit them in the end, but you know what Red…… There is no plan. Our destinies are a combination of our decisions, timing and stupid luck. It's chaos Red. That is what this world is made of and sometimes that chaos kills innocent, good people. Chaos. It is just there, floating around waiting to pounce on someone, good or bad, life or death. A thin line separates it all."
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