Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author Interview with Gayle Ridinger: Part II

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to Gayle Ridinger. She's the co-author of a new book that combines a treasure hunt with historical and contemporary storylines. Be sure to join us both days because she is giving away a copy of her new book THE SECRET PRICE OF HISTORY

Thanks for joining us again. What do you hope readers remember after your story ends?

We need to answer individually here. For Gayle: That affection and friendship remain as flames in our life, and idealism as a glowing ember. That an incredible life is always worth hearing about. That humor makes all of us fully human, and if we smile at these characters—Eleonora, Goffredo, and Sandor, but also Angie and Dardanoni—they will linger on in our minds like friends. For Paolo: the knowledge that food and drink are an essential enhancement to life even when things get desperate.

What surprised you most as you wrote your books?

What really hit us was the enthusiastic interest displayed by friends and acquaintances in the numerous real-life characters in our book—figures that most of them had never heard of. This pleasant surprise led us to create the kind of website that we did.

What’s next for you?

We’re beginning to talk about a novel set during the Restoration, immediately after Napoleon’s death. A myriad of secret societies in Europe sprang up in reaction; a story about an American who gets caught up in a spy ring during this period is starting to evolve in our minds.

Do you participate in author book signings or events? Where can readers find you?

So far we’ve done presentations and signings in Rome and at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in New York City, as well as for some Italian-American book clubs. Readers can always look up our book on Goodreads or contact us via our website (which couples settings and photos with excerpts from the book). 

What are you currently reading?

Gayle: Paolo Giordano and David Grossman. And I’ve just finished and enjoyed THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson. Actually, I see in it some affinities with our book.

Paolo: Norwegian and Icelandic thrillers and CONGO by David Van Reybrouck.

Which of your books would you love to see turned into a movie?

THE SECRET PRICE OF HISTORY , for sure. Paolo, the ‘imaginator’ for much of the book (except the ancient past and ending—but no spoiler there about the whereabouts of the treasure) already saw it as a film while we were plotting it.

To be entered in the drawing for her book, be sure to answer the question in the rafflecopter below and click the button.

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Gayle Ridinger is an American with family ties both to Italy and to the Civil War town of Gettysburg. After graduating in English from Oberlin College, she worked as a reporter in the Cleveland area before moving to Milan, Italy in 1981. She presently teaches English and translation techniques at an Italian university. She translated and co-edited  the bilingual anthology, ITALIAN POETRY 1950-1990 (Branden/Dante University Press, Boston, 1996), and her translation of SHAVINGS, prose poems by Camillo Sbarbaro, was published by Chelsea Editions, New York, in 2006. She received the “National Translation Prize” from the Italian Ministry of Culture in 1997, and was named Knight of the Star Order of Italian Solidarity by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2003. 
Her children’s book, A STAR AT THE  BOTTOM OF THE SEA, has been published in five languages, including in the U.S. by Gareth Stevens. Her novel, THE SHADOW WIFE, the story of a strong-willed woman who substitutes her weak-willed twin sister struggling to get her life back on track, is available on Amazon.
             Her latest book, THE SECRET PRICE OF HISTORY, was co-authored with her husband Paolo Pochettino, a native of Milan, Italy, who for  years worked as an industrial manager in numerous countries. A long-time distance runner (with 8 marathons to his credit) as well as Himalayan mountain hiker and extensive world traveller, he has survived a plane hijacking and   revolts in Sudan and Yemen. Of Piedmontese background, he has always had a deep interest in the Italian Risorgimento and the bloody battles of his region.

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