The Heroine’s Journey of Lisa Zanardo

WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT MY WORK?

Writing is for me a sort of catharsis. When I write – no matter if it’s fiction or reality reported without any kind of filter – I’m always the origin, the source of these everything. When this everything is physically in front and outside of me, my heart become a little less heavy and I feel like I’m breathing for the first time. I finally understand things, like when I was a child and writing was the only way to escape from the sadness that surrounded me and, at the same time, to learn things by myself and build, step by step, my inwardness and my personality.

WHAT IS MY IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?

What for the most is considered as normal; but fully lived.

WHAT IS MY GREATEST FEAR?

The only thing that really scares me is not being able to rely on me. I know very well this kind of slavery, because I’ve already experienced it for too much time in my life.

WHAT IS THE TRAIT THAT I MOST DEPLORE IN MYSELF?

The constant sense of guilt that I carry with me since I was a child.

WHICH LIVING PERSONS IN MY PROFESSION DO I MOST ADMIRE?

I feel admiration and esteem for many people I’ve had the good fortune to meet in the last few years, but my source of inspiration are, without any doubt, Japanese visionary writers like Haruki Murakami, Kirino Natsuo, Banana Yoshimoto, Mitsuyo Kakuta.

WHAT IS MY GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?

I cannot stop believing in people and in real love, although in my life I have almost always experienced pain and disillusionment.

ON WHAT OCCASION WOULD I LIE?

I’ve never been able to do it… that has been a huge problem sometimes!

WHAT IS THE THING THAT I DISLIKE THE MOST IN MY WORK?

Writing (and, generally art and creativity) is not considered as a profession if you’re not at very high level and it does not even allow you economic independence. For this reason, it is very difficult to dedicate quality time to it.

WHEN AND WHERE WAS I THE HAPPIEST, IN MY WORK?

27th March 2018, 5:40 pm. I signed my first publishing contract, without asking anyone for help; after years of non stop work.

IF I COULD, WHAT WOULD I CHANGE ABOUT MYSELF?

I do not have much esteem for myself, because I was raised by “my parents” in this way, but I like what I am and I would not change anything, not even my weaknesses.

WHAT IS MY GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IN WORK?

Being able to publish two books in a year with two different publishers. Therefore, on a personal level… having believed so intensely in my project, despite my dramatic life situation (no family, no work, health troubles).

WHERE WOULD I MOST LIKE TO LIVE?

No matter where: I would like to live by the sea.

WHAT IS MY MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?

That endless light in my eyes… passion.

WHAT IS MY MOST MARKED CHARACTERISTIC?

Perseverance.

WHAT IS MY MOST INSPIRATIONAL LOCATION IN MY CITY?

I easily free my mind and enter in my intimate world by walking aimlessly through the streets of the historical center of my city.

WHAT IS MY FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT AND DRINK, IN MY CITY?

So far, I have not had the opportunity to dine out very often, but I remember very well this place, which is located in the hills near the city where I live:

http://www.montanella.it/

WHAT BOOKS INFLUENCED MY LIFE AND HOW?

During high school I was strongly influenced by important works like:

“Songs of Innocence and of Experience” (William Blake). It struck me how a content so rich in complex meanings could be rendered by such a simple and clear writing;

– “Dubliners” (James Joyce). I was fascinated by the incredibly effective descriptions. This work has allowed me to see how it is possible to make also concepts like melancholy and grayness so beautiful, through a skilful use of words;

– “1984” (George Orwell)… for the same reasons and, obviously, the extraordinary forward-looking and visionary aspect that characterizes the entire work;

And, several years later, I have to thank “1Q84” (Haruki Murakami), because it makes me realize that writing can be totally free, a place of beauty, a lucid dream, that I can live whenever I need; influencing my writing approach in a decisive way.

WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE WRITERS?

Haruki Murakami

– Grazia Deledda

– Leonardo Sciascia

– Ugo Foscolo

– Sofocle

– Johann Wolfgang Goethe

YOU ONLY DIE ONCE. WHAT MUSIC WOULD I LISTEN ON MY LAST DAY?

Jazz… no doubt.

WHO IS MY HERO OR HEROINE IN FICTION?

Pam Grier, in “Jackie Brown” movie (Quentin Tarantino).

WHO ARE MY HEROES AND HEROINES IN REAL LIFE?

All the people who fight in the forefront for what does not work in this world, every single day.

WHICH MOVIE WOULD I RECOMMEND TO SEE ONCE IN A LIFETIME?

Frankenstein Junior”, by Mel Brooks.

WHAT ROLE PLAYS ART IN MY LIFE AND WORK?

I see art in every single thing I do and receive in my life.

WHO IS MY GREATEST FAN, SPONSOR AND PARTNER IN CRIME?

My friends… my “adoptive family”.

WHOM WOULD I LIKE TO WORK WITH IN 2019?

With people who leave me something.

WHICH PEOPLE IN MY PROFESSION WOULD I LOVE TO MEET IN 2019?

Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto… sorry, I’m a Japan addicted!

WHAT PROJECT, IN 2019, AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO ON? 

I want to promote my two books. Then, I’ll contribute with a small collaboration to another project and, last but absolutely not least, I’m going to write something really interesting with one of the people and artists that I value the most… who is also an irreplaceable friend.

WHERE CAN YOU SEE ME OR MY WORK?

http://ondadurtoedizioni.com/

http://www.bertonieditore.com/

WHAT DO THE WORDS “PASSION NEVER RETIRES” MEAN TO ME?

Simply living as life deserves we do.

WHICH CREATIVE HEROINES SHOULD PETER INVITE TO TELL THEIR STORIES?

Eleonora Caputo

Valeria e Federica Pace

http://alidiporpora.it/

HOW CAN YOU CONTACT ME?

You can write to me using my main facebook profile.

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