Caterina Saracino on Periodico Italiano

We try to make know to our readers who is Caterina Saracino, first like person and then like young and talented writer at her second publication with “GRIGIO” edited by EDIZIONI EIFFEL.

It is obtaining a wide approval.

Caterina tells us about you!

Hello everybody! I am Caterina, I am 28 years old and I was born in Bari but now I live in Marche.

I graduated in Enterprise Communication. I got a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and I worked in some advertising agencies and as Free-lance journalist. I currently work for a very popular gossip and entertainment website but I always can carve out a bit of time to write my stories and novels.

I consider myself a person pretty introvert and for me the writing has always been a very important safety valve besides being a habit that I can never give up.

How did “GREY” born?

“GRIGIO” was born almost by chance. All started with a “flash”: a girl dressed in grey, sat on a dusty floor that looks at a garden through a mosquito net. From this image I started to create a plot and the text came out sometimes in fluid way and others with great difficulty almost like a little birth. The job of writing is followed by a careful editing, lasted one year but it was really worth it because I am very satisfied with the result: I love this novel as a son.

What is it about the novel?

It is the story about the search of own dimension, own color, a tribute to hope even when all seems lost. The story deals with Morgana, a saleswoman who does not talk much and dresses only in grey; hers is a solitary existence, made of rare emotions and unable to express her feelings. The only daily distractions for Morgana were “night” visits of Daniele, a rough and eccentric musician. Her world became grey five years before when her little brother Gabriele was responsible for a serious event during a little treat. From that moment Gabriele withdraws into total silence, into a life retired to his “cell”, which is his small bedroom. The young girl feels helpless in front of his sorrow; she cannot even caress him. The uncle Luciano complicates the hard situation of two brothers. He has never forgiven Gabriele for the accident and he seems determined to “ruin” him psychologically. It will be the encounter with a young mother, Giada that marks a turning point in Morgana life.

Why did you choose this title? What does this color mean to you?

The title of novel is “Grigio” (Grey) because grey is a color which for me symbolizes a grey area but also an area of “suspension”. The characters do not know which direction their own life has to take and so everything becomes a search, in the case of Morgana even a search of colors; for this reason every chapter of the novel is entitled with a different color.

How long have you been writing? And how is your relationship with writing?

I have a passion for writing for a long time but it is only for 4 or 5 years that I have decided to share what I write. In the past I was ashamed to make read to others the “births” of her mind, I thought they were too personal to be taken the wraps off. But then I felt the need to have some confirmations, to confront myself with other young authors and so I attended a Master in Writing where it created and shared everything. I realized that what I wrote liked. I gained in poise so I began to publish stories and my two novels.

How much do you draw your inspiration from reality to create your characters?

It is a strange question. I like to “absorb” what I observe in reality, that they can be characters or little scene of daily life. In this way the characters take their shape. It is my writing and the plot itself to sculpt them and mold as if they were real.

Your approach with editorial world, tells us about your experience.

I have to be honest. My approach with editorial world has not been idyllic. I immediately realized how much hard it is to find publishers disposed to invest on unknown authors and I often received shocking offers. After month of search, when I found what I was looking for, I understood that the publication is not the final objective but only the first small step. The confidence of the publisher, the promotion, the distribution and the approval of readers are goals to achieve with care and constancy, even if sometimes it is necessary the luck!

Was it hard to find a publisher for this book?

It is not difficult to find a publisher, it is difficult to find one that satisfies the requirements, reliable, that does not promise heaven and earth (as the great majority of publishers) and then turns out to be inconclusive, one that commit himself to promote the writers without getting lost among a hundreds of publications. For this reason Edizioni Eiffel immediately convinced me of it: few titles just for following better the path of every author and a great trust in the future and a contagious energy.

EDIZIONI EIFFEL has published your book and slowly it is climbing the winding road of approval, making a careful and quality choice but paying special attention to young people for whom it shows an unusual and sincere attachment. What do you think about it, is this the right way? Would it take a greater attention of mass media on small quality publishing?

We young writers need some credit not to be crushed by publishing giants who “devour” everything and leave us only few crumbs. It seems obvious to publish a book and expect to find it in each bookshop of city or country. But who like me has understood how the publishing world works, he knows that even if it is quality, the small publishing can find many obstacles, closed doors, mistrust and little credit. For this reason It is necessary to work a lot and make the readers realize that the quality does not reside exclusively in works edited by giants but there is a very good job also in the small publishing and it has to be enhanced also by mass media which on the contrary are interested always in “usual” and makeshift “VIP”. In a word, it would be great to “adopt” even us authors… without voice.

How was the feedback of the readers?

The effort spent to write “Grigio” was paid off thanks to the positive feedback of readers. For this reason I decided to publish on my blog the opinions of who has keen on my novel, because when I feel down they help me to cheer me up and give me the strength to keep up this hard path. Receiving approvals it is rewarding but I am a person open to criticism for this reason I always ask readers to tell me their opinion in more direct and honest way as possible.

What are your next plans?

My next plans are to keep on promoting my creature “Grigio” and work at new novel because writing is one of things which more gives me joy and satisfaction and I really want to immerse myself in a world to invent yet.

Thanks to Caterina Saracino for this meeting.

By Andrea Cacciavillani

10 BOOKS OF 2010 TO BRING IN 2011

Our dear 2010 is almost over. If I had to draw up a personal list of the ten best novels published in 2010, the list would be as follows:

1) “Non ti voglio vicino” by Barbara Garlaschelli – edited by Frassinelli.

It is an intense novel that deals with a difficult topic but always relevant that is…. Finalist to Strega Award.

2) “Non dite che con il tempo si dimentica” by Daniela Dawan – edited by Marsilio.

When the desire to belong to a group can become lacerating to death.

3) “999 l’ultimo custode” by Carlo A. Martigli – edited by Castelvecchi.

An historical thriller that bring religious and mysterious thesis of Pico della Mirandola back down to light.

4) “Le luci nelle case degli altri” by Chiara Gamberale – edited by Mondadori.

An impassioned dialogue between Mandorla and Lorenzo, one of the tenants of apartment house which “adopted” her. It deals with love, stories, fairies and dwarves.

5) “Grigio” by Caterina Saracino – edited by Edizioni Eiffel.

An invitation to search of own dimension, own color, an homage to hope even when all seems lost.

6) “Acciaio” by Silvia Avallone – edited by Rizzoli.

the story of two young girl that grow up in the suburbs of “minor” Italian city. Finalist to Strega Award!

7) “Cercando Alice” by Camilla Trinchieri – edited by Marcos Y Marcos.

A novel about a family at war, in warring Europe, a vivid portrait of an era and a relationship between mother and daughter.

8) “La janara” by Licia Giaquinto – edited by Adelphi.

Set in Campania of the 60’s. The author takes us in a land full of popular culture and ancient rites, superstitions, vulgar modernity.

9) “Il cimitero di Praga” by Umberto Eco – edited by Bompiani.

An historical novel that deals with anti-Semitism and conspiracies.

10) “Accabadora” by Michela Murgia – edited by Einaudi.

Accabadora in Sardinian means “the woman who ends”. An intense novel that deals with a Sardinia of the 60’s, an ancient world on the border of precipice with its rules and its prohibitions, an ancestral language and shared tacit pacts.

It is an all-Italian list with the wish that the publishing can give more room to our authors instead of resorting to foreign. Room especially for young authors, good, with desire to tell stories that belong to us culturally and emotionally getting them out of pay publishing’s noose.

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