Dragon Soul Press proudly presents Author Jordan Petrarca has joined the ranks! His expertise resides in organized crime and fantasy novels. Learn more about this author here.
Q: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
A: No, even though my last name looks kind of hard to pronounce, I think it’s cool and I love the Italian heritage behind it.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A: I would tell my younger self to not be so hard on yourself, be confident and believe in what you write. Oh, and stop being so lazy and start writing more!
Q: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
A: When I was in sixth grade, I wrote a play called “The Murder of Big Bird” for an English assignment. The teacher loved it so much that she had me cast some of my classmates and perform it in front of the class. The classroom roared with laughter throughout the entire performance and it amazed me how much I could connect with an audience through simple words and beloved characters.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A: To me, literary success can be as simple as even just one person telling you how much they enjoyed reading something you wrote from your own imagination. Especially, my wife…Of course, I would love seeing the whole world enjoy it, but in the end, I just want my family to be proud of me.
Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
A: The research I do for writing is simple. I watch movies, read books, and play video games that inspire me to be creative. Years back I didn’t have the confidence to write an entire novel, but after reading over thirty books in a year, I started to believe that I had the tools to write one.
Q: How many hours a day do you write?
A: I have a fairly busy life, but when I’m writing a manuscript, I spend about four hours a day writing. Mostly at night because I spend time with my twin girls before they go to bed.
Q: What was your hardest scene to write?
A: When I wrote Mafia University, the words flowed pretty easily because I’ve had the idea in my head for the last fifteen years. But if I had to choose which scene was the hardest to write, it would have to be the opening scene. It’s a brutal scene, but it makes you want to read what happens next.
Q: What is your favorite childhood book?
A: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: It takes me about 4-6 months to write a book.
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?