A Google Translated Interview with Shane Jones, from Italian Vogue
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Extravagant and a bit pessimistic, but certainly very imaginative. He is Shane Jones, writer and poet who has achieved success with the playful novel I am in February and, after only a year after the publication in Italy, back to be talked about with his latest book, Daniel the tempest. The biggest nightmare of the protagonist, to see the whole city and all the people destroyed by a hurricane, you are going to realize, endangering the life of the woman he loved. Daniel will have to fight against the indifference of nature and the demons of his life save himself and his ex-wife, Karen. A fantasy novel and fun that will captivate even those who had the most pleasant I am in February.
1. What was the inspiration for this book?
There was one inspiration, but many. The pipes, the destruction, the personification of time the teeth decayed, dreams fast, they are some of the things that inspired me. Imagination, of course, much more than the reality. It is an obvious answer, but the main reason was simply to write a book. Point.
2. How would you describe Daniel? Is there something you have in common with him?
Certainly not describe it like a madman. The world of Daniel is a world unto itself, is its reality. I think Daniel is incredibly sad and beautiful at the same time. His world is so crazy cute that he as an individual, as a person, almost disappears. Is not swallowed up by everyday life—like going to the store, have dinner with friends, doing exercises. What I have in common with him? We both know a way to escape from reality into something better. And Daniel has traveled.
3. Have you ever faced a hurricane?
No, but I hope it happens one day. I should win. They are thin, but fast.
4. Dreams a lot? What?
No, do not dream a lot. I think that if I did not write in this way, because dreams I would suffice. I’m not sure this makes sense. However, I have never been a good dreamer. The last dream I remember is that of a long wire that is constantly pulled from my heel.
5. What is your greatest fear?
If I have to choose something, I think is to see the people who are close to death. I have no fears. I believe that this world is just very chaotic, absurd, sad, surprising and disgusting. What should I really be scared? Of death? Nooo.
6. Your writer and your favorite book.
This is a difficult question. I hate it. I read a lot. I think the writers, at some point, they hate all the books and this is the reason why they continue to write their own.
7. What is the matter t’interessava most at school?
8. How do you explain the success of your first book I am in February ?
I think it’s a funny book, which affects people in a strange way. However, there are many people who hate him. To me success is always inexplicable. How could you explain the success of a delicious dinner? I’m just very happy that people have read it and liked it. I feel very lucky.
9. Are you working on a new book? If so, could you anticipate something?
Yes, I have written a new book. Longer than I am in February and Daniel against the hurricane combined. The book is incredibly strange. There is only one thing I can tell you: the book’s characters eat crystals.