Interview with author Kfir Luzzatto

Today’s guest author is from Israel. Kfir Luzzatto is currently touring his thriller The Evelyn Project. There’s a lot history behind this novel.
Bio:
Kfir
Luzzatto
was
born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He
acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S.
soldier, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical
engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel,
with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar, and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.
Kfir
has published extensively in the professional and general press over the years.
He is the author of several short stories but now mostly writes full-length
fiction. Books: Crossing the Meadow (2003 P&E “Best horror novel”), The Odyssey Gene (2006), Have Book Will Travel (2012). He got the idea for his new
thriller, The Evelyn Project, from an in-depth research into the family
archives.
Welcome to Reviews and Interviews, Kfir. Please
tell us about your current release.
The
Evelyn Project

is a thriller that runs in parallel in present days and a hundred years ago. An
old document is brought to light and characters in both centuries believe that
it creates a connection between them that bridges the time gap and may change
history. Murder, cross-country chase, intrigue and some romance are the
ingredients that propel the story forward. I am told that the book keeps you on
the edge of your seat, and that’s what it was meant to do.
What
inspired you to write this book?
Evelyn
(or, rather
Evelina, as she was named in my native Italy) was my great
aunt. She died of tuberculosis in 1894. She was only 26 years old. My second
daughter, Lilach, is her living image and her 26th birthday is approaching
fast. That might have been a catalyst for me to write the book. When my parents
died I was left with the responsibility to make sure that my family history
would not be forgotten. That entailed a lot of reading in books, documents and
letters, which brought Evelyn’s figure increasingly to life for me – so much so
that I simply had to write a book about her, because I realized that without my
intervention her memory would soon fade from this world.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I
have completed a contemporary novel,
An Italian Obsession, which will be
released in September of this year. It is a dramatic representation of
middle-class Italian life after World War II. I am now working on a
techno-thriller that I plan to release in 2013.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
I
had a hard time calling myself that, until I opened the package that came from
my publisher with a copy of my debut novel,
Crossing the Meadow, and I
realized that it was for real. Still it took me a few more months before I was
fully convinced. I guess that it was
Crossing the Meadow placing first
in the Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll that really did the trick.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I
have a very demanding day job, running a patent law firm established by my
great-grandfather (the one in
The Evelyn Project) 143 years ago, but I
use every free moment to write. I sit down to write mostly at night and during
weekends, but also on trains, airplanes and pretty much everywhere. It has
become a Pavlovian reflex: free moment=work on novel.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I
dictate the first draft of every book using an amazing piece of software called
“Dragon Naturally Speaking”, and I do so walking around the room (except if I’m
in a noisy environment with other people listening in). I dictate the chapters
as they come and in my second version (done at the keyboard) I reshuffle them
so the two versions look completely different. I guess it sounds loopy, but it
works for me.
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At
first I wanted to be a sailor (until I realized that I can’t swim very well),
then a photographer and a dozen other irrelevant things. It kept changing with
every book I read.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
My
greatest beef with some of the books out there is that they are formulaic,
written without passion. I can usually tell after a couple of chapters if an
author was possessed when he wrote his book. I hope my readers can feel the
passion that I put into each novel and that I can pass some of it on to my
audience. One of the greatest compliments given to
The Evelyn Project
was that reading it “was like being in the middle of a REALLY good Hitchcock
movie! but with WORDS instead of moving pictures!” That’s my aim: turning
words into moving pictures in the reader’s head.

Thank you for stopping by today, Kfir. I think you’re my first guest author from Israel. It’s been a pleasure getting to know a bit about you and your writing.

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