Interview with YA novel Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul by Marcus Dino

This Friday interview is with humorous and inspirational YA author Marcus Dino. He’s telling
us about Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul and other things.

the tour, Marcus will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
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Welcome, Marcus.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
am I who puts thoughts into the head of the eccentric struggling
actress/waitress pounding the pavements of Hollywood who calls herself ‘Fifi
Larouche,’ heroine of ‘Fifi Anything Goes in the Double Os’, ‘Practical Advice
from an Evolved Soul,’ and ‘Diary of a Mad Gen Yer?’
grew up a lover of the great American novel reading books such as The Grapes
of Warth, Jaws, and The Godfather.
I’ve also a lover of old Hollywood movies.
Somehow the combination of being a lover of great fiction and being a Hollywood
movie buff inspired me to create Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche, Hollywood actress who
endures one crazy adventure after another.
have also had a varied professional life outside of writing, starting out as an
electrical engineer working for several large Aerospace companies to teaching
math for many years at Los Angeles area middle schools. My teaching career
helped me understand what Fifi needs to go through as an actress as the two
professions require similar traits,

I also have masters degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Education and am
a graduate of Chapman University. I am semi-retired and currently live in Santa
Maria California.

Please tell us about
your current release.

your destiny Fifi, as you wander through the Wilderness.” Goth her spirit guide
tells her. What is 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl ‘Fifi’
Larouche’s destiny? Is it her burning desire to be the greatest actress
Hollywood has ever seen despite getting rejected from audition after another
and her father constantly telling he didn’t spend ‘a quarter of a million
dollars to send her to a top liberal arts college to be a waitress?” Is
it Fifi’s destiny as her spirit guides Goth and Au tell her that life is all
about ‘spiritual growth not being rich and famous’ despite the fact Fifi can’t
stand than an actress with one tenth her talent land a role she knows she is
more qualified for? 

Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is the third
in my ‘Fifi’ trilogy series after Hollywood novel Fifi and top ten
Amazon bestseller in it’s category anthology Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, dealing
with Fifi’s wild and wacky adventures. Like Diary, Evolved Soul
is a humorous anthology of short stories, blogs, and poems but Evolved Soul
also introduces the power of ‘Twitte’r with Fifi’s silly tweets’ and good
practical spiritual adice from Goth and Au, thus the name of the title Practical
Advice from an Evolved Soul. Evolved Soul
is partially meant to be
entertaining YA fantasy with such eccentric off the wall characters not only
Fifi and her college professor father Charles, but also a 200 year old English
ghost called ‘The 200 Year Old Great Writer’ and Fifi’s best friend Alocki, a
brilliant science professsor whom Fifi says is an extraterrestrial from another
star system and her equally brilliant but absent minded ‘extraterrestrial’
partner Helos. It is also a partially a ‘spiritual book’ with the advice that
Au and Goth give. Of course Au and Goth are involved with many of Fifi’s silly
What inspired you to
write this book?

inspired me to write a tweet in Fifi’s ‘silly tweets’ ‘Sometimes I just feel
like a whole mess of cells that grew a mutated in the 20th and 21st
century ..You know like a human petri dish…’ or ‘I used to see a shrink but
now that I am in LA I see….a psychic.’
inspiration to write Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is just
‘sponataneous creativity.’ The reader immediately feels and identifies not only
with her eccentricity and humor but also the real life struggles that Fifi goes
through. Living in Los Angeles and getting a feel for the Hollywood scene I
want the reader to get a bird eye’s view of not only a Hollywood actress’s
career is like but what life is like living in LA. After writing Fifi
I wanted to do something different in my approach to Fifi’s characterization and
decided to write 2 anthologies as oppose to sequel/prequel novels in Diary
of a Mad Gen Yer
and Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul. The
silly poems, the silly tweets, the silly blogs all give the reader a fresh new
perspective on who Fifi Larouche is as much and in my opinion more in depth
than any novel would, There is also the added inspiration advice from Goth and
Au that adds a creative advice to Evolved Soul.
Special excerpt:
(Excerpt from ‘A Midsummer Night’s
This is a night when strange demons
and vampires arrive to doth try to steal the soul of the innocent…Tonight oh
Neptune after the party we shall call the Royal Apothecary who will doth
conduct a potient out of bat wings and garlic and the tongues of TV talk show
hosts and politicians and other vile and smelly things…And whoever I praytell
drinks of this potient will scare off all evil souls and who ever drinks of
this potient will be strong as anyone who drinketh such foul and smelly stuff
would have to be strong…and crazy…Now.. Come my good king and my subjects let
us now go to the party at the palace to intake in wine and merriment….
(Image of Ghost from Hamlet appears)
What noblest of misfortunes that
hath cursed my son Hamlet partakes thou fair Queen? I praytell that I shalt
make amends for my son to be of assistance to thee…My son Hamlet at times hath
not believed in me…I praytell thou noblest of Queens believe in me as I was
once King Denmark…
I hath no misfortune oh Ghost of the
King of Denmark…I praytell that thou may get into the minds of casting
directors of good theater and good movies and good TV shows of which there are
so few in 2012 and convince them of my acting abilities…Now Ghost of the King
of Denmark a place where they doth are well known for changing men into women
and women into men I doth praytell thou join us at the palace for an evening of
wine, song, and merriment….
What exciting story
are you working on next?
after writing three books dealing with Fifi’s life my next project perhaps will
be a screenplay. I’m also looking at converting Diary of a Mad Gen Yer
from e book to print, finally I am hopefully entertaining a lot of Fifi’s
‘followers’ on Twitter and Facebook. I try to do at least 2 or 3 tweets a day. Anything
that’s newsworthy and you can bet your bottom line ‘Fifi’ will be talking about
it. Finally as you can see from the spiritual advice part from Goth and Au I
have been interested in spiritually and my book may be a fiction or nonfiction
book with a spirituality theme. Of course if it’s fiction there is a good
chance ‘Fifi; will again be involved.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
considered myself a writer when I was in elementary school and had to write ‘book
reports.’ I think as an elementary school student so many moons ago I liked
English actually better than Math. Later on in high school I got more
interested in Math, I wish to mentioned I bombed my Verbal SAT and took
‘Bonehead English’ in college. Writing is a skill, just like teaching, that is
squired with time.
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?
sure wish I has the luxury to write full time. I still have to work part time
to pay the bills, but that’s why you can see my last 2 books are anthologies.
Even if I wrote full time I have to hand it to authors Stephen King or Dean
Koontz, I just do not have the imagination or stamina to write a full length
novel. I did it once and that’s enough. I get my ideas from say my wild and
crazy dreams which inspired Fifi’s ‘silly dreams,’ from people I meet, and
believe it or not when I’m driving at night or places that I go to such as the
supermarket. Where I don’t get many ideas is sitting in front of my laptop. Believe
it or not listening to classic rock while I’m driving or on my smart phone
while I’m working out really stirs my imagination.
What would you say is
your interesting writing quirk?
Fifi’s ‘silly tweets’ on my smart phone, I absolutely love Twitter. In my new
screenplay Fifi tells Jerry her agent as she is struggling to make it as an
actress she will has started writing the next Great American Novel while
driving 60 mph in her truck on the Hollywood Fwy using her smart phone writing
app. Of course when I tweet on my smart phone I make sure that I’m parked
As a child, what did
you want to be when you grew up?
doctor, a scientist, an actor, later in college which I know is not a child but
you are still ‘growing up,’ a geologist, a mathematician, and engineer, which I
became. As you can see I switched majors. And yes I wanted to be a writer as a
kid. Marcus Dino as a named I penned as a kid and wanted to be a great science
fiction writer as I loved reading Asimov and Bradbury. I have no idea why that
name came to me, just sounds so noble. Obviously like most people I did not
have an exact profession as a kid. Ironically I never considered being a
teacher until I landed a teaching job as a mid-career and stuck with it.
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
one thing I have enjoyed throughout my life is entertainment. When I read or
write fiction or watch a movie or even a TV show (and there are so few
entertaining TV shows today), or go to a play, I want to be entertained. This
is what I have tried to do in the character of Fifi Larouche. I have tried to
make her the most entertaining character I possibly can.
can be purchased through major online bookstores such as Amazon 
and Smashwords
You can find me on Facebook
and Twitter (over 7,500 followers) username: Fifilarouche
Thanks, Marcus!

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