Interview with author Paola Giometti

Book: The Destiny Of The Wolves

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hi, I’m Paola Giometti, a Brazilian who lives in northern Norway. At 11 I was the youngest writer in Brazil and I write books related to Arctic nature, folklore and Scandinavian culture. I have already published 8 books in Portuguese, and The Destiny of the Wolves was translated into English and was published by Underline Publishing and soon its Spanish version will also be available. I am also a biologist with a PhD in Natural Sciences and I work in cancer research. in the free time I write, walk in forests and mountains, and study ancient Scandinavian magic.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Destiny of the Wolves’ book?

First the book was written in Portuguese. Writing and publishing The Destiny of the Wolves was a very complicated process. I had already published a book when I was 11, but I didn’t know anything about the literary universe. It was at age 30 that I officially published the book and it was a painful process as some publishers asked me who I thought I was to be able to write a book about wolves. They even said that I only sold books because I have green eyes and that my literature was very weak, that it would never be sold to schools. I don’t know how literature works in your country, Sassy, but in Brazil there is a huge bonfire of vanities and I had to keep my head firmly on my goal, otherwise I would have given up there. But in six months I sold 1000 books, alone and working in events. It wasn’t easy as I did most of the work myself promoting my book standing at 7 or 11 days, twelve hours per day, not having enough money to eat properly, and I was always sick afterward. I wore contact lenses like a wolf’s eyes and did artistic makeup to help me in this marketing process. It really was a lot of work. Today I have a publisher to support me and only this year they sold more than 25,000 books to schools and readers in Brazil.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

My biggest literary influences are the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, whose perseverance was able to publish his books in several languages and today has more followers on Twitter than JK Rowlling. JK Rowlling with Harry Potter, Tolkien with Hobbitt and The Lord of the Rings, Philip Pullman with The Golden Compass, Rick Riordan with Percy Jackson, Dan Brown with all his books, Michael Ende with The Neverending Story, Bernard Cornwell with his series of historical books.

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I post a lot of landscape pictures on my Instagram and TikTok and also on Youtube so I’m guessing you’re asking about Norway, right? I believe the place I most enjoyed visiting was the Horseid valley located in Lofoten. You can only get there by boat, and you have to go up a mountain, reach the plateau and go down the other side, so you can have the view I’m talking about. From there, it is possible to see a wonderful valley, with a lake at its deepest part, and a small paradisiacal river that descends in steps towards the sea. Walking through this valley surrounded by high mountains, we get the impression that we are very small, and that we are in the house of the gods. Further on, we then see a kilometer of dunes to finally reach a beach with very fine white sand and super green water. All landscapes in Norway inspire me to create landscapes and universes for my stories.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

There is a long process between working on an idea and bringing it into a book. It needs a lot of research, references, and that makes your book more believable to the reader, even if we’re talking about a fantasy story. Structuring the text is important so that you don’t waste so much time after fixing the book’s problems, leaving unnecessary characters, objects and scenes. I always do a research and one big scripting process before writing the book.

Q6. Could you talk about your new book Symbiosa and the Threat in the Arctic from Nordika Publisher?

Symbiosa will be published in English in December and will feature the story of a girl named Emma who became very ill as a child, but who was saved by a mystical procedure called Symbiosa, which connected her soul with a falcon. At the same time that Emma was saved, she developed very good eyes. In the book I bring the Sámi people, one of the oldest peoples in Scandinavia, who are devoted to the forces of nature and have a great connection with reindeer, as well as being known for their fabulous mysterious chants called joikes. The plot also brings an investigation into strange events that have been taking place in the city of Tromsø, with missing people and people who think they are animals. Anyone who likes books of mystery, adventure and mysticism will certainly like Symbiosa and the Threat in the Arctic.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

They can be found on Amazon and Abesbooks

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

Today, all covers are made by professional cover artists in the field of literature and there is a work in group to build this image. Usually the publisher puts me in contact with the artist and I tell the essence of the story so she or he can work creativity on it. My book titles are usually the last thing I create when I finish writing a book, as I already know the entire trajectory of my characters and the essence of the story. Even though I planned the book, the process of writing it does bring some changes along the way.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Different ideas and little explored usually bring me more satisfaction and interest in developing a story. I usually say that all the stories have already been told, and that the difference is the way they are told. I usually use the adventures I do in the mountains to make some new story born, as I see the stories written in the bark of the trees in the form of faces, just as I see my characters in the shape of the mountains and rocks. If I walk through a valley and realize that it could be in my story, my imagination, during the journey, I will put the elements of the story in the middle of the way, such as a castle of alchemist scholars, a portal among the trees, the “sound” of the northern lights and shapes, whether the northern lights are happy or sad… I sometimes draw maps based on the mountains here, marking territories for tribes made up of animals or other creatures. All of this is a way for me to feel that I’m adventuring very deeply into nature here and at the same time I’m brainstorming for a new book.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), can you share with your readers?

I love putting secrets in my books. Yes, there are a lot of them in The Destiny of the Wolves, but I’ll just tell you two of them. My family and I took many dogs from the streets and helped lot of dogs. We’ve had great packs. The characters are wolves inspired by my dogs: Kushi wanted to be the alpha, and after a few years she lost her leg. Dingo was a very clumsy and noisy dog, and Tuska was an old brown. I tried to give the behavior characteristics of my dogs to Kushi’s pack. The other secret is that The Destiny of the Wolves belongs to the Fables of the Earth series, and it was the first book published. However, it doesn’t matter the order in which the books are read, as they all connect and crossover with easter eggs that are revealed during the reading. Soon I hope to be able to bring the other books from the series into English, so that everyone can have access to these surprises.

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