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Dario Ciriello

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Dario Ciriello is a professional author and freelance editor, as well as the founder of Panverse Publishing.

His first novel, "Sutherland's Rules", a crime caper/thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in 2013. "Free Verse and Other Stories", a collection of Dario's short Science Fiction work, was released in June 2014.

Dario's new novel, a supernatural suspense thriller titled "Black Easter", will be released on December 5, 2015 and is now available for pre-order. (For full description and links, go here: http://www.panversepublishing.com/bla...).

Dario has also edited and copyedited over a dozen novels, as well as three critically-acclaimed SF novella anthologies (Panverse One, Two, and Three).

Dario's nonfiction book, Aegea
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Dario Ciriello It's helpful to understand what writer's block might actually be. I think the popular image -- and that shared, unfortunately by a good many writers…moreIt's helpful to understand what writer's block might actually be. I think the popular image -- and that shared, unfortunately by a good many writers -- is that the well of inspiration has dried up and the muse has fled. I don't think it's quite like that.

First off, a muse (which is actually the writer's subconscious) requires work on the part of the writer to nourish her or him. This work primarily takes the form of sitting down every day at the keyboard, whether or not you feel inspired, and typing something. In addition, the writer needs to be reading, getting out, exchanging ideas, experiencing life, and generally feeding their muse. If you sit around waiting to be inspired, you're likely to have a very long wait, and any inspiration that does come is likely to be short-lived.

Second, writer's block, especially with a work in progress, is a signal from the subconscious that something isn't working. I would look for this first in character and ask myself if I have all my characters squarely in focus, whether I know them all as well as I should. Since I don't plot in the abstract but rather let my characters' interactions create the plot, the problem for me is almost always one of character...because if they aren't moving and acting, the plot stops.

It's also possible that the blocked writer is simply bored with their work. This happens. In this case the answer is to write an exciting scene even if it's out of sequence, or rethink the story altogether and ask yourself if the idea will actually carry a long story.

Finally, sometimes the writer may just be overwhelmed by life. Demands of work, money concerns, family illness, all consume time and bandwidth. My advice in these cases is the same advice I give writers in every case: write daily, and first thing in the morning, before your head gets filled with junk and the world begins to make demands. Get up an hour or two earlier if you need to. Ditch evening TV for sure and go to bed earlier if you need to -- TV is just a time sink for the writer, and should be the first thing to go. Get your social media and online time under control. If you want to write badly enough, you'll make the time.

To conclude, then, I believe that writer's block comes in many forms, and each is eminently capable of a cure. But it takes effort, intelligence, and most of all determination. Writing is mostly about tenacity and will. (less)
Dario Ciriello As is often the case, the core story and characters for Black Easter were the result of a collision of ideas.

I'd wanted for some time to write a book…more
As is often the case, the core story and characters for Black Easter were the result of a collision of ideas.

I'd wanted for some time to write a book about classic, old-school black magic -- the nasty ritual kind, with demons and sacrifices. There's not much of that about today, and I've never been one to follow the hot trends, which is why I'm not writing about zombies or glittery vampires. I wanted to explore real evil (and real good) instead.

I'd also wanted for some while to set something in WWII and explore the mind of an officer in the Waffen-SS (the fighting arm of the Nazi Party's Schutzstaffel, essentially Hitler's elite guards). Enter standartenfuhrer (colonel) Klaus Maule, my tramumatized survivor of the Russian campaign who is given a sinecure command by friends in high places to get him quietly out of the way.

Finally, I wanted to set a dark thriller on an idyllic Greek island, a milieu I know from my own experience of living a year on the actual "Mamma Mia!" island of Skopelos, per my nonfiction memoir, Aegean Dream. The delicious contrast of evil goings-on against a bucolic or paradisiacal backdrop has always appealed to me.

Somehow -- and this happens to writers all the time -- these three ideas came together in my head, and before I knew it I was writing a dark thriller with some eight major characters starting off on two separate timelines (one in the 1930s and 1940s, one in the present day), and all coming together on a small and lovely island in the Aegean.

Black Easter was, for a variety of reasons, the hardest book I've yet written, but I had a great time doing it. I hope readers will get a thrill out of it, and feel the same cold shivers I did as the book builds towards its inevitable climax.(less)
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Dario Haha no worries, Sarah :) It was something like, I came across "Father of lies" on Amazon, did a look inside, and was impressed enough to buy; I look forward to reading this one. And as a fellow author (Brit living in L.A.), I thought I'd reach out and connect with you.
Thanks for accepting my friend request, and here's wishing you every success!
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Sarah wrote: "Hi Dario - I clicked on your friend request too quickly and never got to read the message you sent with it... now I can't recover it! Good to hook up anyway!
Kindest wishes, Sarah England"



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Sarah England Hi Dario - I clicked on your friend request too quickly and never got to read the message you sent with it... now I can't recover it! Good to hook up anyway!
Kindest wishes, Sarah England


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