First time author Francesco Piscitelli is a name to look out for. At only 19 he has already penned his first major novel:
This is a book where the animal and human kingdom merge into intrigue and adventure. It is also intelligently written with an exciting cast of characters.
Francesco Piscitelli is currently studying animal behaviour at Exeter University, England.
I recently caught up with this rising talent and asked him some pretty deep questions. As you will read below, this young man is a deep thinker and is already well grounded in who he is and what he wants in life. His answers are very inspiring.
TSP: What do you love most about your life?
FP: My freedom to pursue my talents the way I want to. I was lucky to be born in an era where indie authors don’t have to rely on publishing houses and instead can independently publish books and send their work out quickly to their required audience. I’m still pretty young, so I believe in living life to its fullest; I live with my friends in Exeter during my University term-time, so life isn’t exactly awful when I take off my writer’s hat. I’m around my favourite people 24-7 and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
TSP: What is the best part of your day?
FP: At the moment, I’m on summer holidays between academic years so my days are spent doing what I do best – writing, creating and weaving together an intricate story that I enjoy telling. Pursuing my dreams and honing my talent are parts of my days that are golden. Soon, I can only hope all my hard work pays off so that reading my book will be the best part of my reader’s day.
FP: Year 4, Teacher-Parent meetings, one-on-one. Mum and I have been called in to talk about this green notebook I carried around with me for a month. It started off blank, but I soon filled it with a story about a group of kids who get lost on an island full of dinosaurs, written eloquently in an eight-year-old’s scrawl. We spent most of the meeting talking about that.
TSP: What is the best advise you have ever been given?
FP: Some of my favourite actors, actresses and singers alike have come so far in their lives and when asked how the managed to get to where they are, they simply say “Don’t give up. Be yourself. Do what you love.” I’ve heard lots of paraphrases of that message and I try and live by it. I think life’s too short to ever pass up on opportunities or give up on your dreams.
FP: That’s a super hard question, and I’ve left this last to answer because I have scratched my head and sat speechless for about ten minutes before I’ve come to the conclusion there is not enough mozzarella in the world. Yes, the cheese. I’ve eaten an entire packet for dinner before (the way of a student life) when my stores were dire and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
FP: In my eyes, a spiritual person is someone who is in-tune with themselves. A person who knows what they want and found a way to express themselves, whether it be through a book, a canvas or a lyric or otherwise, whatever makes them happy. A person who believes in the soul and that there is something after death, too, because that surely is part of one’s spirit, no? I’ve met spiritual people who aren’t necessarily creative, either, just open-minded.
FP I saw this on a blog called MeYouAndCharlie (anybody who has an eye or an ear for fun things to see or read should have a gander) created by one of my favourite actresses, Dianna Agron, under the ‘Daily Inspiration’ section and for some reason it really spoke to me.
TSP: What in your opinion, is the most important thing that parents can give their children to prepare them for life?
FP: A sense of humour and the quality to never take yourself too seriously. That, without a doubt. For me personally, I’d like to create a stable homely house full of kids so that they can learn from one another. And furthermore to infuse a drive to pursue any mere whim that they enjoy, whether it be acting or horse-riding or football or juggling toasters. Even if they lose ten competitions in a row, they should keep at it, just to puzzle the teachers, annoy their rivals and most importantly have a little fun!
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