About Cesario Picca:
Hi, I'm Cesario Picca, I was born and bred in Salento, in South Italy. For 25 years I worked as a crime and judicial reporter so it was very simple start writing thrillers. In my books, like the psychological thriller Broken Lives and the femicide thriller Murder in the Tremiti Isles, there are many real stories crossed with fantasy.
The main character of my thrillers is a rough and rational man, talkative, charismatic, ready to savor every moment of life as if it was the last. Nicknamed Saru (the nickname that is given in Salento to those named like him), the reporter Rosario Santacroce covers the city's crime beat. As often happens, occasionally work also follows him on holidays because a real reporter is destined (almost) never to unplug. And that is probably why he gets entangled in murders.
Maybe, between Saru Santacroce and me there are many points in common, we love life and we think life is a gift. We love footing and untill now we have run 20 marathons. A good way, in our opinion, to relax and feel good.
In 2002 I was awarded the Piero Passetti prize for Chronicler of the year. I’m a speaker or moderator at numerous conferences and participate in many radio and television broadcasts
What inspires you to write?
I’m a a crime and judicial reporter and when I write I’m inspired by the reality, by my work, by what I see and I hear, by the life. I love hearing, seeing and feeling what happens around me and I write it in a romance way. I mix real life experiences and imagination. But I think reality is the most important mine we can draw fully from. When I feel a story and I have many elements to write it I start writing. For example, some months ago I read about a prisoner’s escape and my fantasy turned on pushing me writing a new thriller
Tell us about your writing process.
Generally I'm a pantser but I also use a plotter or outliner. It depends on the moment. I usually write when I feel the story or when I'm inspired by the reality or by my work. I start writing and I don't stop untill the end of the story
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My most important character is the journalist Rosario Saru Santacroce. Maybe we are the same person but I live real life and Rosario lives in my thrillers. I think there's a sort of relationship with my characters and we interact, we help each other, we are a real team working for the same goal
What advice would you give other writers?
Nothing is impossible. Because impossible means I'm possible. But you need a serious project otherwise it's difficult
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a crime and judicial reporter and I work breathing crimes, murders, thrillers and suspense so it was not difficult to start writing. But I think there’s always a turning point in our life, the right moment to start doing something and I was looking for it. I started in 2004. It was a frozen evening and I was waiting for police to explain what happened in an apartment where an old woman died. The real story turned the beginning on in my mind. So I started thinking about a thriller and I wrote it. I’ve never found a serious or professional editor and so I decided to become an indie author
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think selfpublishing is a wonderful challenge. Readers are not stupid sheeps as someone think. So if they like an author they support him despite the only thought massifying or usual editors or newspapers’ reviews. Readers are the only and real unit of measurement of your talent and with selfpublishing they can evaluate real talents.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Thriller and mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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