Piero Rivolta – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

THE CASTAWAY

It’s a novel about a man who is rescued in the Gulf of Mexico and can’t remember anything but his name. Nursed back to health by an old and irreverent Jesuit priest in a small village in the Yucatan, he meets an intriguing woman who runs a school for children. As their lives intertwine and their secret come out into the open, they become entangled in a complex web of emotions. It’s a very romantic story about love, friendship and the healing power of words.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have been a poet and entrepreneur all my life. I grew up in Italy, took over my father’s automobile company, IsoRivolta, and built luxury sports cars. Since coming to the U.S. in the early 1980s, I have been a real estate developer and designer of custom-built yachts. I love the sea, and actually sailed my own yacht across the Atlantic Ocean alone from Italy to Sarasota, which is now my home. I believe that beauty, whether in design, poetry or fiction is very important, so I pay attention to the way my prose looks on the page, even when writing a novel.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I don’t much care for mystery or suspense novels that brandish a lot of guns. They strike me as unreal. Unless they go off to war, most people never encounter that many weapons in a lifetime. I prefer novels like Paulo Cueloh’s and Hermann Hesse’s because there is a depth of meaning behind their apparent simplicity. My favorite poet is Leopardi.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am working on a book of poetry that interweaves my love of sailing with reflections on life. It is called “Going by Sea.” I believe that it is important to go back to poetry because it makes everything concrete, clear and real. Reasoning too much leaves human beings drowning in confusion.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Enjoy yourself when you write. If you write form the heart with simplicity, you will find somebody that understands your message.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I started to do some network marketing with my friends and acquaintances in other fields where I am well-known.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

On my publisher’s website, www.newchapter.com, at www.thecastaway.com, and at www.pierorivolta.com.