Author interview 137 – Anthony Tonelli


Anthony Tonelli

United States

Age 50

Anthony was born in Rio Piedras, PR but grew up in New
York City. He now resides in New England with his wife and
two young children. He is a student at Arizona State University,
where he majored in history with a focus on the American
Revolution.
He has loved science fiction and horror since childhood and
finally wrote his first feature book titled „Legacy” and released
it in April 2021. His idea of what science fiction can be takes the
genre in a completely different direction. Some of his favorite
sci-fi elements are time travel, the multiverse, historical fiction
(in a sci-fi setting), artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial life,
planetary exploration, and dystopia (with a focus on poli-science
fiction).
He is an avid fan of baseball and also cooking (especially
barbecue). He worked as a professional mixologist for over 25
years and has taught mixology for 14 of those years.
Fun fact: as of January 1999 he was a professional wrestler who
participated in his last match in January 2020.
As the American Revolution rages on in the colonies, operatives from The Dominion are there to
give birth to democracy in the United States as part of a bigger plan to spread freedom
throughout the world. What the colonists don’t know is that some of the most prominent figures
rebelling alongside them, have travelled back in time from the 22nd century to secure a victory
for the colonies. When The Console, the machine that sent them back in time malfunctions, it
leaves the operatives trapped in 18th century America. The operatives fight to stay alive long
enough to get back home, while their team in the 22nd century work furiously to bring them back
safely.
The operatives must try to get back home while still carrying out their mission to free the
colonies or risk drastically altering history and freedom as we know it forever. If their mission
fails they will come back to an America that never gained its freedom, the America they
departed from will no longer exist. As time begins to run out in both centuries, a sinister plot is
uncovered that may bring down The Dominion and leave their operatives stranded in a war
zone 400 years in the past. The future of America and of democracy in the world hang in the balance.

Romelia:   WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ACTIVIST, AND WHAT KIND?

Anthony Tonelli:   I’d have to say Cleon Strong. Definitely political activism or possibly social justice.

Romelia:   DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE – AND, IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?

Anthony Tonelli:   I always try to work to music, I prefer instrumental music like classical, jazz or blues. My current favorite is the Vitamin String quartet.

Romelia:   HAVE PETS EVER GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING?

Anthony Tonelli:   No. I don’t have any.

Romelia:   IF YOUR BOOK WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE, WHICH ACTORS WOULD PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS?

Anthony Tonelli:   Cleon Strong= Graham Mctavish

Claudius= Ron Perlman

Annabelle Prince= Allie Ionnades

Diana Prince= Sophie Turner

Ishtar= Zoe Saldana

Stuart young= Hashim Tawfiq

Malcolm= Sam Heughan

Trujillo= Pedro Alonso

Minerva= Haley Orrantia

Miss mcguire= Sophie Skelton

Romelia:   HAVE YOU EVER KILLED OFF A CHARACTER YOUR READERS LOVED?

Anthony Tonelli:   Yes.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?

Anthony Tonelli:   Tell the bulk of the story through dialog. It completely changed my approach and made the story better.

Romelia:   WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS?

Anthony Tonelli:   Like anything else, do it often, do it a lot. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will get.

Romelia:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS CREATE PLOTLINES?

Anthony Tonelli:   Looping is an exercise that I learned from a writing professor in which you write nonstop for a set amount of time. Then do it again for the same amount of time but you start with the central idea of the first paragraph. Repeat this for about 6-7 paragraphs and you will get a number of ideas.

Romelia:   WHAT HAS HELPED OR HINDERED YOU MOST WHEN WRITING A BOOK?

Anthony Tonelli:   Time. Plain and simple. Specifically, not enough of it.

Romelia:   DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU? OR BOTH?

Anthony Tonelli:   Definitely energizes me.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR WRITING?

Anthony Tonelli:   My graphic artist and publicist. I decided to spend money in the places where others would do a much better job than me.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR NEW AUTHORS?

Anthony Tonelli:   Trying to write for too big of an audience. The bible is the best-selling book of all time and over 5 billion people are not fans of it. Be aware of what you write and who you are trying to reach.

Romelia:   HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Anthony Tonelli:   I go by word count because that tells me actual progress on the book. I aim for 2,500 words per day.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS OR WEBSITES FOR WRITERS?

Anthony Tonelli:   Sadly, I don’t have any that I follow so I can’t honestly recommend any. I just started my own on my website so admittedly, I’m new to writer blogs.

Romelia:   AT WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WRITING?

Anthony Tonelli:   Nighttime. I’m a night owl and the kids are asleep so this is the most peace and quiet I get.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CHARACTER NAMES FOR YOUR STORIES?

Anthony Tonelli:   Because this first series is historical fiction, I use names of real characters or names that fit that time period.

Romelia:   DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN WRITING CHALLENGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY?

Anthony Tonelli:   I have never done one of those. Not opposed to them, just never done one.

Romelia:   IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CURE A DISEASE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Anthony Tonelli:   Diabetes or cancer. Not surprisingly, I’ve lost loved ones to both.

Romelia:   WHEN YOU’RE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?

Anthony Tonelli:   Other than my music and possibly a glass of single malt scotch, I don’t do anything differently to set the mood.

Romelia:   WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?

Anthony Tonelli:   My wife. She is my editor and I trust her objectivity. She isn’t a huge sci-fi fan so she can be honest and is usually right.

Romelia:   WHAT BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING?

Anthony Tonelli:   I wish I still had time to write but when I did read, I loved classics. I especially love sci-fi from the 19th century. I find it fascinating to read what sci-fi writers like Verne or wells thought the future would be like and what it actually is. I also love anything from Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, and Dan Brown.

Romelia:   ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR AUTHORS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?

Anthony Tonelli:   Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry, Stephen King, and Dan Brown were all inspirational but Rod Serling to me is the greatest storyteller in the genre. He was my initial inspiration.

Romelia:   NAME AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NOVEL THAT YOU LOVE.

Anthony Tonelli:   I’d have to say “11/23/63” by Stephen King. Even though an 8-part series was done for prime, it is super underrated. An amazing time travel story.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Anthony Tonelli:   Don’t know if it counts as funny but I was a professional wrestler for a decade.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Anthony Tonelli:   I am driven (since I started writing), I’m a dad and a husband who likes to make his family happy and proud. I love to cook indoors and especially outdoors. Basically, I’m an average guy who happens to write awesome stories. LOL.

What I hate about the world is the amount of ignorance and cruelty. If both those traits disappeared from the world, we would instantly live in a better world.

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