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.