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Interview with Marcus Dino, author of Diary of a Mad Gen Y er

Diary of a Mad Gen Y er

Diary of a Mad Gen Y er

It’s time to play Book Trivia!

Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us. By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!

So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!

Today our guest author is Marcus Dino, author of young adult short story fantasy, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer.

Marcus Dino has had an interesting professional career, first as an Aerospace engineer, next as a passionate math teacher teaching in urban Los Angeles which he currently still does, and finally, as a part time literary fiction author. It is Mr Dino’s being a die hard movie buff that led him to writing Diary of a Mad Gen Yer in addition to his first novel, Fifi, Anything goes in the Double Os, first published in 2003. Mr Dino is a graduate of Chapman University and he also has Masters Degrees in both Education and Electrical Engineering. Diary of a Mad Gen Yer and Fifi can be found at www.smashwords.com and www.summertimeproductions.net. Mr Dino’s personal website which includes numerous blogs, short stories, and poems involving his central character Fifi Larouche, which helped inspire him to write his anthology, Diary, can also be found at www.authorsden.com/marcusdino.

If Tom Hanks, in the movie Cast Away, unearthed a copy of Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Omigeesh I’m so excited to be filling in for Marcus because he says he’s just like so busy with doing all these blog interviews and with his teaching job. I’m Fifi Larouche, the mad and crazy struggling actress who is the main character in Diary of a Mad Gen Yer. Now the first thing is that if Tom found a copy of Diary on this deserted island of his well at least it will make things a lot easier for him to pass the time. He wouldn’t have to spend all his time fishing and climbing tree looking for coconuts, He certainly won’t get bored with ‘island fever’ reading Diary unlike if he were reading most of these ‘bestsellers’ you see today……’Boring boring the old man spends his time reading a bestselling new millennium book and it helps him with his snoring…..’ I can be a bit cruel can’t I? Now as for helping him get off that darned island, well he would read all these stories where I have my silly dreams and I would rub my shoes and then I would go into a nice fantasy dream world but who knows? Maybe Tom rubs his shoes and closes his eyes and wishes really hard to be rescued and a big rescue ship comes out of nowhere to rescue him. Of course he could also wake up after a coconut fell on his head and then groan out loud that ii was only a dream, only a dream. You people sometimes ever hate waking up from a dream because it’s so much better than ‘reality world?’ I sure do.

Everyone knows rock star idol Brittany Spears is always in trouble. In what way could your book help her and set her life back on track?

Just read the darn book Brittany, you’ll laugh your socks off and it will take your mind off of your current troubles.

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi determining whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay. What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

All three things my dear, all three things. I trulytrulytrulytrulytruly wish that they did have some kind of contest like that. Fifi and Diary would kick the competition’s rear end. Simon, Paula who I believe is no longer with ‘Idols,’ Randy, and Kara would be so wowed when they saw the book cover or read the best review or read an excerpt from either book. I mean here’s an excerpt from Diary, “I trulytrulytruly I trulytrulytruly I trulytrulytruly I trulytrulytruly could care less what people think about me,” or “Some people find me interesting because I’m weird and some people find me weird because I’m interesting.” I believe even stuck up Simon would like that quote, he is so much like one of the characters in Diary, the 200 year old Great Writer.

Hulk Hogan, the famous wrestler and star of his own reality show, has invited you and your book to appear on his show. One catch. You have to read a passage out of it to convince him you are star material. What part would you read?

“EEEEEEEEEK IT’S THE SIX HEADED FLYING GIANT ANT….” Omigosh if Hulk doesn’t find that story funny and doesn’t invite me on his show, well then……..maybe I’ll talk to one of his rivals……..you know like Rocky Balboa……or that KISS fella………No I have no doubt in my mind that Hulk would find Diary quite amusing after he read that story. It’s just that I have no idea what kind of wardrobe I would wear on Hulk’s show, should I look like one of his fans, you know and wear something like a torn up tshirt and jeans?

They’ve invented a board game using the theme of your book. What would the title of it be that would be different from your book and which retail store would they place it to make the most sales?

It would be a trivia game called ‘All Things Fifi’ because face it my dear, the book deals with me and my exploits, even though the game could deal with trivia on the other minor characters in the book such as where is my best friend Alocki the alien from? A planet that orbits Alpha Centauri B or is it A? There are two major stars in the Alpha Centauri system. I have no idea how a woman can travel billions and billions of miles and still look thirty fiveish. Ohbytheway to answer the trivia game would be in the book department next to Diary because a bestselling book should be accompanied by a bestselling game.

The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance. What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?

Well I have no doubt in my mind it will be a Christmas Tree because Diary of a mad Gen Yer will sell like hot cakes during Christmas.

President Barack Obama has become the author of several books and he has requested your presence at a special hush hush meeting to discuss ways to promote it. Through luck of the draw, you were chosen. What would be the first thing you would tell Barack?

Well the first thing I’d probably tell him is that I’m not thrilled with his health plan. I’m just kidding; it’s the conservative girl in me. I would tell him “Barack, you need to push push push to help get your book promoted. You can’t sit around and watch the sun go up and down. Get all those campaign and ‘spin’ people who got you elected to help promote your book. You’ll have a bestseller in no time.”

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2009 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan. Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom. On stage, you must give an acceptance speech. What would you say and who would you thank?

Omigosh I’d first thank the Lord for giving me a healthy brain and healthy body and also giving me my big break. I don’t care what these atheist scientist types say, I believe that there is a powerful Creator who runs things and if we do right for Him, well He’ll do right for us. I mean my big break hopefully will be coming soon, I mean while other people just sleep in on Sunday I go to Sunday Mass. Of course I would thank my parents for all the support they’ve given me, even though Father thinks I’m wasting my time in La La land and that I need to come home to Des Moines and work in a boring bank.

Ohmigosh I never realized that it would be Marcus who would be getting this book award not me I’m only the character. I have no idea what he would say, he would probably turn down going to the ceremony because he was so busy teaching and doing all these blog interviews.

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Talking Books with Young Adult Fantasy Author Marcus Dino

Diary of a Mad Gen Y erMarcus Dino has had an interesting professional career, first as an Aerospace engineer, next as a passionate math teacher teaching in urban Los Angeles which he currently still does, and finally, as a part time literary fiction author. It is Mr Dino’s being a die hard movie buff that led him to writing Diary of a Mad Gen Yer in addition to his first novel, Fifi, Anything goes in the Double Os, first published in 2003. Mr Dino is a graduate of Chapman University and he also has Masters Degrees in both Education and Electrical Engineering. Diary of a Mad Gen Yer and Fifi can be found at http://www.smashwords.com and http://www.summertimproductions.net. Mr Dino’s personal website which includes numerous blogs, short stories, and poems involving his central character Fifi Larouche, which helped inspire him to write his anthology, Diary, can be found at www.authorsden.com/marcusdino.

Marcus will be on virtual book tour in August and September ’09 to promote his latest young adult fantasy novel, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer. We interviewed him to find out more about his new book.

Q. Thank you for this interview, Marcus. Can we begin by having you tell us why you chose young adult fantasy to write?

Eeeeeeeeeek I’m just so excited to bee having another interview. I’ve had so many recently on this blog tour. Ok I’m not Marcus; I’m Fifi Larouche, the main character in Diary of a Mad Gen Yer. Marcus is just so busy you know with his school job……..He says he’s like teaching six periods and is grading all these papers and just doesn’t quite have the time to do these interviews, so I’m filling in for him. It really doesn’t matter because I’m actually the real author of Diary and Marcus’s first book, Fifi. I’m a real person who gives Marcus my stories but he’s better at things like grammar than him so he takes all the credit as ‘author.’ Beside’s Fifi by Fifi would sound a bit funny wouldn’t it? Without me Marcus would write a book with excerpts like “See Rebecca run up the hill with Jack and Jill and Fifi and then they all went to Hollywood.” A nice fella but not with much imagination, as for your answering your question I’m flattered you consider my stories to be ‘young adult fantasy.’ I do have a bit of spice in my life and they’re shown in my stories which I’m sure you’ll find a bit more interesting than ‘Ohhhhhhh Fifi had just another interesting day where she accidentally stepped on the shoes of a wolf who tried to make a pass at her at the restaurant, then in the afternoon she got rejected at her hundredth audition, then when she came home she snapped at her lovely roommate Marissa who asked her ‘how her day went,’ then she calls up her boyfriend Biff late at night about how much she hates Hollywood and wants to go back home to Des Moines, then she cries herself to sleep.’ I mean that kind of stuff is too ho hum, too ho hum, you’ll never see that in my silly stories and my silly blogs.

Q. Did you outline before you wrote your book or did you just go with the flow?

I have know no idea about any outlining, I don’t believe I’ve done any outlining since I was in college and did term papers. These things I experience or pop into my head, I write them down, and then give them to Marcus.

Q. Who was your favorite character in Diary of a Mad Gen Yer and why?

Omigosh I can’t understand how you can ask such a question, of course it’s me, moi, Fifi Larouche. I trulytrulytrulytruly believe Marcus would have to say the same thing. Nothing against interesting people like Alocki, my best friend who is an alien from another planet and the smartest person I ever met, my liberal and fellow wannabe actor boyfriend Biff (we wannabe actors need to stick together), and my fairy alter ego Flifi but I consider myself unique, unique, don’t you? I may be eccentric but it’s my eccentricity that is going to help me conquer Hollywood. You can’t be ‘normal’ in this town and make it, you people should know that.

Q. Who was your least favorite character?

Omigosh there really aren’t any least favorite characters in Diary….They’re all like the same in level of ‘favoritism,’ it’s just that I consider myself a bit more interesting than the other characters. I mean besides the people I mentioned above there are people like my stuck up English Oxford grad atheist/scientist friend Dick, we just love arguing ‘religion versus evolution.’ There’s the ‘200 year old great writer,’ omigosh I love listening to him, an Englishman from the ‘days of Dickens and Emily Bronte.’ There’s Helos who along with Alocki is from Zatoris which orbits our nearest star Alpha Centauri. Helos is like the second smartest person I ever met but he can be a bit absent minded, you know just like really smart people can be. So there’s really no least interesting character in this book.

Q. Can you tell us about the setting and why you chose it?

Well a lot of scenes take place in my apartment in Van Nuys, California, but omigosh there’s no real dominant setting. I mean there’s one setting where we’re inside a fellow gen yer’s body, there’s another setting where we’re in Mod 1967 London, there’s another setting I’m going back in time to the First Thanksgiving in 1621 Jamestown…..so as you can see these stories not only all over the place but in different time periods.

Q. What was the hardest part to write?

Sometimes when I write my silly blogs, you know, Fifi’s Thoughts, I would get a little ‘writer’s block.’ But then I would go to sleep and the writer’s block would go away and thoughts just flowed from my brain to my hand and then to my pen or laptop.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the story? Where were you when you came up with the idea?

They are my daily struggles my dear…..Silly things that go on in my life in a daily basis, well that’s where the ‘short short’ stories come from, and they are true, by the way. Well some of them are like silly dreams that my ‘right cerebrum’ makes up, but as we all know dreams are like are strange form of reality. Now my blog Fifi’s Thoughts well they’re just like daily thoughts that come out of my head at the end of a long day say after getting rejected an umpteenth time at an audition or after another frustrating day dealing with ornery customers at my waitressing job…….Ditto for my silly poems, silly thoughts that come out of my head and that I then put it into ‘poetic form’…..Now my fairy alter ego ‘Flifi’ from the ‘Alternate Earth’ she just gives a lot of good advice to kids and people unlike these other fairies who fly around and throw pixie dust all over the place.

Q. Do you plan on writing more young adult fantasy novels?

Omigosh as long as the Earth spins, as long as the Sun goes up and down, as long as I’m around there definitely will be young adult fantasy novels about me. Diary of a Crazy Gen Yer, Diary of a Silly Gen Yer, Fifi 2, Fifi 3, Fifi 4……Well who knows once I become a rich and famous actress I may not have time to write any more books about myself.

Q. Thank you for this interview. Can you tell us where we can find out more about you and your delightful new book?

Ok you can find more information about me, about these books Diary, Fifi, and about the author at www.authorsden.com/marcusdino , www.summertimeproductions.net, and www.smashwords.com. Marcus, you need to sacrifice your time and talk to these people, they’re really nice. I’m just as busy with my waitressing job as you are with your teaching job.

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Interview with Young Adult Fantasy Author Marcus Dino

Diary of a Mad Gen Y erMarcus Dino has had an interesting professional career, first as an Aerospace engineer, next as a passionate math teacher teaching in urban Los Angeles which he currently still does, and finally, as a part time literary fiction author. It is Mr Dino’s being a die hard movie buff that led him to writing Diary of a Mad Gen Yer in addition to his first novel, Fifi, Anything goes in the Double Os, first published in 2003. Mr Dino is a graduate of Chapman University and he also has Masters Degrees in both Education and Electrical Engineering. Diary of a Mad Gen Yer and Fifi can be found at www.smashwords.com and www.summertimeproductions.net. Mr Dino’s personal website which includes numerous blogs, short stories, and poems involving his central character Fifi Larouche, which helped inspire him to write his anthology, Diary, can be found at www.authorsden.com/marcusdino.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Marcus. Can you tell us what your latest book, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, is all about?

A: First I want to thank you for the opportunity of giving me an interview. My book, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer…………………Whoaaaaaa…………….Omigosh I just came into Marcus’s right cerebrum, I’m Fifi Larouche, the main character in Diary…… Marcus is kind of in an unconscious state right now. I’m talking through him, you know like when a ghost talks thru a medium. You don’t mind talking to main character of a story as opposed to the author do you? I mean I give him all the information anyways, you know like when a ghost or guide talks into a person’s brain and gives him or her all this information. I happen to be living in that ‘astral world’ with all these other fictional characters who tell all their stories to these authors and the author gets all the credit for the story. OK, back to your question. Diary of a Mad Gen Yer is all the silly adventures, silly poems, and silly blogs that I, a young struggling 21st Hollywood wannabe from the Midwest who works as a waitress to get by, goes through or writes about. I mean I do have a ‘life’ outside of my acting career, which at this point consists of getting rejected from one audition after another because I’m not related or ‘know’ some Hollywood big shot. So Diary kind of pries into my other life, in Diary besides me you meet some of my friends like my struggling actor boyfriend Biff or Alocki, an alien from another planet and is the smartest person I ever met. Thus Diary is like a modern 21st century version of Ali Baba and the 40 Sheep or whatever that book was called, a modern world anthology of a silly young actress.

Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?

A: It’s the second book about me. Now as I told you before Diary is more an anthology, a bunch of short stories about me. The first book, Fifi Anything Goes in the Double Os, is a true novel. Fifi deals with me coming from my home town of Des Moines Iowa and trying to find an agent, and going through the audition process and whether I make it in Hollywood or go back sniveling back to Des Moines domineering college professor Charles who thinks I’m wasting my time in ‘La La Land’ and wants me to be a banker. So I guess you can say Diary is sort of a prequel or maybe more like an ‘equel’ to Fifi. You know stuff sort of happening to me while I’m going through this……auditioning process…..to be a world famous actress, which I have no doubt I will be one day.

Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

A: Omigosh I can’t imagine a more rewarding, exhilarating experience than working on this anthology. You know crazy things would come into my right cerebrum, that’s like the creative part of the brain, and I would write down my silly blogs and poems and then tell Marcus. Now my short stories are true life experiences, so I don’t have to make anything up there when I tell Marcus. As for writer’s block, well you kind of write when you get stimulated, when your right cerebrum is so full of gobblygook, when your ‘creative juices’ flow. It could be like three in the morning when those juices flow. Anytime a ‘creative juice’ comes into my brain I tell Marcus.

Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

A: Ohhhhhhh my fans just said “ Fifi your stories are about exciting as molasses going up the wall,” I mean down the wall. Or they said “Marcus how in Heaven’s name can there be anybody as silly as Fifi Larouche?” Just kidding, just kidding. Omigosh my fans just seem to love Diary. Marcus has about five or six great reviews on his website in Authors Den. And we’ve just started to publicize the book. As for your second question, Omigosh just read Diary. Stories like ‘A trip inside the Body,’ where I’m having one of silly dreams where my good friend Alocki and I are inside a young gen y age ‘party guy’s’ bloodstream. Another story is ‘Gobble Cobble Gobble’ where I, the most ‘21st century of gen y girls,’ go back to 1621 Massachusetts to celebrate the First Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and Native Americans. One more story is ‘The Astro Olympics’ where I have a dream I’m competing against a bunch of aliens in Olympic competition,which happens to be both athletic and academic by the way, and who represent their stars, you know like I represent our sun Sol. As for Marcus and any ‘unusual experiences’ I believe he said he once saw a snail…….climbing on the back of a cat……..

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

A: Ohhhh I don’t believe Marcus has any routine. I write down my stories and give it to him and he would write it whenever he happens to feel like writing. I believe he puts a lot of stuff on his author’s website in Authors Den first and then perhaps into his book. But he’ll write at 10 in the morning (when he’s not teaching) or 2 am. You know, whenever those ‘creative juices’ flow. I do the same thing, I certainly can’t write when I’m working as a waitress. Petros my boss would be so upset, especially during this Great Recession. I would be replaced in a heartbeat. Ohbytheway like I said before I am the real writer, Marcus is more like a typist. Bu then he’s better with grammatical things so that’s why he’s the author. Who knows though, maybe I’ll write my next book, maybe it will be called The Wild and Crazy Adventures of Fifi by Fifi. Kind of a ring to it, doesn’t it?

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

A: I think Marcus sleeps. Oh he does like taking long walks around his Arcadia home listening to his MP3 player. He says he loves going to film festivals, especially foreign film festivals, because he is quite the movie buff. That’s where we kind of met, at a film festival. Now since I first met him as an astral figure he could see me and the other people could not see me. I mean I can be a real person in addition to being an astral figure. You people don’t realize there a lot of people on Earth who are like that. So my real person adventures are what Marcus writes about.

Q: What book changed your life?

A: Certainly 1001 Nights was I book that I just loved and that’s what made me think about doing a book about my life in Diary as opposed to a sequel type novel to Fifi. I was being a bit facetious with ‘Ali Baba and Forty Sheep thing.’ I just love the stories from 1001 Nights. I’ve always loved reading anthologies as opposed to a long drawn out novel. I’m not sure if I have the patience to read a novel. Don’t get me wrong, though, there are few novels that I absolutely loved because of the characterization which I try to portray in Diary and Fifi. Novels such as The Godfather and To Kill a Mockingbird. Good story telling, good dialogue, and good characterization make a good book, and that’s what you see in those great books that I just mentioned.

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

A: For me it will be titled I’ve done a thousand things in my life and I plan to do another thousand things because we only get one shot on God’s Green Earth (unless you believe in reincarnation which I do). I…….believe……Marcus would say the same thing.

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

A: “I trulytrulytrulytruly….. I trulytrulytrulytruly….. I trulytrulytrulytruly……I trulytrulytrulytruly could care less what people think about me.” In other words, I’m just a free bird, a free bird. I have no idea how Marcus wishes people would understand him, perhaps the same thing?…………Ohhhhhhh what happened, I seemed to have lost my train of thought for a few seconds. Sorry about that, now about my new book, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer………..

Thank you for this interview Marcus. I wish you much success on your latest release, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer!

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