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 and 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

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…… 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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