Fabi Ghittoni is an Argentina-based attorney and writer. Since childhood she experienced love for literature and fiction (Greek mythology being her first catch). She is also an avid reader and bookstagrammer. She graduated from law school at the very young age of twenty two. After obtaining her degree she decided to pursue a writing career. The Elven Tales is her debut novel, and the first of a five book series for kids, young adults and fantasy readers.
1.Where did the idea of the book come from ?
The idea of the book came to me when I took my grandmother on a trip to the Patagonia in Argentina, and the islands at the south of Chile. I found those landscapes full of mountains and forests deeply inspiring and I thought that could be the perfect scenario for an epic adventure. When I came back home from that journey, I sat down and started typing down The Elven Tales.
2.How do people react when you tell them you’re an author ?
Most people get very surprised, mostly when they learn that it is a book in English, and since I am a lawyer and work in that profession, everyone asks me where I got the time to do it.
3.How long did it take you to write the book ?
It took me a total of two years. The first year was not very productive and I had a hard time finding the way of the story until I started to structure the plot. It was then that I found it easier to write the chapters and move on to finish the book. In the process I received help from my editor, Sylver. She worked polishing my writing and leaving the manuscript ready for publication.
4.Why did you choose to write fantasy ?
Because I’m a fan of this genre. I have read many fantasy books and as a consumer, I know what I like to find in books of this genre. That is why I tried to develop the plot in a way I thought my readers would not get bored and would always have a dose of action to catch on.
5.If you were stuck in a room with one of your characters , who would it be ?
This is so much fun. I think it would be Genuss, because she’s a difficult girl, and she’s very competitive. I am quite competitive. I think it would be an event worth remembering. It could also be Skuld, because she knows a lot about potions and how to do magic with them. In the second book there will be much to discover about Dedric as well. He has a very adventurous past as a beast hunter, but I can not reveal more than that by now.
6.Who are your favorite authors ?
J.K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis, George R.R Martin. And when I’m not reading fantasy, I like Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown.
7. What did you have to research for the book ?
I had to research a lot about Norse mythology. Something I really enjoyed doing. I also looked for many images that would inspire me regarding elves, cities and places of fantasy, fantastic creatures and other components that are part of the story. As a very visual writer, an image can awaken many ideas in me, more than anything else. As for the publishing phase, I had to investigate the best platforms through which to distribute the book, to reach the wider possible audience. I also had to do a lot of research to find the right people to work with, such as designers, illustrators, and editors.
8. Do you read all of your book reviews and if so how do you deal with them ?
I read all the reviews my book receives. I enjoy them a lot. More than once I have got emotional while reading the wonderful things that some people have expressed about my work. I know there will also be reviews that will not be as good, and it’s normal, all books have them, even those books I completely loved like Harry Potter, or highly popular books like Sarah J Maas’s. It is natural, in all aspects of life, you can not conform to all people and surely there will be those who enjoy it to a greater or lesser extent. What it is safe to say, is that my heart was put into this book and I greatly enjoy the comments from those who can see that and let themselves be transported to this journey through The Elven Tales.
9.Did you base some of the characters on real people ?
No, all the characters are fictitious and have been born purely in my imagination.
10.What are your favorite books?
The Harry Potter series and the Hobbit. The last books I’ve read in one sitting were The Selection series by Kiera Cass.
11.What does success for your book look like to you ?
We all dream of a massive success, but as long as I can have faithful readers across the world who adore the story and follow the series, I will be more than satisfied.
12.Can you describe your book in three words ?
Cozy, unpredictable, action-packed.
13.Do you believe in writer’s block ?
Of course, I am the living portrait of writer’s block. There were moments when I just could not find the right words to express the images I had in my head. Because that is fundamentally what we writers do, we bleed into words the images we see. When I felt blocked, I would simply walk away for a day or two and tried to think as little as possible about the book. Then when I found a moment of peace, I would begin to work out the right words and return to action.
14.What can we expect from your series in the future ?
The first book is a reading that does not slow down. That’s the situation, and those are the facts, as crude as they have been presented to Prudence, the protagonist of The Elven Tales. But in due time, we will discover much more depth, more stories, more background, and more details about this fantastic world. We’re just warming up.
15. Do you have anything to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy reading The Elven Tales a lot, and I would like to know more of my readers so be in touch you guys! I also want to express to them that they will be pleasantly surprised by what I have prepared for the rest of the series and another new series in which I am working on right now.
16. If you could tell your younger writing self anything , what would it be?
Plot ,plot and plot. It saves you a lot of time and trouble, and allows you to write in a more organized way. I would also tell myself that I do not have to be afraid of the long descriptions that I wanted so hard to avoid throughout the book, not to bore anyone. Apparently, for many readers, they are more than necessary.
17. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I did my homework, researched everything about the independent publishing process, and drew up a publishing and business plan even before I started to write, so for me, it was like going through different steps of a single process.
18.Is there something you edited out of your book?
Many things. The first year I started plotting The Elven Tales, I wrote and deleted many scenes. More than once I felt tempted to start a love interest within the protagonists, but I told myself not to. I did not want that for my book at least in a first instance. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, and I’m not denying that it’s going to happen in the next installments. The story will evolve along with the characters in due course. And romance is something that my readers can definitely hope for in the future, I just won’t say between who.
Thank you so much to Fabi for helping me with the interview ! You can find her and her book in the links down below: