Interview with Daccari Buchelli

Interview with Daccari Buchelli, author of Symbiote

1.) What genre do you write and why?

For the past few years, I've focused solely on the fantasy genre, crafting a magical world with four elemental realms. I found myself enchanted my fantasy novels and tv shows at a young age and was desperate to escape into such worlds when dealing with difficult emotional issues. The fantasy genre became my safe haven, a place where I could be at peace, if only for a short while.

2.) Tell us about your latest book.

Symbiote is the sequel to my fantasy novel, Phoenix, and features young royals with complex internal struggles and magical powers. As with any of my works, they are not books you can simply flip through for an evening's read. They're intended to be books that make you think, that delve deep into the character's internal problems and show you the good, the bad and the ugly of their souls.

Interview with Daccari Buchelli, author of Symbiote

3.) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?

I do read my book reviews, mostly on Goodreads. The good ones are always a delight to read and I appreciate every one I get. There has been the odd less favourable review, which at first shake my confidence, but then I take a deep breath and re-read the review.

If I can see a pattern to the comments that suggests further improvements could be made to my work, then I internalise these opinions and use them to help fuel a revised edition of the book, or use such comments as added motivation when working on my next creative project.

There are always opportunities for us to grow as writers. I just think we need to open ourselves to them.

4.) Who are your favourite authors?

My favourite authors are Terry Goodkind, J.K Rowling, and Garth Nix, to name but a few. Each of these three remarkable authors has played a significant part in how I came to be a writer. It was Rowling's pure imagination, Nix's boldness, and Goodkind's sense of adventure that motivated me to keep writing, even when I had my doubts. I will never forget what their work taught me and what it continues to teach me to this day.

5.)What advice do you have for other writers?

Write what you know. I know you've probably heard this a million times. It took me years to understand what this phrase actually means when applied to writing. Take a personal experience of yours (you can change names and other factors to protect other people's identities, not to mention yourself) and explore it, delve into the heart of the emotions you felt- the pain of the experience and what it taught you.

Delve into your deepest, darkest secrets if you dare and let your truth shine through. Share it with the world. Be vulnerable with the readers you'd like to care about your work, and beyond everything, show them your humanity.

6.) Who is you favourite character in your book and why?

My favourite character from The Legends of Peradon series has always been Violetta Flame. Not only did she witness a great tragedy in childhood that warped the way she sees the world, but she is often misunderstood by others, which is something I find easy to relate to.

All of Violetta's actions are influenced by the trauma she suffered as a child and as such, she possesses a high level of courage and determination. She is a Phoenix, rising from the ashes of her trauma and sins, preparing to take flight as a stronger version of herself.

7.) If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to take risks. If you have a gut feeling that you're meant to do something, then go with it. Obviously, assess any risks if there's any money involved, but risks can lead to positive outcomes and as people, I think we are often put off of opportunities depending on their perceived risk factor.

8.) What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

I'm currently working on my first thriller novel, entitled Foresight: An Evylia Wilde Novel.

Ever since Evy was young, she's been plagued by a strange clairvoyant ability that fills her head with gruesome visions. Battling such horrifying nightmares proves to be the tip of the iceberg as Evy finds herself in the midst of a missing person's investigation. How could the hottest guy in school have disappeared without a trace.

I'm just entering the main editing stage for this novel and can't tell you how much I adore working on this piece. The thriller genre feels like a second home, a place where the dark deeds of men are brought to light. Foresight explores the relationship between children and their parents, how they perceive their reality, and fight against those who threaten their existence.

The book is set in a small town, with additional focus centred on an old, disused field, where the town fair visits. Evy is determined to find out what happened to her parents fifteen years ago, but on her journey to uncover the truth, she gets far more information than she bargained for.

9.) When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I spend a good 70 percent of my time either reading or writing, but in my free time I love to sketch, to take long walks with my yorkshire terrier, Sam, and to explore the realms of human psychology. I think the human mind is a fascinating thing with so much to teach us and I'd like to learn as much about it as I can within this lifetime.

Understand the human mind and you understand our entire world.

10.) Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

I can be found on most social media channels and have included a handy list below.


Thank you for taking the time to interview me. It's been lovely.


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