Our guest today is Anthony Crescio, author of the Christian fiction, Just a Little Talk. Anthony grew up in the small town of Randolph, Wisconsin. In the winter of 2009, his best friend lost his life in a tragic car accident as a result of drinking and driving. Anthony has since been inspired to speak to youth groups in the hopes of preventing other similar accidents from occurring. He has also started writing books reflecting on his life story and delivering a Christian message of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and love.
Thank you for this interview, Anthony. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am from a small town in Wisconsin, called Randolph. I grew up in a Christian home, had the best parents and resources any kid could ever hope for, but eventually I lost who I was. Straying from the path that I was raised on eventually led to much heartache in my life, some could even call it tragedy, self inflicted of course. This culminated in the year of 2009, and writing for me began when a reversion to the faith that I had been raised in took place late that same year.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
At its core my book is about exploring where I had lost myself, and coming to the realization that life is not to be lived alone, that is we are here together for a reason: to help one another. More importantly one can only find the lost self in coming to know one’s Creator by developing a relationship with Him in Christ. It is in this relationship that you realize that the happy life is not found in shunning challenges or running away from them, but in embracing your cross and in carrying it following the footsteps of Christ; this is what you see the main character, Dominic, coming to realize as the story progresses.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I chose this genre because I wanted to convey to an audience the message of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and hope in a creative way. I wanted to be able to captivate the audience with an intriguing yet relatable story. In the character of Dominic I see myself, but I also wanted the reader to see his or herself as well. In short I wanted to create an “everyman” type of character if you will, to be able to make my experiences applicable to every person journeying to God and not so ironically being called to Him in the difficulties we experience in life.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
The challenge in writing this novel for me was not injecting too much of myself into the main character of Dominic. Wanting to create an “everyman” type of character required some restraint and self-editing at times. This becomes a challenge when the message you want to convey is so personal and has moved you, the writer, in such a powerful way. Therefore the main challenge was to keep a high level of emotion without interjecting too much specific personality into the character.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am published by Tate Publishing, a traditional publishing house.
Was it the right choice for you?
I think it was the right choice for me as a first time author. It was good to work with people who had the resources to do a good professional job in publishing the piece, and who had connections to the market which I did not.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
My book is mainly being promoted in a very small fashion up to this point. I do speaking engagements here and there, talking to audiences about my experiences and that has been my main form of promotion thus far.
How is that going for you?
Promoting a book from an unknown author is no easy task. Reaching people who have some knowledge of you as a person is fairly easy, however when it comes to trying to convince people who have no idea who you are that they should read your book, this is a completely different story and very challenging. So marketing the book has been quite difficult.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Going and speaking to audiences has helped, as well as making connections with people who have a possible use for the book in their line of work, such as counseling or teaching youths or young adults.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I am currently a full time student at Marquette University.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Networking is probably the best form of promotion. When it comes to selling a book the phrase, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” takes on a whole other level of truth.
What’s next for you?
I hope to continue to convey the Gospel message through writing, both fiction and non-fiction. In today’s world I think that helping people come to that initial encounter with Christ and His beauty and goodness is transformative to say the very least, and it has had such a powerful impact on my life that I just want to share that with others in any way that I possibly can.
Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Well I don’t currently have a website, but if you want to know a little bit more of my story you can hear more of it on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1ztSoplNXM, and if you want to hear a little bit about where I have been since then and where I am going you can find that at http://vimeo.com/70372116. Otherwise if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book you can find it at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or at Tate Publishing’s website. The book itself also has a facebook page, and it can easily be found there. If you would like to contact me you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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