Do you write as means for relief or self-search?
Writing you enjoy everything twice: when you live it and when you relive it. At times, the second time is even more exciting. For whoever holds a pen holds the right not to see things as they are but to grab them freely and describe them as he wants them to be.
How would you explain the exquisite depth with which you explore life at 23?
A beautiful nightmare, a glorious failure, an interesting trauma or a bad time that was not so bad since it is what it takes for the pen to emerge stronger and allow the reader to classify the writing in one of only two categories of writers out there: good or bad. It is imperative that under the skin there are a few wounds so that the pen will never miss blood to write, to live.
Do you write on the train for pleasure or necessity?
Interesting question, it was probably meant to be because I am answering these questions riding on a train. Writing is a result of experience, so if I am on the go this is the best opportunity to write. Especially, if there’s not enough time. Anyway, a friend has this quote on his biography: "Whatever you do in life, you will lose time but that's not bad, that is life..." I hope I can soon lose all my time with what I want to earn my living.
How do you combine the sacred solitude of a writer with compliments and questions of your followers on social media?
Great. I like to be with me, which is not the same as being alone. I knew it the day I realized that I like to wait for appointments. And I love to be with me doing my thing. I've been in several cities, and the only one with who I agree while there, is me. Therefore, I try to get along with myself otherwise I will end up lonely.
On the other hand, I am extremely outgoing. We all need to communicate, it is the reason why social media is so successful. I need it for short distances. Face to face. When someone from New York reads my work and writes a comment telling me that what I do deserves an interview. Or that anyone, from anywhere, leaves a comment after they read my work fills my soul after I have emptied in what I have written.
What do you desire as a writer? What do you desire as a human being?
As a writer, certainly calm. I am kind of naïve, I complain that I do too many things while I look for more things to do. This summer, I was going to travel with a modeling agency, I decided (or rather, I needed) to change the sound of the cosmopolitan by the peace and quiet of my town or a house I have on the beach.
As a human being, I desire to score the game-winning goal at the very last minute. And I want it to be an ugly one, because those are the most beautiful ones. I want it to be a rebound that I get to after winning an elbow fight with the defense and I stick my head out kissing the sky just one instant before I hit the floor and eat the ground, while I hear the net telling me “I missed you too”.
Who would you dedicate a book to?
To my mother, who the least valuable thing she has given me, is my life.
What do you enjoy more at the personal level? What things feed your soul?
Writing, because it's all activities at once. You can be in all places, doing all the things, from your room. Or from a train. You can be in places that do not exist, doing things that do not exist. What is freer than that?
Tell us a little about your future projects.
A friend who is a psychologist told me that my problem is that I think too much. Since then, I'm thinking she's right. My biggest flaw is to live in the future when the only place you can live is in the present. But as I spend so much time there, I'm decorating it the way I want it and I think it’s looking nice. There are plenty of blank pages, a pen, a pool hall with three microphones waiting for stories, two good friends, a ticket back to New York and a ticket back to the couch in my home; with my mother asking me what I want to eat, my grandmother checking on my school work, my sisters asking me what to wear and my colleagues how are things with girls. I'm painting the walls black, because it is the mixture of all colors.
Can you talk about the novel that you’re currently writing? Does the “woman of the clouds” exist in the life of RRoverdose?
In each line I walk across my own life. So although I have only 23 years to write about, it will take time. This is the story of a man who wanted to be immortal and the woman of the clouds who stopped him. Or didn’t...
Of course the woman of the clouds exists. It will appear to me here in the train as soon as I finished answering the interview. I have to continue describing her because once I put away my laptop, she’ll disappear.
Finally I will end by telling you ten words and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind.
Model: Being close to art.
Writing: Living stories.
Soccer: An embrace from a fellow soldier after running like a mad man to correct his error.
Love: Now, what I do.
Travel: From everything that money can buy, the most valuable thing.
Happiness: What is that?
Wine: With Laura.
Thank you my dear Roberto for sharing this afternoon with “De Vinito con Laurita”. Our doors remain open to know more about your future projects.