Before we announce the winner, we’re running profiles on all the shortlisted authors in our Viva la Novella competition. Meet Chris Palazzolo. What do you do in your day job/life? Weekdays: stay-at-home dad. Weekends: Video Store Clerk
Do you have a process for writing or does it depend on the project? It depends on the project. Archeologists would find Sympathy a very interesting text to examine. The earliest typewritten sketches for it are over twenty years old; the text now is like a gleaming new city development on the site of earlier developments, which themselves were built on even earlier settlements. When readers try to guess who the characters are inspired by, they get it wrong, because they’re based on people I knew three or four lives ago.
What’s the one invention that you thought would have been invented by now? A lettuce drier that breaks the lettuce leaves into manageable portions.
A piece of advice your sixteen year old self would give you. As I’m thirty years older than that sixteen year old and still in the same game, I guess I’m living his advice: lie around a lot, daydream, and avoid real work at all costs.
What’s next? Tidy house, pick up kids from school, cook dinner, put kids to bed, drink glass of wine and smoke cigarette out the back with my wife.