My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
I always loved to write, my father wrote some novels, and I followed suit in my retirement.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
I admire Shakespeare the most, to me no one comes close to this great master.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
My first book The Seventh Day of Light.
Who or what inspires you to write?
I am inspired by humanity, by a greater purpose, by the fact that we are mere nothings in a universe within universes, and life is not solely about living, it is about understanding, exploring and having meaning.
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
Easily. I am in my eighties, ha ha!
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write about what you are passionate about, then the rest will follow.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
I am not sure. My son has pushed me to do it, I am hoping to meet other authors, and possibly get a little exposure.
Riccardo Bertora is retired. His first book is called The Seventh Day of Light.