Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
I’m a musician and a computer engineer. Since I was a child, I loved art. I dreamed of being a singer and an actor. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but when I was ten years old, I suffered an accident on a small train—I was unable to walk for a year and almost lost a foot. During those months when I couldn’t even get up, I wolfed down dozens of books by Agatha Christie and other authors. I also wrote my first short story. It was in the horror genre, and I always pictured the main character running away from a horde of zombie with the first part of the song “Magnetic Fields I” by Jean Michel Jarré playing as a background music.
What inspired you to write your book?
During my teenage years, at my sister’s birthdays, a party guest talked about an intrinsic and mysterious subject. That’s where the idea for Pulstar came from. I felt I had to write about it somehow, heavily influenced by Blade Runner and my favorite books. I published the novels Astralvia I and II in Spanish in early 2000. Then I stopped writing and focused fully on my band Fractaler until 2012.
The social, economic, and political disaster in my country, Venezuela, influenced Pulstar and one of its prequels heavily.
What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Thank you for this question. For me, the greatest achievement of an author is when they connect with their readers. The primary message of Pulstar I is that we know so little about anything, also that humans are so insignificant on a universal scale, and how lethal a species can be when it’s slightly more intelligent than the rest, and when it can do whatever it wants because it owns the laws.
What drew you into this particular genre?
The Pulstar trilogy is science fiction, alternate reality, and dystopia with a touch of romance. Nerve is science fiction with thriller, mystery, and a tinge of horror, perhaps.
Science fiction gives you thousands of possibilities. It’s thought-provoking and presents a range of philosophical issues I love. But what I like most about science fiction—hard-but-not-that-hard—is that it allows me to talk about one of my favorite subjects: the cosmos.
What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
Well, this one is quite easy, as I don’t have social media. 😊 I manage everything through my mailing list, and now I’m entering the world of Goodreads.
What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Wow, this is a tough one.
They have to love writing, otherwise, there’s no point. It’s hours of solitude and requires an extreme sacrifice on a social, economic, and emotional level that perhaps only other writers or people connected to the literary scene would be able to fully understand. However, if the uneasiness and the inner burning are there and never go away, we have no choice but toss it out, hoping our message connects with other people.
What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
Thank you, future, for holding something in store for me. I hope you rock!
At the moment, I need to finish editing Pulstar II and III. Also, the prequel Marlenh is also in the editing process. Another project I have to complete is the music for all these books; although it’s quite advanced. I have other ideas floating around in my head, of course; only one is science fiction, and all of them would take place in Astralvia. One of these stories is about a young girl drummer who wants to make it; I’m a wanna-be drummer. What can I say?
About the Author
Venezuela-born Giancarlo Roversi isn’t only a writer. He’s also a computer engineer and a musician who shared stages with artists such as REM, Oasis, Travis, Duran Duran, and Maroon Five.
When his band Fractaler broke up in 2011, he devoted the next ten years to cue the Pulstar Trilogy and three prequels in that universe.
He surrendered his personal life and wrote these manuscripts in his native language, Spanish, and then he translated them into English. He also composed a soundtrack for each book; they’re currently in production.
When he’s not living and breathing in his Pulstarverse, he loves family time, cooking, astronomy, animals, and having philosophical discussions—especially about the meaning of life—with anyone who cares to join him.
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