He got his start in writing fiction as a small child, losing himself in the worlds he dreamed up in order to escape the doldrums of normal life. Now, using his formal education and extensive career experience, he excels in creating fictional worlds of depth and rich fantasy, while maintaining a foundation of reality based on science and technology.
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The Silverleaf Chronicles
Author's Rating: PG for some violence.
Ten Things You Should Know
About Vincent Trigili
Thunderstorm by Nature. Ok, fine that is not really a “song” per se but it is what I sometimes listen to while I write. I bought a cd of tracks that are just thunderstorms of various intensities, and I play them on a loop if I need background noise. Otherwise I prefer quiet.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing
I started my first book when I was just a little guy. I think I was in elementary school still, and the only person that ever read that book was my step-mother who lived pretty far from me. We used to correspond via the mail (yes, with paper and stamps. This predated the public internet) and I sent her a copy. She liked it, but I never did finish it. All I remember now is that it was about some guy that got sucked in to a fantasy world with his Lamborghini. He was stuck in the desert is how I left it. I guess he is still there waiting for me to refind that story and complete it. It is extremely unlikely any copies of it still exist, so I guess he will remain there for ever and ever.
3. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?
This is one of those mythical labels/goal posts that every new writer wonders if they will hit. Writing is not alone in this category, every profession has it, but more so the creative ones I think. When I released my first book, even before the first sale, I started calling myself a published author because it was objectively true. I had authored a book, and published it. Many new writers think they must sell X number of books, or write Y number of words. That is simply not true. You are an author if you have authored something. It is that simple.
4. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources
Facebook. No seriously. I have connections to many best-selling authors, and many editors through the connections I have been blessed to make over the years. If I have any issue with writing, I ask them. If I have word choice questions, grammar problems or anything of the like I can ask them and get an answer very quickly. Same goes with story issues, plot problems and so on. The community of authors is a great one. Sure, we have our bad apples, all communities do, but overall it is a great community where we look out for each other and lend a hand when needed.
Now, I have many years in the business so I have all the basics pretty well down at this point. For a new writer just entering in the market, there is no better resource than Susan K. Quin’s For Love or Money and her Indie Survival Guide. I highly recommend those books and you will even find me hanging out in her For Love Or Money Facebook group. There really is no better resource out there.
5. Have you ever looked yourself up on Google? If so, did you find anything surprising?
Yes, monthly and I also have tools that watch Google for references to my name. Most of the time I just find the expected mentions of my books, or ads, but one time I found my credit card information posted to some site selling personal information. As you can guess I was not pleased and took immediate action.
6. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
My first book, The Enemy of an Enemy was written long hand on paper with various writing implements. I had to recopy it many times as I edited and grew the story. Eventually I moved it on to the computer and things got a lot easier. I have never gone back to paper writing since. I could not imagine going through that pain again now that we have modern word processors and other electronic tools.
7. What project are you working on now?
I am presently editing the eighth book in my Lost Tales of Power series (my Space Opera series). I hope to have it released in a couple months. This book brings a new main character into the universe and reveals some details about the laws of magic previously unspoken. It also explores prejudice and love.
Presently I am writing two series at once so once book eight is done, I will likely jump back to Dragon Masters (my YA-Epic-Fantasy) and write the third book in that series. In that book, there is likely to be a big war, with lots of good old fashioned dragon battles. Should be fun.
8. What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading book four of Daniel Arenson’s The Moth Saga. It is a tale about a planet that is stuck and no longer rotates so one side is perpetually night, the other is day. People being people, each side hates and fears the other side and conflict ensues. If you are looking for a new fantasy series, this would be a good one to check out.
9. Do you write/read every single day?
No. I wish I could, but I am a part-time writer. I try to write at least a few times a week, and read a few times a week, but some weeks life prevents that. Should I ever retire from my day job, I will likely write every day, or at least five days a week.
10. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
Yes, I have a YouTube channel where I do science news commentary. I have also acted in plays, and been extra in movies and commercials.
I do some 3D art on the computer also. The woman on the cover of my book “Sac’a’rith: Rebirth” is my work. You can find some other examples on Deviant Art, but I really have not had the time to really get after it so there is only a handful of examples there.