Faletti is an Italian writer, actor and
singer-songwriter as well as being the author of five books –
Robinson have just published the first, I Kill, in
am God (the fourth book) will be the second to be published
in 2011. Passionate
about car racing, he has written a number of articles for the Italian
Autosprint. He has also raced in the 1992 San Remo Rally and the 1998
Carlo Rally. He was nominated in 2006 for the David di Donatello Award
Academy Award) as Best Supporting Actor in the film Notte Prima Degli
Ayo: For those of us that don’t know much about you, could
you please give us a
bit of background about yourself?
Giorgio: After my degree I never worked as a lawyer, instead with a
friends we created a publicity company that lasted two years. I left
when I discovered that becoming a comic actor was my purpose in life.
some years of practice in theatres my TV career began in 1985. The show
In, which is still a cult in Italy,
made me famous and I started to work for cinema at the same time. But
I’m a musician too and some years later I started to
collaborate with some of
the most important Italian artists and I wrote a lot of songs for them.
also asked to sing some of the songs I used to compose for others. In
won the San
Festival, which is one of the most important music contests in Latin
2002 I published my first novel, I Kill. I would like to play a role in
but my main activity right now is writing.
Ayo: Prior to becoming a writer you held several different jobs
– what drew you
to these different jobs and which was your favourite?
Giorgio: I drove a racing car as a hobby
but I have never been fast
enough to become a pro. I have always had a good feeling
about speed, but music is my never-ending love
Ayo: I Kill (Io Uccido) is your first novel. What made you decide to
novel and why in particular this genre? How difficult was it for you
decided to write?
Giorgio: During my life I’ve
read a lot of novels, in a number of
different genres. I chose thrillers because they are the nearest to
have to create a story and tell it to make the readers scared, on the
side you have to create a story and tell it to make the audience laugh
Ayo: What was the impetus for the story in I Kill?
Giorgio: I wanted to write a story of a
murderer where at the end it
would leave the readers with a sense of pity for him.
Ayo: The novel is set amongst the glitterati of Monte
What made you decide on the setting?
Giorgio: For five years I was resident in Monte
I can say I know the city very well. Besides, its location is famous
worldwide and it has an international appeal.
Ayo: With the book you wanted to create an “American
style” crime novel. Do you
think that you have succeeded?
Giorgio: I think I wrote a good novel, one that has become the second
seller of all times in Italy.
I don’t really care for labels …
Ayo: It has been translated into twenty-five different
languages and has
sold over five million copies. How pleased have you been with this
Giorgio: The five million copies were sold only in Italy.
I don’t actually know how many have been sold in the world. I
particularly pleased because I was so successful at my first shot.
Ayo: Within the book you have created two different characters
– American FBI
agent Frank Ottobre and Police Commissioner Nicolas Hulot. How did
characters come about and are they based on specific people?
Giorgio: They totally come from my fantasy and are both broken and
a new way to be themselves!
Ayo: How much of your real life can be found in I Kill?
For example, one
of the victims is an American racing car driver. You also have as a DJ
Giorgio: I think that every writer likes to put a little bit of himself
every novel. From a personal point of view I write about things I love.
Kill it was the music, in Niente di vero tranne gli occhi it was comics.
Ayo: I believe that the film of th book is in production. When is it
due to be
Giorgio: I don’t really know when it is going to be released
as it is a big
production and there is a lot to be done.
Ayo: What makes a character real for you? Must you work out everything
them or do you just let it flow?
Giorgio: A character is real when, while reading, you can feel him
beside you. I think that every character already exists, somewhere. I
to find the right voice to call him.
Ayo: Plot or character? Which do you think is more important in your
Giorgio: Both. I try to take care of everything, because I never know
which direction success may come.
Ayo: You have also written Niente di vero tranne gli occhi
da UN evidente destino (2006), Pochi inutile
nascondigli (2008) and Io
Sono Dior (I am God) (2009). Could you please tell us a bit
these novels? Are they standalones?
Giorgio: Yes, they are standalone novels. I still have not found a
that I love so much to want it to become a series. On the other side,
may be it
is because I’m so easy to bore that I need new characters for
Niente di vero tranne gli occhi is a story of a connected investigation
involves Maureen Martini, a commissioner of police in Italy and Jordan
Marsalis, an ex-lieutenant of the NYPD. They run into a serial killer
moves to New
and the first victim is the son of the mayor, who is also the nephew of
Marsalis. Fuori da un evidente destino is set in Flagstaff, Arizona, on
border of the Navajo reservation and tells the story of an ancient
starts killing after one hundred years. Pochi inutile nascondigli is a
of short novels, which was such fun to do. They are fantasy stories
that are a
kind of personal homage to Stephen King. Io Sono Dio is a story of a
that blows up buildings in New York, confessing his sin to a Catholic
before every crime is committed.
Ayo: How would you describe your books to someone who is about to read
the first time?
Giorgio: Usually I try to not describe my books before they are read. I
to ask the reader to describe the book to me after reading.
Ayo: Who were your influences when you decided to start writing? Do
still influence your writing and, if so, what other types of writing
Giorgio: Really, I’m a glutton for every kind of
communication. I like to experience
all types of stories. My favourite writers are: Ernest Hemingway, Mark
Jerome K Jerome, Isaac Asimov and Louis L’Amour and everybody
in the past who
wrote a great novel.
Ayo: Were you a big reader of crime fiction before you started writing
so can you remember the very first crime novel you read?
Giorgio: Of course! I have always been a fan of crime fiction. The
I read was I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane.
Ayo: Do you still read crime novels, thrillers, etc, yourself and if
have you any favourite authors?
Giorgio: Jeffery Deaver who is a good writer and a great friend.
Ayo: Is there a novel that you wish that you had written?
Giorgio: I wish I had written The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas
think that Hannibal
Lecter is an enormous character, one of the best of all times.
Ayo: What is your normal work schedule like?
Giorgio: I wake up and after a simple breakfast I write for four or
having a break sometimes for a coffee and a cigarette. (In my house
not yet a crime …)
Ayo: What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Giorgio: Acting, filming, composing music, painting … sport
tennis) … and some good sex at times.
Ayo: What do you find the most difficult when you are writing, and are
Giorgio: I live in Isola d’Elba, a small island in front of Tuscany.
It’s really hard to find the self-discipline when I look out
of my window and
the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the boats cross the sea before
Ayo: Part and parcel of being a crime writer is all the camaraderie
get within the crime fiction genre. Do you enjoy going to conferences
Giorgio: Yes I do. After years spent in theatres on a stage the only
miss a little is an audience. When I go to book signings I can finally
face of my readers and I have an audience again.
Ayo: What are you working on at the moment?
Giorgio: A novel set in Italy
in the seventies. A new challenge, as every new story actually is and
Some off the wall questions –
Ayo: I understand that you are a big fan of Juventus FC. What drew you
club and how come you have remained such an ardent supporter?
Giorgio: Support is a kind of like religion. There are no true reasons
Ayo: What one luxury item would you take away with you if you were
a desert island and why?
Giorgio: Megan Fox … she’s not an item but is a
situation(?) nearer to luxury I
Ayo: If you could choose five characters, dead or alive, to have dinner
who would they be?
Giorgio: Megan Fox (on a desert island, of course, we would have a
together …)Jimi Hendricks, Mark Twain, John Lennon and
Marlon Brando. (In the
list there aren’t women. If I am on a desert island with
Megan Fox, I couldn’t
wish for more.)
More information can be found at http://www.giorgiofaletti.net
by Corsair, June 2010