Monica La Porta is an author I met thanks to a group on Facebook. She is a great writer and person. But let's see what she has to say about herself and her writing...

  1. Describe yourself.
I was once tall, thin, tanned, and with a thick Italian accent. Height and accent haven’t changed.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Italian strawberries; they’re small, juicy, and smell wonderfully. 

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
Monday, when my good intentions start anew.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Very early in the morning. The day is full of promises and the air is fresh and clean. Anything can happen.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Both, depending on the occasion, time of the month, astral conjunctions, perfume in the air, etc.

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Cappuccino and croissant when I’m in Italy. Fried steak, poached eggs, and ash browns when I’m in the States.  

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Blue in every hue. It reminds me of my beloved Mediterranean Sea and calms me.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
Eon by Greg bear, science fiction at its best.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I like a variety of different genres, but lately I’ve been listening to groups like Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Awolnation, Efterklang, La Oreja De Van Gogh, Julieta Venegas, Joshua Radin. I like when music brings me faraway.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Science fiction.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
My house.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I wouldn’t, but if I have to, a puma; if I must transform into an animal I want to do so in style.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
Philip. K. Dick to ask him several questions I have about Ubik. Gabriel Garcia Marquez to tell him I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more times than I can remember, even in Spanish as it was meant to be. Ray Bradbury because his Martian Chronicles blew my mind when I was ten years old.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Cure my mom, help a person close to my heart find her way through life, make me accept what I don’t want to.
  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? My Kindle, a charger, a way to convert swearwords into electricity (because as soon as my Kindle dies you’ll hear me ‘complaining,’ therefore better put my unhappiness to work otherwise item 2 is useless), a knife for all the magnificent sushi I’m going to eat, sunblock (I’m the only Italian who can’t stand the sun. I blame twelve years in Washington State for that.)

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Still me, but probably thinner and speaking several languages.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Worrying about things I can’t change.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Travel forever

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Travel forever

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
With my husband and kids, talking about all the good things we have built together. 

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I was a nice but complicated kid.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
The day I realized all I want I already have.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
Can’t say.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Going to Vancouver for a foodie run with my husband. Beautiful city, best Asian Cuisine this side of the globe, the greatest company on this blue Earth.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Two years ago with my husband, kids visiting grandparents in Italy, we treated each other with small getaways for a month.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Driving, but since it’s something I must do on regular basis I kind of got over it. Still, it isn’t something I look forward to do. I guess I managed to downgrade it from mild phobia to dislike. Still hopefully waiting for teletransportation to be invented. 

  1. What makes you angry?

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
I cook. A lot.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
Colors, smells, memories.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I write dystopian science fiction love stories. My latest project is a series called The Ginecean Chronicles and is set on the planet Ginecea, a dark, matriarchal version of Earth. On Ginecea, women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a perversion. I have already published The Priest and Pax in the Land of Women, respectively the first and the second book in the series. Currently, I’m working on the editing of Prince of War, the third installation in the Ginecean Chronicles. Meanwhile, I’m writing a fourth book set in the same universe. 

The Priest
Mauricio is a slave. Like any man born on Ginecea, he is but a number for the pure breed women who rule over him with cruel hands. Imprisoned inside the Temple since birth, Mauricio has never been outside, never felt the warmth of the sun on his skin. He lives a life devoid of hopes and desires. Then one day, he hears Rosie sing. He risks everything for one look at her and his life is changed, forever. An impossible friendship blossoms into affection deemed sinful and perverted in a society where the only rightful union is between women. Love is born where only hate has roots and leads Mauricio to uncover a truth that could destroy Ginecea.

Pax in the Land of Women
Love doesn’t obey preordained rules. Sometimes, social status and gender mean nothing. The purest of affections can be born between two people living in different worlds. In a society where women rule over an enslaved race of men and love between a woman and man is considered a perversion, Pax’s and Prince’s union is destined for a tragic end. Coming from an existence of privilege, Pax has never endured harshness. She has never had any reason to doubt the rules Ginecea was built on. Everything changes when she is sent to spend her summer on a desolate farm and is exposed to the ongoing brutalities against defenseless men. A wrong turn leads her to witness Prince’s thrashing at the hands of the guards. One look from him and Pax’s perfect life is shattered, the memory of his dark eyes haunting her night and day. As a pure breed, born to one of the most prestigious family in Ginecea, she would have never thought it possible to fall in love with a man. Marked as a sinner, Pax abjures her ancestry to save Prince’s life. She hopes they can disappear into the desert, but social prejudice and political schemes give them no respite. The Priestess, the ruler of all Ginecea, has other plans for Pax Layan and her family.








10/22/2012 7:44am

Great interview Cinta. Monica, your stories sound interesting. Good luck with them.

10/22/2012 12:37pm

Thank you, Dana :)

10/22/2012 9:07am

Wonderful interview. Monica! I especially love your answer to the happiest moment of your life. Contentment is a huge accomplishment.

10/22/2012 12:39pm

Thank you, Elise :) It took me some time to realize that, but eventually I did :)

10/22/2012 12:36pm

Cinta, thank you so much for having me on your blog. It was fun answering your questions and I must confess that in the process I revealed more about me than I did in other interviews :)

10/22/2012 1:05pm

Glad you enjoyed my interview, Monica. You are welcome to come over my humble corner anytime you wish to :D

10/22/2012 1:24pm

Hi, Monica! Great interview. Can't wait to check out these books!

10/22/2012 1:58pm

Hi, Ben! Thank you :)

10/23/2012 2:22am

Hi, Ben! Thanks for popping over. Nice to know about new authors and new books, right? :D

10/24/2012 5:11am

Hi Cinta, and Hi Monica xxx

Snap! Love Ray Bradbury & the colour blue too:) But now I'll know no rest until I wheedle the craziest moment from you, Miss La Porta!
Seriously; I'm completely in awe at the ease in which you create alternative worlds. Sensitive issues are tackled gracefully, enabling your writing to be enjoyed on two levels: Pure entertainment, yet the invitation is there for a reader to examine prejudice more closely, if they so wish. Kudos to you Monica, and thanks to you Cinta, for a great interview.

Julia Hughes

10/24/2012 8:38am

Julia, thank you so much for your kind words. Regarding the craziest thing I've done... I'll tell you one day, face to face, before a nice glass of Sagrantino and a plate of tozzetti. How do you like that? ;)


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