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[Interview] A Creative Mind

Paul Grech Monday, October 9, 2017 , , , , ,
For book lovers there are few experiences as thrilling as walking into a book shop; the feeling of being surrounded by so many different reading possibilities can be intoxicating.  Eventually, however, reality sets in and choices have to be made over which ones will be coming home with you.  In that moment the decision is often swayed by one crucial factor: looks.

It is in that moment of truth that Pierre Portelli wants to prevail. 

As a book designer he has to handle various aspects of a book’s production.  “Together with the publishing team at Merlin, I am involved in most of the book production process,” he tells me “which includes the fonts used, paragraph spacing and overall layout.”  All of which is important but nowhere close to the value of getting the book cover right.  “Research shows that you don’t have minutes to convince a book buyer; people make their mind up within seconds of picking up a book.  So we have to make something that stands out and convinces people.”

The full interview with Pierre Portelli can be found on Snapshots of Malta.

[Interview] Creativity In Perpetual Motion

Paul Grech Friday, September 8, 2017 , , ,
There is a huge and constant debate over creativity; how some people seem to have an imagination that brings forth countless new ideas whilst others struggle to do anything that is remotely original.  Inevitably the attention of such a discussion turns to children who all seem naturally creative but eventually have that capacity educated out of them.

Whether this is a discussion in which she has been involved before or not, Lisa Falzon puts forward an argument that is very much along those lines when she has to answer question over her development as an artist.

“There was no spark of interest particular to me as if I was born with a special talent - all kids draw,” she states.  “All children draw if given a set of crayons, one of the first thing they figure out is fun to do - after eating them - is using them to leave a mark somewhere. A lot of childhood play is based around make-believe and on-the-fly creativity and role playing.”

She then goes on to turn the tables.  “I just never grew out of this interest in self-expression. Instead of asking me why I draw I should ask you, why did you stop drawing?”

The full interview with Lisa Falzon can be found on Snapshots of Malta.

[Interview] Writing for All Generations

Paul Grech Monday, July 31, 2017 , , ,
Have you ever seen those motivational posters that show an iceberg with the tip above water and the bulk beneath?  It is a reference to the hard work that goes into any success story which most people never get to see.  Perhaps unsurprisingly that was the image that came to my mind as Rita Saliba, one of Malta’s most prolific authors, was describing her writing process.

“Whenever I’m writing, regardless of whether it is a full length novel or a short story,” she explains.  “I have to do a lot of research.  If I’m writing about someone who is into beekeeping then I have to learn about that hobby.  So before I write that story I go out and research about beekeeping even if most of what I learn doesn’t make it into the story.  That knowledge gives depth to the characters and that knowledge remains with you.”

The full interview with Rita Saliba can be read on Snapshots of Malta.

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