Interview with Author Jo Romao – Ramona Portelli Blog

Author Jo Romao is not only an author but also an avid writer.  His roots are set in Nottingham UK, which is best known for its legend, Robin Hood! Reading and writing became a new interest for him, as it helped with his own personal issues, mental health and dyslexia.  He worked in the homeless sector before that, so writing reports was all he ever did. Looking back, Jo believes that was how he developed his skill and confidence in putting his thoughts to paper. Reading the genres, he was interested in, that being anything Manga, horror, or fantasy related, he realised there were gaps in the industry for his wild idea’s and concepts. So here he is,  trying something new and hoping it resinates with people.

Tell me more about your latest book

My latest book is actually the first book I ever wrote. The Conclave Report 3524, is a deep look at humanity and how our flaws and beauty can be carried to another planet. The genre of the book is fiction, but the themes used are very much real and based on real accounts. Its an ambitious novel, but one I am very proud of. A Sci-fi premise, with horror elements, and a dash of dark Manga fantasy for good measure.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The world building and fight scenes were particularly difficult. I wanted this to be an immersive experience, so I had to really tap into what that actually means, and how this could be translated to the audience. The fight scenes were challenging for the same reason, but also because of the power dynamics between the characters, and the task and hope of creating jaw dropping battles.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

At the time, there was no procedure. But I studied the rules very quickly. That being, getting an editor and hiring beta readers before moving forward with anything. Getting as many reviews as possible before releasing a book to take the pressure off. Choosing weather to be self or traditionally published. The list quite literally goes on and on, and its something you will continuously learn.

What motivated you to become an author?

I think seeing the lack of diversity in the fantasy genre contributed heavily to my motivations. That, and wanting to blend Manga fantasy with realistic themes and characters. All of which I have not seen since my reading journey began, so I really wanted to create a story I myself would love to read.

How many books have you written so far?

I have written two so far:

The Garcia Ritual: Grimoire Edition

The Conclave Report 3524

As an author, do you prefer the traditional book or online version? Why?

That is a difficult question. As an author publishing his work, I find the online version is always preferable, as it is easier to upload. However, formatting a book in the traditional sense can be a tedious and draining affair, yet more rewarding when you feel the book in your hands and see the print in all its glory.

So I would have to say,  BOTH! Haha

How active are you on the social media, and how do you think it affects the way you write?

I’m fairly active on social media, its the best way to connect with other authors, writers, and readers. Social media will never affect the way I write, and if it did, I would quit being an author.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Find your own voice! Study the technique of storytelling from your favourite author, via youtube, a masterclass, and continuous reading.  Watch your favourite movies and really understand what you love about it, and what others love about it. When you have this understanding,  all that is left to do, is write! Every person has there own journey, take the time to discover yours.

Visit Author Jo Romao book links:-

https://m.facebook.com/MangaReader2.0/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.instagram.com/manga_reader2.0/

https://instabio.cc/MangaReaderProjects

https://mobile.twitter.com/home?lang=en-gb

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