ABOUT C.V. ROSASCO
C.V. Rosasco is an author and psychotherapist living and working in a weird town called Hollywood. He has worked as a stage and soap opera actor, a childrens’ social worker in South Central L.A., an addiction specialist with gay addicts, and a janitor. He is a beach volleyball player, just took up Jiu-Jitsu, has had two nervous breakdowns ( 3 if you’re really counting), and is an avid meditator / yogi.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote mostly as a way to fulfill my creative needs. I think a lot of people get numb to them. This seems to especially be true with the continued immersion of mass media entertainment, whether it be T.V., films, the internet, or facebook. I found that I was getting deeply frustrated by my lack of self expression. I also found the book to be a kind of outlet for political frustration, and an avenue to allow myself to live more in the mystery of life and less in the details of day to day living.
What books have influenced your life the most?
I’d say Siddhartha, The Power of Now, The Road Less Travelled, Iron John, and The Object of my Affection. I tend to love philosophy, books on warrior / men’s work, and spiritual studies. As a fiction writer I guess I’m a bit of a hypocrite in that I don’t read that much fiction. I love to write it, but I get more of a bang out of psychology and metaphysical writings than fiction. My book blends a lot of those two subjects into an adventure story (sort of a Narnia on steroids).
What are your current projects?
I’m writing a paranormal romance. It’s a lot of fun. I am continuing to blend spiritual themes but am also going more into the sexual arena on this one. Everyone seems interested in stories of romance and sex so I’m hoping to find an audience that can appreciate both.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d probably shorten it a little. I edited the thing to an inch of its life, but I still think it could be tighter. I love the book though and don’t think there are any glaring mistakes.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I had a man read it who I greatly admire. His feedback was, “Whose your target audience.” I was bewildered. That was his main concern. The omission of any real serious feedback on the story or characters was very painful.
What has been the best compliment?
I have a friend who said the book was the best she had ever read, and that it gave her hope for her life during a very difficult period.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Get somebody involved in keeping you accountable to writing goals. It’s easy to have a flurry of excitement in starting a book and then lose steam. Also, if you can, pay for as much editing as you can. You need other people who are more experienced than you are to keep the editing process on track.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I’m good at “telling it like it is”. I’m not too concerned with being politically correct and can call out the truth of a situation pretty quickly.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I can get “glass half empty” thinking the moment I wake up. I have to continually remind myself of what is working and where the gold is in my life instead of wallowing in the shit.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d say that writing or any kind of art work is a wonderful, fragile thing. In general we seem very wounded around art and quick to criticize it. I think its important to keep a focus on what we like before tearing anything apart. Artists and writers need more support than ever in the era of big money and shallow entertainment. We as a culture are dumbing ourselves down way too much.