Friday, March 10, 2017

Interview with Pietro Grieco, author of Proverbs & Epigrams

Inside the Book:

Title: Proverbs & Epigrams
Author: Pietro Grieco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion/Meditations
Format: Ebook
“Concentrate on the surrounding conditions you want to produce, and avoid excuses for not living a fruitful life.” Pietro Grieco believes proverbs and epigrams can be used as stepping stones, seeds of inspiration, and sparks of creativity. With the idea of inspiring and empowering others, Pietro shares a compilation of over two hundred meaningful sayings that he hopes can help people discover fortitude, elevation, and joy within daily living. Grieco, a doctor of divinity and the president of the Foundation for Development of Spiritual Thinking, relies on both his personal and professional experiences as he offers condensed gems of positive wisdom that can be perused either by theme or randomly as affirmations, meditations, or reflections. Through his thoughtful writings, Grieco subtly encourages us to practice consistent mindfulness while musing about such relatable themes as suffering, gratitude, humility, prayer, forgiveness, and transformation. Proverbs and Epigrams: Brief Ideas with Great Power provides inspiration for anyone ready to be lifted up by a new perspective on life. 

The Interview:

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title was the precise definition of the content. That is: synthetic direct sayings or proverbs. 

What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is peaceful and generally naturally harmonious. I need a good view from my working desk. I need it for each time I take my eyes out from the computer and the text, to give them some rest. I live in front of a lake (now Lake Como) as I did in California. Then water, woods and mountains are part of my natural environment. 

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

The best tools have been: books, dictionaries, nearby libraries, and logically Internet. This tool, Internet, has become unavoidable to do an immediate check of names, dates, events. 

What inspires you to write?

For this book it was the reading of other books, meditations, reactions to events of the world, my own experiences, even suffering generated creativity. As two of the proverbs say: “When sudden inspiration touches the dormant forces of your being, be ready to let creativity flow.” And, “You are inspired when you are really breathing in spirit.”

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

I learned tons, because each one of these sayings are like seeds of wisdom, and of beauty, requiring to purify my thoughts, my writing, and my being. 

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My favorite quality is a voracious curiosity. Since childhood I have been interested in many fields of knowledge. From electricity to geography, history to finances, poetry to philosophy, management to meditation and spirituality. That is why I took as a reference Confucius, Socrates, Thoreau, and Einstein among others.

Meet the Author:
Pietro Grieco is author of The Boy and the Prophet, as well as eight other books in Spanish. He is a doctor of divinity and holds both an OBD in administration sciences and a master of arts degree in literature and writing. He has taught at the college level in Argentina and the United States and is the founder and president of the Foundation for Development of Spiritual Thinking.

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