Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul
by Marcus Dino
“Fulfill your destiny Fifi, as you wander through the Wilderness,” Goth her spirit guide tells her….
Marcus Dino’s latest book ‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’, an anthology like it’s smash hit predecessor, ‘Diary of a Mad Gen Yer’, has 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche coming back as outrageous as ever, introducing new ‘Silly Stories,’ ‘Silly Poems,’ and ‘Silly Blogs’, plus an added new twist using the world of Twitter, Fifi’s ‘Silly Tweets.’
‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’ is third in a series of ‘Fifi’s stories following Marcus Dino’s top ten Amazon Bestseller ‘Diary of a Mad Gen Yer’ in addition to his original Hollywood novel ‘Fifi’.
Many of the major characters from Mr. Dino’s two earlier book are back in ‘Evolved Soul’ including Fifi’s boyfriend Biff, her obstinate father Charles, and her two alien friends from the planet Zatoris, Alocki and Helos. In addition there are some very interesting new characters in ‘Evolved Soul’ including a long dead Englishman who said he knew great literary figures such as Dickens and Keats called ‘The 200 Year Old Great Writer,’ and two entities who say they are ‘Fifi’s Spirit Guides’, Goth and Au.
Both Goth and Au write very inspirational blogs that convey a strong message in the ‘Blogs’ section of ‘Evolved Soul’.
‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’ is both humorous and inspirational and, like it’s two predecessors, will entertain the reader from beginning to end.
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from ‘My Silly Poems’
READ IT FAST
EEEEEK HERE’S A DANDY THAT MY RIGHT BRAIN JUST MADE UP….. OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME STUCKUP TYPES WHO WILL SAY….”NO WONDER SHE’S NOT HAD ANY SERIOUS BOYFRIENDS THE PAST 10 YEARS.” YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE STRESS PEOPLE…. YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE STRESS… NOW YOU MUST READ THIS POEM AS FAST AS YOU CAN FOR EFFECT… ENJOY
The gnat that sat on the bat that sat on the hat that sat on the cat that sat on the mat said:
“At first I pouted but my patience paid off as I purposely picked plenty of pickled prickly peanut buttered peppered pear and pecan pies at the produce section and puckered my lips as I later sold these pickled prickly peanut buttered peppered pear and pecan pies to plenty and plenty of people and felt pleasure as I profited from pocketing all these people’s pretty little pennies.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Marcus Dino, author of Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul, to Room With Books!
Hi Marcus and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Would you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a writer of three fiction books that deal with the life of 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl ‘Fifi” Larouche. I’m semi-retired and work part time as a teacher/tutor in Santa Maria, California. I taught mathematics for a number of years in the Los Angeles Public School system. Before that I worked as an engineer in Aerospace, Living in Hollywood for a number of years inspired me to write the ‘Fifi’ books which became the trilogy starting with the Hollywood novel Fifi, followed by the anthology Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, followed by Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul. The last few years I have been a very ardent student of spirituality and that gave me the idea to write the spiritual part for Evolved Soul.
What were you like at school?
My favorite subjects in my early school years were science, math, and history. Still as a kid, I also loved to read and had a great love for science fiction. Especially books written by Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. In high school I started showing a real interest in creative writing. One thing I wasn’t too good at in school was sports, especially anything to do with a ball. I am proud to say that I was the last kid picked for a few sports teams during PE or ‘rode the bench’ and was a guaranteed out when I played T-Ball or Babe Ruth baseball. But I always did well in the Spelling Bee. I guess I was just a lot better at using my ‘frontal lobe’ rather than my ‘cerebellum.’
Were you good at English?
While I enjoyed ‘creative writing’ in high school, I hated grammar and bombed the verbal portion of my SAT thus dashing my dreams of getting into, say a Harvard or MIT, but I did get into UC Santa Barbara and while there barely passed Subject A, or ‘Freshman Bonehead English’.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My Spirit Guide tells me like Fifi, I shouldn’t be so concerned about Ego but deep down inside I am in making ‘Fifi Larouche’ a household name. After writing the ‘Fifi Trilogy’ and over 15,000 tweets in Twitter under the name ‘Fifilarouche’, my next project is a possible ‘Fifi’ screenplay and perhaps a children’s book involving not Fifi as a child, but her two spirit guides from Evolved Soul, Goth and Au.
Which writers inspire you?
Beside Asimov and Bradbury I am also inspired by Hemingway, Puzo, and Steinbeck.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche, star of what I call the ‘Fifi trilogy,’ Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, and Fifi, is a happy go luck Hollywood wannabe from Des Moines, Iowa who is determined to get to the top and not take no for an answer as she goes from audition to audition, all the while struggling to make a living as a waitress at a Sherman Oak’s greasy spoon.
What does she do that is so special? First look at her name, Fifi, that makes Fifi special right there. Her college professor father, Charles, named her Fifi as a baby because she was so pugnacious and she had a little curl on her forehead that reminded him of a French poodle. How about her love for old movies like Casablanca and spontaneously just singing the French National Anthem La Marseillaise when she feels like it.
She also has a stubborn streak and hates taking no for an answer. For instance, her father thinks she is wasting her time in La La Land trying to be an actress and he, through his connections, can get her a banking job in her home town of Des Moines. She tells him she will be the greatest actress Hollywood has ever seen and would rather starve working as a waitress in expensive LA than work in a stuffy ‘office job’ all day.
What are you presently working on?
Mainly writing three to four tweets a day for the thousands of Twitter followers of ‘Fifi Larouche’. Again future projects are the possible screenplay and children’s book.
Which actors would you like to see playing the lead characters?
There are just so many talented Gen Y actresses out there I really haven’t decided who would be the perfect ‘Fifi Larouche’.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
My Inner Voice tells me to get something going. Maybe it’s a spirit guide like Au? I always procrastinate and just have to force myself to get a project going by blocking other things out of my mind.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I am very spontaneous. There is no special time of day when I write. I could be up writing at 2 am and this is when I have to get up at 6 am and go to work. Keep in mind a number of short stories in Diary and Evolved Soul have come from my dreams and became Fifi’s ‘silly dreams’. Whenever the ideas come to me I write.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anything spontaneous in my life can be a ‘Fifi Story’. For instance, a few years ago I took a singles cruise to Mexico and a lot of things I experienced there inspired a few of the stories for Diary of a Mad Gen Yer. Living in Hollywood and being with working actors gave me ideas for my original novel Fifi. My recent interest in spirituality inspired me to introduce Goth and Au with their ‘spiritual advice’ for Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to see where an idea takes me.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Writer’s Block. I can sit in front of my laptop for hours due to writer’s block and maybe a day later a ton of ideas come to me while I’m driving and listening to my favorite song. I then pull over and write ‘what I heard.’ Getting ideas for writing anything does not come easy.
Do you read much and who are your favorite authors?
Not as much as I used to. The writers whom I really enjoyed reading were Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. Recently I have read an amazing book by Norman Vincent Peal called The Power of Positive Thinking which has really affected me due to my recent strong interest in spirituality.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Both. I believe eBooks are great for convenience but I still enjoy having a printed book in my hands. As an author when you write both you can market to two different mediums. You cannot sell eBooks at book fairs and of course convenience and price wise eBooks come in handy as the local and sadly vanishing bookstore may not have your book in stock.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
I have always liked Asian anime cartoons. Something just came into my head about Fifi being a super heroine cartoon character type person. Just showing Fifi by herself with the white background I felt would really make the cover stand out and I believe it does.
Who designed your book covers?
A talented local Pasadena illustrator when I lived in Arcadia.
Do you have a trailer made for your book?
Yes I just had one made. What a fantastic job the producer did. Here is the link
Do you think that giving books away free works?
Yes I believe it does. You do the free giveaways you get more reviews and you get more word of mouth. Word of mouth makes these book sell.
How do you relax?
I write of course? I also like to slink in front of the boob tube with friends, family, or by myself and watch an old classic movies. The same with going out and see any new classic movie even though due to poor quality they are hard to find. Finally I love hiking and meditating.
What is your favorite quote?
Genius is 98 percent perspiration and 2 percent inspiration by Thomas Edison, one of the most innovative souls to walk the Earth. As an author trying to build a name for myself I do agree with what he said.
What is your favorite movie?
I like so many but I’ll go with The Godfather.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon and other major online bookstores, www.summertimeproductions.net.
Do you have any final words?
For me good writing means letting the story line flow freely into my mind. Enjoyed the interview.
Marcus Dino has always wanted to be a fiction writer as long as he can remember. Living in Southern California and his being a diehard movie buff has led him to write stories dealing with the struggles and conquests of heroic, up and coming Hollywood actress, Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche.
Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is an anthology and inspirational book and is Marcus’ third ‘Fifi’ series book. His first book, Hollywood novel Fifi was first published in 2003. His second book in eBook format, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, an anthology and Amazon best seller in its category, was published in 2009.
Marcus has a Master’s degrees in Education and Engineering and is a graduate of Chapman University. He has a distinguished career as an electronics engineer working for several Aerospace companies and also as a mathematics teacher in Los Angeles area schools. He currently resides in Santa Maria, California.
The printed version of ‘Evolved Soul’ has just been published and is currently being placed in numerous bookstores.