The Movellas Interview Diary

I took this off and I'm putting it back up again (Nov, 2015). Enjoy! - Here you will find interviews with some of the most talented on Movellas. They will tell you about their likes, dislikes, favourite authors/books, weird talents, goals, ambitions, celebrity crushes and much more. Oh and they will also shed some light on the much debated and controversial question slash topic or whatever you wanna call it, that has been discussed since the dawn of man: is it okay to turn your underwear inside out so it can last a little longer... okay, maybe not that last one...

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7. Zhuge Liang

 

BASIC INFO

 

Name: Zhuge Liang

Age: Classified (Don't reveal ages online due to safety and privacy reasons)

Your best piece of work on Movellas: Hegamony

Likes: Playing total war games on my pc, playing AC on Xbox, watching movies, erm......writing,.....eating, no, I guess that's it really, watching the IPL on ITV4, I am a big fan of sports so watch all the football and cricket on Sky sports in the Gym, listening to music in the morning on my ipod. Also I watch Asian movies and love Chinese and Japanese Movies.

Dislikes: Autotuned singers like JB or Florida, they steal too much and gain too much. Corruption - hate it. 

Favourite Author: Haha, I have too many too list at the same time, but I'll list some, Harry Thomspon, Luo Ghongzhou, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, James Paterson, David Baldacci, Leo Tolsty, Bernard Cornwell, Mark Hodder for his brilliant swinburne and burton series, Wilbur Smith for his fascinating novels about Africa, Richard Howard, Sun Tzu, Steven Saylor, John Steinbeck, Steve Berry, Stuart Hill for his most brilliant yet underated series, Icemark chronicles, JKK Tolkien, Andy Mc Dermott, James Lovegrove, C.J Sansom, Johnathan Stroud, Matthew Reilly., Louise Berridge, Alexandre Dumas, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Christen Cameron, Micheal Sharra, John Jakes, Shelby foote

Books you recommend: HIVE, Of Mice and Men, Romance of the Three Kingdoms,  The Amulet of Samarkand, The dragon and the bear, Inca Gold, Sahara Desert, Raising the Titanic, first family, Honor and Sword, Age of Aztec, The Three Musketeers, The lost tomb, Empire of dragons, the last legion,  Kings of the Bosphorous, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, North and South, Shiolh, 

What makes you stop reading a book: None really, only if the setting doesn't interest me then do I stop.

What makes you read a book more than once: When the book is written so brilliantly, you can read it time and time again.

Do you have a weird talent: Writing

Celebrity CrushNone really.

 

QUESTION TIME!

 

Bonjour Zhuge, how are you?

Fantastic, top of the world.

So when did you start writing and what made you want to write?

Screenwriting. You may not believe it but I wanted to become a screenwriter when I was too young to figure out everything. You know like going in Hollywood and directors coming to me, I even wrote a 94 page movie feature script. But let me tell you that was poorly written, badly edited, and the worst screenplay I ever wrote. It was simply bad. I got real low comments such as if the actor had read this, they would have thrown this in the bin after five minutes of reading it.  In fact, here's one what had to say of it:

First, the writer of the work said, he spoke limited English and that it was a work in progress. So he didn't want anyone who doesn't like it not to posted a review. So I guessing he only wants positive review of bad writing. That's no way to improve your writing skills if you can't take the good with the bad.

And the fact that writer English is limited is a poor excuse for such a poor structure screenplay. The dialogue, writing, structure, grammar, typos and just about everything was terrible. And to be honest, I have no idea what the screenplay is truly about. It's all over the place. The writer said, he wanted to submit this script for Jason Stathama and Jet Lee. I doubt they would continue reading this pass the first 10 pages before they would throw it the trash. Because it's just that hard to read when so much is wrong with it.

Writer also said, the script is not finished. I don't understand why writer would posted a unfinished script. Finish it then post it for some feedback. That way a reading can point out the weak and strong points. To be honest. I couldn't get through this script(page 50 I tapped out) some I'm not posting a review because that would be unfair to the writer. But my post is to let the writer know as a fellow writer here with or peers. That I'm not here to criticizes but encourage fellow writers. So please do not takes this posting as being mean spirited in anyway. This script needs a lot of work. 

And he was right. I deserved it, for at that time I was too young and I really didn't think much except give me a five star on my screenplay. That was when I turned to writing novels as it was more easy, and I realized that I had to change my attitude, keeping this attitude that everything I wrote was great was rubbish. I now knew that I had to improve  and since then I'm aiming to improve. I left screenwriting as I found it too difficult to continue really. I'll go back to my script one day and ask those fellow screenwriters who aimed to give me good advise and I was too ignorant, I shall go and read it.

On your profile page you say that your username is of Chinese origin and I presume it's the name of an historical figure you admire greatly – what made you choose this name over others, what is it about Zhuge Liange that you like so much?

This man, Zhuge Liang, he was a great man. He could outwit anyone in debates, had uncanny foresight, and he was two three steps ahead of his enemies. He was highly intellectual and he lived in an era in which he tried to restore the old empire in China, he came close but died at the age of 54, moreover he was humble and intelligent as well. He knew how to make things useful and was one of the most brilliant leaders in Chinese History. So therefore I aim to be more like him in terms of intelligence and common sense.

What do you think is the best thing about writing?

Writing is like directing a movie, its like you're a movie director, you have the cast, you have the audience, all you have really is the scene and location, you direct it, its your movie people will see. 

What do you think is the difference between a good story and a great one?

A good story can make people read with it much pleasure. A great story is what evokes emotions and questions society. That is a great story, one which people can enjoy and read.

Choose any one of the stories you've written on here... once you've done that, can you list a few actors/actresses who would play the characters if it was to be turned into a movie?

Oh I have tons, but I'll list some:

Johnny Depp

Orlando Bloom

Robert Downing Jr

Jude Law

Christen Bale

Jim Broadbant

I see that you're from the UAE, I'm pretty jealous... the weather there must be great. What is the best thing about living out there?

Ah, thats actually a mistake, I meant to put UK, but I accidently put UAE, so I thought I would leave it and then change it, but I haven't done it since November! Haha! (Oh, so you're not that lucky then :p)

If you were to go to an isolated desert island for 24 months and could only take four things with you – what would would you take?

Spear

Book

Clothes

Stones

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors around the world?

My advice would be is to never give up, no matter how much critism, how much rejections, you will get there, and you need to be 100% determined, because when you start your journey as a writer, it is difficult as you haven't fully become one. You need to work in day jobs, but really, writing is your important thing here, and believe in yourself. You can write, you need to polish your story, always edit your story, you never know the difference between a bad manuscript and good manuscript before getting published. Get book doctors or professional copyeditors which can fix your writing though they cost a fee, it is worth it. And never give up on your future, this maybe your once and only chance. Keep going at it, all the great authors have faced difficulty before, you therefore will feel the same, but you will get there eventually

Who is your literary idol?

No one really to be honest, I want to write like all authors do really

Do you think writers block exists and if not, why?

No, it doesn't exist. Its when your brain collapses and shuts down, what you need to do is really watch movies, play games, go out, to get your brain moving back into shape. Its just your brain needs a bit of rest before it can write again.

 

QUICK-FIRE ROUND

 

Candy or Chocolate?

Chocolate

Cats or Dogs?

None of them

Rain or Snow?

Snow

Historical fiction or Fantasy?

Historical fiction

Rich or Poor?

Poor

Cola or Pepsi?

Cola

Sunshine or Rain?

Sunshine

Chai or Coffee?

Chai

AC or COD?

AC any time, I leave MW3 and COD to my friends.

 

Interviewee note:

I wanted to add this:   Please buy this book called  Is there a book in you by Alison Baverstock, to all writers who want to get published and are not, this book will help you dramatically in your writing career.

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