Take 5 with Author John Consalvo

Welcome to the Take 5 series, where we take five minutes and ask Lehigh Valley professionals and personalities five questions.

Name: John Consalvo
Last Book I Read: Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. Yes, I’m a bit of a geek.
Hidden Talent: I can throw down in the kitchen.
If I Were an Animal, I’d Be: Maybe a lynx. I’m short, shrewd, and a bit of a powerhouse.
Favorite Place in the Lehigh Valley: I love the historic Bethlehem area–how can I not? Even down to the old Woolworth signs, food, and art galleries. It’s just beautiful.
What Motivates Me: Maximizing my talents and abilities while at the same time being good to people, getting to know others, and hearing various points of view.

What makes writing “good”?

I think any writing is good that is genuine and authentic. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, something I agree with or disagree with, if it’s coming from a source of conviction and passion within the writer, then I am drawn to it. It’s like a good song written from the heart. Anyone should be able to appreciate it regardless of complexities.

Where have you drawn the most inspiration from for Earth & Evermore characters?

I’ve certainly drawn inspiration from life experiences and even dreams. Over time, they take on a life of their own and thus become their own.

What are some book ideas you had in the past that didn’t quite make the cut?

I actually always thought of doing self-help books. I never thought I would write fantasy, but here I am, and I love it.

What’s your favorite sentence from an essay, publication, or book? Why?

I have a couple, starting with John 15:16. It’s the part of the passage that says, ‘You didn’t choose me, but I chose you.” When I first read that, I remember feeling like I was worth something and I had a purpose, regardless of my flaws or what others said. I also like John Adams’ quote, “Facts are stubborn things.” In this day and age, people seem more interested in their own version of the truth but in all actuality, it has no bearing on facts. And, for fun, Lucy’s quote, “Because you’re Charlie Brown!” What better motivator and reminder to not be afraid to overcome all odds.

What advice would you give to writers currently working on a book or thinking about writing a book?

It’s cliche, but be yourself and who cares what the masses think? Don’t be afraid of criticism, appreciate the feedback, and never sell yourself or your ideas short.

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