Fiora Books is pleased to announce the release of award-winning author, John Fioravanti’s long-awaited novel, Passion & Struggle. It is available in both ebook and paperback formats.
Published by Waterloo-based Fiora Books, Passion & Struggle, is Fioravanti’s first published work of fiction, and is Book One of THE GENESIS SAGA series.
The series is characterized by the author as futuristic drama, and is set in the Sci-Fi Equations universe created by Kenneth Tam of Iceberg Publishing. The series fits neatly between Tam’s The Earther Equation and The Genesis Equation.
It is 2796 CE, the Krogg War has ended, and a new human society on Genesis must be forged on a world torn for six centuries between a Church of false Gods and a segregated state.
Fioravanti’s first foray into the genre of science fiction comes after the publication of two works of non-fiction, in the realm of education.
The first, published in 2002 by Data Based Directions, Getting It Right in History Class, is now available through Wintertickle Press. Its purpose is to guide high school students in the preparation of both informal and formal history assignments.
The story of the evolution of this publication is discussed in his second educational book, A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching, published in 2007 by Iceberg Publishing. That book won a bronze medal in the international IPPY Awards competition among independent publishers in the spring of 2008.
THE GENESIS SAGA will tell the stories of the humans on Genesis during the forty-year gap between Tam’s two intergalactic wars. Fioravanti begins with the drama which ensues after the Krogg War, when the rulers of Genesis strive to bring about crucial political and social change in a society long torn by segregation and intolerance. Passion & Struggle introduces many new characters to the Equations universe – most notably, Professor Marco Rossini, who, as an academic and an idealist, strives to lead humanity toward a better society, that doesn’t repeat the fatal mistakes of humans on old, Pre-Omega Earth.
We asked Fioravanti how his style of writing fits into Kenneth Tam’s universe. “Kenneth wrote brilliantly about two titanic military conflicts, while I aim to narrow the scope in my stories. I love to explore the stories about the inevitable conflict that arises amid significant changes in society. I delve into the relationships between the characters, be they professional, or personal. After all, Marco’s mother has been trying to get him married off for years… so I’ll try to help her out!”
When asked how much romance was in Passion & Struggle, Fioravanti played it close to the vest. “The romantic moments in the story serve to contribute to the overall drama, but don’t dominate in this futuristic yarn. I’m a bit of a romantic, myself, so my novels will reflect that.”
After writing two non-fiction books, do you enjoy writing fiction? “Yes! I’m having the time of my life! The transition was not easy, but Jacqui Tam and her son, Kenneth, coached me as I struggled. I was also encouraged by colleagues in education who commented that they enjoyed my Journey book because I told the story in an engaging way. My wife, Anne, read the early drafts, and was amazed that it read like ‘a real book’! I was encouraged and thus enabled to forge on with draft after draft of Passion & Struggle.”
We asked Fioravanti how he plans his novels. “I’m very unorthodox in my approach. When I started the project, I sat with pen and paper and sought to sketch out the main plot, sub-plots and characters, but to no avail. I ended up doing more useless doodling than anything else! I tried on several occasions, because everything I had read about the craft of writing, suggested that this kind of planning was crucial. I became frustrated and almost scrapped the project.”
What did you do? “I remembered that I always write best when sitting in front of a keyboard. So I fired up my computer and my word processor… and thought. I was agitated at first, but as I titled the page ‘The Genesis Saga’, I found myself relaxing. Then ideas began to pop into my mind and without making a conscious decision to begin, my fingers began to type the first sentence. As I continued to type the first paragraph, more ideas popped – characters came to mind as I needed them. I found myself writing by the seat of my pants, and I was smiling because it was fun!”
Did you write the whole novel by the seat of your pants? “I did. The story unraveled in my mind as I went along. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing – rewrites were necessary! My editors really earned their keep! They taught me a lot as we went along, so I’m confident that I will continue to work on and improve my craft. Will I become a more conventional writer? No way! Each writer must find their own way… and I’ve discovered that this is how I roll!”