• March 2, 2016
  • Author Interviews
  • Comments Off on Talking Books with John Calicchia, author of ‘Mirror World’

Talking Books with John Calicchia, author of ‘Mirror World’

Mirror World

LS author interviewsJohn Calicchia, author of MIRROR WORLD

John Calicchia

I’m John Calicchia and I write stories of fantasy, action and adventure. In the fall of 2015 my book Mirror World was released! It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story! You can also get a free copy of the users guide to help you understand the psychology behind the book by joining my websitewww.johncalicchia.com

John Calicchia Ph.D. is a professor of psychology who also works with children and young adults as a licensed psychologist. He lives near Boston with his lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You can usually find him in the pool swimming with his two big dogs.

For More Information

Mirror World

About the Book:

Title: Mirror World
Author: John Calicchia
Publisher: Psychangel Books
Pages: 404
Genre: YA Fantasy

What would you do if you saw the future apocalypse of the world in a mirror? Would you try to save the world and those you love, or die trying?

Welcome to my life, this is the vision of the future I’ve been cursed to see.    – Cailyssa Larkin

When Cailyssa Larkin looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. While visiting her Uncle Spencer, Cailyssa gazes into a mirror and sees a dark future that only she can change. With the future of her own world hanging in the balance, Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

This book, written by a psychology professor, integrates famous psychological studies in the story. Readers will enjoy learning important life lessons through the psychological concepts illustrated in the book.

For More Information

  • Mirror World is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, John!  Can you tell us where you are from?

I live about 30 minutes south of Boston.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

That’s a tough one.  I played with several different titles and finally about halfway through the book I realized the title Mirror World  best represented  what it’s really about.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The first thing I did was look at hundreds of young adult book covers that had won awards, I looked at the style and colors within the genre. I then gave sample covers to beta readers, friends, and teen readers. I would not suggest most people do this, but I actually created the cover myself, you have to be very familiar with Photoshop and layering.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Cailyssa Larkin is a 17-year-old strong female heroine, but she has always had problems fitting in. She possesses extraordinary martial arts fighting abilities and the ability to influence people. Despite her amazing abilities to understand others and see the future, she cannot understand herself. Her family secret is obvious to everyone but herself. She is also cursed to fall in love with a young man, sworn to always protect her, that she will never be with.

When she looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her – someone is. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. One day she gazes into a mirror and sees the end of the world that only she can change. Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

I hope my book is a somewhat unique stamp. First of all I hope it’s a fun and exciting story that entertains you. But I know as a  professor that the psychology studies hidden in the plot are very helpful for people’s lives. So I really hope it’s a wonderful tale, that has a free self-help book hidden in the narrative. Please get a copy of the users guide at my website after you read it and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In the meantime, read the book and keep guessing about the psychology behind it!

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter is the final one in the book. Without giving too much away, the final chapter resolves a lot of the tensions that have been building throughout the novel, I could feel and empathize with the characters in the final chapter as if I really knew them.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

That’s an easy question.  I knew I had to write this book! It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story!

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

There are two characters in the book that I see as representing parts of my personality, read the book and tell me who you think those characters might be?  Did I mention I have two amazing daughters?  And there seems to be too strong female heroines in the book? Uhmmm…

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love the Caribbean, I own a small property in the Dominican Republic and would like to spend as much time on the beach there as possible!

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night person, but strangely, I do my best writing in the morning.  I think that’s because I’m still sleeping or half dreaming of living in the world of my characters.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

I think both my daughters may be aspiring writers, time will tell.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

For sure!  I was always getting in trouble in school for not paying attention. I was too busy looking out the window planning my next story. I bet many of my elementary school teachers would be surprised I obtained a PhD. I wrote my first story in sixth grade, and the class loved it and laughed so hard, I was asked to be the first one to read my stories for the rest of the year – motivation for an aspiring writer?

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

I hope more people can read my book!  The reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have been excellent, but not many people have purchased the book to read. I don’t really care about book sales in the traditional sense. I know this book can help people through the science of psychology. I’ve spent 30 years of my career working with young people  as a psychologist and nothing would give me more satisfaction than to know that this book has helped someone.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I have always loved reading fiction. A book for me has always been a magical place where I could experience the livesof the characters in the story, so much so that at times I felt as if I actually knew them and lived in their worlds. Did I? Can psychology explain this? It can. When people experience in their imaginations the thoughts, feelings, or events of another person, psychologists call it vicarious learning. We learn through the lives of characters we read about. We see ourselves in their shoes struggling with pain, difficult choices, redemption, hope, and love. This is a good thing, for psychological research has shown us that reading narrative fiction can foster human capacities such as empathy, interpersonal sensitivity, kindness, tolerance, and heroism. I hope this book helps this in some small way.

 

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Comments are closed.