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Davide Mana


First Language(s): Italian
Second Language(s): English


Davide Mana (Turin, 1967) holds a BSc in Paleontology and a PhD in Geology. He was a teacher, researcher, contract lecturer, used car salesman, interpreter, website creator, scarecrow, bicycle repairer. He’s currently an author, translator and game designer. In his free time he listens to music, blogs (karavansara.live) and co-hosts a podcast about horror movies called “Paura & Delirio”.


What was your favorite book as a child?

My favorite book as a child was probably Mark Twain's |The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” But I also liked books about dinosaurs a lot.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I started writing when I was in high school, because like all avid readers I felt like trying my hand at writing. Admittedly, I was not very good, and it took fifteen years for me to make my first professional sale. Later still, when my career as a lecturer expired, writing became my Plan B.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Much as I like reading (and writing) about adventure, I am not a very adventurous type. Probably the most adventurous thing I ever did was deciding to become a full-time writer instead of seeking a "normal job." So far it's been a roller coaster, but it's also the most fun I ever had.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I like music and I often have a soundtrack of sorts when writing. I particularly like jazz as a background when writing. But I do not like to have music going when I read, because I want to focus as completely as possible on the text.


Flash Fiction
Issue Spring '21

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz