238: Pushing the Boundaries of Noir – Interview with Tony Bellotto

Creative238: Pushing the Boundaries of Noir – Interview with Tony Bellotto

238: Pushing the Boundaries of Noir – Interview with Tony Bellotto

Hey there word nerds!

Today I am so excited to be hosting Brazilian author Tony Bellotto on the show!

As some of you may know, my parents are from Brazil and my first language is actually Portuguese. Though I was raised in the U.S. I consider myself as much Brazilian as American so I am super thrilled to have a Brazilian author here today!

Tony is the author of the best-selling Bellini mystery novels, which have been released as major feature films and translated widely, establishing him as the preeminent writer of Brazilian detective fiction. He is also a guitarist and songwriter for the famed Brazilian rock band Titãs (The Titans), which has released twenty albums and sold over six million copies.

On top of all that, Tony is also the editor of Rio Noir and São Paulo Noir, both published by Akashic Books, who are also releasing the English translation of his Bellini mysteries starting with his debut novel, Bellini and the Sphinx, which is now available.

Now listen in, and get ready to hear a little Portuguese, as Tony and I chat about the two awesome anthologies he edited and what it really means for a story to be noir.

In this episode Tony and I discuss:

  • The broad definition of “noir”.
  • How to create a crime fiction anthology with non-crime fiction writers.
  • Using humor to create the noir atmosphere.
  • Why you should divide an anthology into sections, and how to do it right.
  • International publishing and the translation process.

Plus, Tony’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/238

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