“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”
– John Steinbeck
“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”
– Truman Capote
“Even an article or an interview can become a story, like a journey, like an adventure into another culture, in another vision.
Whenever I conduct an interview, I always try to focus on creating a portrait of the artist or visionary, whatever the profession. In any case, I strive to be respectful and attentive as I complete the portrait of a human being.
As a journalist, I try to be objective in whatever I write, to be curious and go more deeply into some topics. My focus is to present the views of both sides, unless they involve issues concerning injustice, lack of freedom, inequality, racism, or any brutal, criminal, or despicable actions. There have been situations where I thought I had to act, to take a position, not just look in from the outside as a simple observer, but to take an active part.
In general, I have always felt that I am a writer first, then a journalist, and I have approached things with that same sensibility and intensity.
In all my travels, I have become closer to other cultures by respecting them and trying to get to know them deeply. I have chosen not to merely scratch the surface of the culture, but to live with the people of different nations and traditions. I have gotten to know them and have become a friend to them, when possible, instead of simply visiting places as a tourist.
Kindness and respect have always been the greatest values for me, as well as tolerance and compassion, while trying to help others as much as I can.
Anyone who knows me well is aware I have a very strong work ethic.”