Mike DiCerto has been a film maker as well as a writer since he was a child. Putting his talents to work, Mr. DiCerto has directed several music videos, documentaries, shorts, promotional videos and two feature films, No Exit and Triptosane.
On the writing front, Mike DiCerto's first novel, Milky Way Marmalade was the winner of the 2003 Dream Realm Award and has been met with rave reviews. Mr. DiCerto's latest work is The Adventures of Rupert Starbright: The Door to Far-Myst, a middle grade fantasy novel that is sure to catch the interest of even the most reluctant of readers.
When not working or writing, MIke DiCerto keeps himself busy with many interests, including Yoga, gardening, cats, playing guitar, and indulging in '70s era TV. Mr. DiCerto resides in New York City with his soul-mate/wife, Suzy and their rescued cat, Cosmo.
Please tell us a bit about your book,The Adventures of Rupert Starbright: The Door to Far-Myst, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
The story deals with Rupert Dullz, a boy tired of doing boring things in his boring town and his boring teachers and parents who make everything even more boring. When a strange and colorful man descends into Graysland in his colorful balloon (which he calls a “bagoon”) and sings of a thing called “imagination,” all the adults forbid the children from speaking of such things. Only Rupert’s grandmother — sick with the “cuffus” — understands his longings for something more exciting. Rupert embarks on his adventure to the colorful world of Far-Myst for only one reason — a very selfless reason — to find a cure for his grandma’s sickness. But he learns that all that glitters is not gold and the world of Far-Myst has a darkness approaching it. All the children are gone and they desperately need a child’s imagination to save their world. Rupert finds himself facing life and death situations. I hope the readers, in addition to being very entertained, come away with a renewed sense of the value of wonder, compassion and love.