Mosiro: The Three Forests (Author Interview)

Mosiro has an interesting title can you tell us about it?
Mosiro is actually the joining of two names, Mosi and Siro, two siblings of the Guara tribe, grown up in the Amazon forest. While Mosi, 14, is still living in the village under the forest laws, her brother Siro, 12, who attends the regional school, knows the new technologies and is skilled in using them. They belong to different worlds, but their relationship is very strong when they need to right the wrong or to help someone against bullies. When they join forces to defend the threatened environment, they are... invincible. Their mother uses to call them with this name, Mosiro, well aware that they are somewhere in the forest, always together.

How long did it take you to write Mosiro?Five weeks. What to write, however, took many months.

Why did you decide to become a writer?I'm a journalist and when you cope with scientific issues, mainly if you write for children, the gap between a journalist and a writer can be very small.

How did you come up with the story and ideas in Mosiro?As a longtime scientific journalist, I've read thousands of news about the environment and environmental emergencies. The rule is always the same: reality overcomes fantasy. The scientific river of the ideas is never dry.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Mosiro?I have a question always in my mind. Is a middle-grade girl or boy ready to understand the complexity of the environmental issues facing our fragile Earth? Yes of course if you look at Greta, for instance.

Any plans to turn the book into a series?The forests are still endangered, and there are so many problems. Luckily, there is also a lot of people ready to commit to protect the environment. So yes, I plan to turn this book into a series. As I've told earlier: the river of ideas is never dry.