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I sat down at the Toronto restaurant Home Of The Brave with author Marko Da Costa to discuss his new book 'The Art Of Feeling.'  When I read his book of poetry for the first time I was moved by the emotion in his words and his writing from the heart.  In his series of writings he discusses "embracing love, finding peace, overcoming heartache, appreciating life, letting go and moving on."  His words are identifiable and the reader forms a connection to his poetry.  Just like his writing, Marko is inspiring, passionate, real and has a positive message.  I strongly encourage you to order your copy and have a read!  I asked him to answer a few questions for my readers below: 

"For anyone out that has a dream, never give up on what you believe in. The world will find ways to diminish that light inside of you but you must carry on. As long as you believe in yourself, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your dreams." -Marko Da Costa

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WORK:  ‘The Art Of Feeling’ - a collection of poetry 
INSTAGRAM:  @markodacosta

If you can describe yourself in a few words, what would they be?

I like to think of myself as a man with a thousand dreams. I’m artistic, motivated, cultured and compassionate. 

How long have you been writing and how did you initially start/decide that you wanted to write?

I’ve been writing since a young age. My earliest work was when I was eight. I was a kid full of emotions and opinions about the world. I was an introvert as a kid because I was bullied. Writing became an outlet for me to express how I truly felt inside about myself and the people around me.

How long does it take to create your work?  Please Describe the process.

Writing poetry is completely different than writing a screenplay. When I sit down to write poems, the time in which it takes to complete a poem varies. I’ve found sometimes it takes me a few minutes and then sometimes it has taken me an hour to complete a piece. It all depends on where the mind is in the moment that pen meets the paper. Sometimes you already know what you want to say and then other times you’re kind of swimming through ideas, trying to piece everything together.  Screenplays are a different world altogether. You have to come up with a great idea, lay out the plots and character developments, pull out your hair here and there, piece together scenes and then ultimately write your story. It’s not easy, trust me. I love both forms of art but I have to live in two completely different worlds in my head in order to manage each art form.

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Where do you draw your inspiration from?

When it comes to drawing inspiration, I usually pull ideas from music, conversations, fantasies and real life issues. That’s the fun in creating art. There’s a story behind everything that exists in this world. It just boils down to how do you interpret  the story in front of you and how do you transfer that story into your art form so that the world sees it the way you do.

What is the next step in your career?

It’s hard to say what will be the next step in my career… I can only work hard and hope for the best. I push my art out there every day in hopes that there are people who will connect with the messages in my work. My success depends on the people who believe in my work. For now, I will continue to make art and tell stories with hopes that more people will want to follow.

Where can one purchase your work?
‘The Art Of Feeling’ is available for purchase on amazon or on my website.

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You can pick up your own copy at or on amazon.   

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