– Who is Philippe Moncho?
– I am from Bastia and here I do all my studies. After that I got a lot of jobs: musician, road repairman, sound and lighting manager, paramedic, marketing assistant… But at age 50, I decided to go back to music.
– The music came to me. In the 70s and 80s we were a group of friends, guitar in hand. That was the Moncho Trio. We make original compositions, world music. If I branch out afterwards, the music is never far away.
– I have been writing since I was 8 years old. Poems, little songs but I really poured into literature for 7/8 years.
– How did this taste in literature come to you?
– Through a friend, then an RCI journalist, Jean-Luc Gabrielli, sadly now died. He made me discover many authors, he passed on to me his passion for books. He really started me off.
– A word about your past deeds…
– In 2018, Pelo and Lua **, an epistolary novel, a plot of love but a different approach. In 2021 I published The Garden of Angels***, a quest for love, the crossing of an eternal garden.
– And your youngest?
– Breathing at night is the story of an author in search of peace, a peace worthy of writing. She falls in love with Laura, a literary journalist who carries the air of love in her luggage. With him, he shares the love, tenderness and taste of books, but also the unwanted uncertainty of a criminal case. With the slow reality threatening his peace, the activity invaded his existence and as it slowly permeated his writings, he began to doubt him. A kind of whodunnit too. A blue thriller, so is the cover, because what moves the book is not the story but the echo that is in the characters. We enter the story of the poem, it becomes literary on the part of the character and we enter a more amorous, sensual world. As she thinks she’s turned away from love, she falls in love again in an atmosphere that is always anxious, criminal.
– Is there a part of you in this author who is also called Philippe?
– I hid that name. It was a sudden. He alone, I changed the other names. There’s really a little bit of me in this character, a specific experience. Experience helps creativity. Writing is often the result of a lot of observation and listening.
– With Corsica as a backdrop?
– The village is not mentioned in the book, it is located in Venacais. The beginning took place in Bastia. There are elements that happen on the island, different facts, real and imaginary facts as well.
– The title?
– I took it from a passage in the book. The characters are in the hammock at night. I will tell the character: There were tears in my eyes, tired of living, I who at first had only one ambition, to write and breathe deep into the night. A way for him to enjoy the place and the moment.
– I already have a book on the computer. I need to change it a bit. Writing takes a lot of work. It will be released at Editions La Trace, which has renewed their trust in me. Very promising to have such support.
– And the music?
– I also have a musical project, in fact, a CD with musicians. We started and recorded it during remote incarceration. The music is still there. In 2014 I composed the album isadora, a repertoire of original compositions in Spanish, Portuguese and Corsican, is a colorful and poetic journey. Then I joined the children’s records: Piccule Piccule Story **** by Paula Bussi who received the Musanostra Prize from the town of Bastia in 2018. I composed the sound illustration there, then in 2019 Les Wolf Stories *****. Alain Surget wrote the lyrics and I did the music. Illustrations by Chloé Fruy. René Barthes is the narrator of this disc book.