Foto: Debra Malfi
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I was writing stories since I was a little kid, and the habit just stuck. By the time I was ready to graduate college, I had about a half dozen novel manuscripts hidden in boxes tucked under my bed. I figured I’d give it a shot and see if I could get the best one published. Back then, they had these bulky Writer’s Market books which detailed info on pretty much every publisher in existence. I queried a handful of publishers from that book and one ultimately bought my first novel.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
It was difficult to find a good publisher. The publisher of my first book wasn’t very good, but it was a lesson learned. However, the book attracted the attention of other independent publishers, and I wound up selling my second novel to a great publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press. Overall, yes, it is a difficult process and you’ve got to have tough skin. Back then, I guess I was naive enough to think it was inevitable that I would sell my book and become a writer.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Music in words.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I’ve no desire to read a bad book, and since there are many out there, I guess my answer would emcompass all of them.
What’s your favorite book?
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. Favorite line? I’m partial to the closing line: Isn’t it pretty to think so?
EBooks or paper print?
What inspires you?
What doesn’t? Inspiration is pretty much everywhere.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Boy, that’s tough. The books I read, you probably wouldn’t want to meet any of those characters.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Something bad happening to my children.
The best decision of your life was?
Start a family.
I can’t wait to read your next book.re you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
My novella, Mr. Cables, is scheduled for release in September, I believe. Its a creepy little Twilight Zone-type story, and I think people are going to dig it.