Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA INTELLIGENCER, TIMES PUBLISHING, and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.
To learn more about him and his books, please check out his blog: ALWAYS WRITING
What's the story behind your latest book?
A catastrophic moment in a friend’s life. My friend was told he had pancreatic cancer and just two weeks to live. My wife and I made the decision to hospice him.
It was an incredibly powerful experience watching as his life slipped away and how he dealt with it psychologically. When the day finally came that he passed on, I was there to pull the sheet over his head. I’ve never been the same since.
This painful experience inspired my novel “Drop Out,” which examines the meaning of life. My agent at the time was not happy because “Drop Out” was a change in genre. I normally write thrillers and sci-fi.
I couldn’t just let it sit in a drawer so I decided to publish it through Smashwords. Since then I've sold thousands of copies and get letters from readers all over the world telling me how the book has affected their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My agent did not want me publishing in multiple genres even though I write in them.