Interview with Marty Sturino

What do you read for pleasure?
A mixture of different genres and styles, depending on what I'm in the mood for and how much time I have to devote to them. I particularly enjoy the Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon, as well as the Inspector Hercule Poirot novels by Agatha Christi. Novels by Henry James are also high on my list, and the old Russian Masters like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky keep me coming back again and again.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Samsung tablet, and I'm very happy with it. I do much of my reading at the end of the day in dim light, and the Samsung does an excellent job of allowing me to read without eye strain.
Describe your desk
My desk is clean. I keep things organized in files and folders on my PC with back ups, which I have had to rely on more than once. I like to think about writing and life for that matter as a project that I manage with an indented list, so a folder arrangement works best for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the American Mid-west, between Milwaukee and Chicago. I never write about it, so I guess it influenced me by focusing my attention on Europe. As I contrasted my life experiences with those I had growing up, I found the world a very fascinating place that I wanted to explore and experience.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in airport lounges and restaurants while on layovers to make the time pass. It started with long letters to my children, then descriptions of the restaurants, or places I had visited, then progressed to fictional accounts of the people I had observed. At some point I realized that there were stories rattling around in my head that wanted to come out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a work in progress. It is a romance that describes the thoughts and feelings of a business man who is enamored with a female colleague. He is crazy about her, but not sure about her feelings for him and is fearful of overstepping his bounds.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Several years in the Corporate environment taught me the benefits and disadvantages of teams, and the difficulties encountered when individuals with power get involved. I've had my fill of that life thanks, and I'm more than happy to succeed or fail on my own.
What is your writing process?
I've used a variation on the snowflake method for two books now, and believe that it instills discipline that is very important to have. Start with an idea, make it into a short paragraph, then an elevator summary. Sketch out characters, then make them grow and learn. Each should have a story and a real personality! Map out the strings that hold the story together and how the characters are affected by key events. Indented lists that describe scenes are critical, to keep the flow going and reducing re-writes...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I'm too old to remember that far back. As a kid I read Science fiction by Walter Heinlein. He did a great job of keeping me involved and turning pages. Later, I enjoyed the work of Kahil Gibron. His observations about life stuck with me. I also was impressed with Walter Mitty, the short story by James Thurber. I often say that I'm a "Walter Mitty" kind of guy.
Published 2013-10-05.
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Books by This Author

A Romance in Bellagio
By Marty Sturino
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,640. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
They shared a meal during a chance meeting in the Admirals Club before departing for separate European destinations. She is the one woman that lights his flame, but he had long ago acquiesced to the fact that she was out of his league. When she shows up in Bellagio, he suspects that she may be competing for his dream job, but decides to chance it and pursue her. Or, is she pulling the strings?
The Autogrill Murder
By Marty Sturino
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,140. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Extortion and money-laundering lead to murder. A poignant detective murder mystery set in Calabria. The story follows Joe Ricchio, his girlfriend Lucia and Carmen and Antonio, two young police officers assigned to the case by their new boss Gilberto Gianni, the anti-mafia police Commissario.
Letters from Calabria
By Marty Sturino
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,420. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Not at all the traditional tourist guide, Letters from Calabria is a compilation of twenty stories, essays, and accounts of life in Calabria along the Ionian shore. Light hearted, poignant and full of humor and wisdom, but honest to the bone, Letters from Calabria will entertain as well as inform.