Interview with Michael Di Leo

When did you first start writing?
I've always dabbled in writing. I wrote and published a book in 2002 -- "The Spy Who Thrilled Us: A Guide to the Best of Cinematic James Bond." (I'm a Bond geek). Why has it taken so long for a follow up? Well the answer is marriage, kids, work, etc. It is very tough to actually plow through and find time to write. But I kept at it and the result is "Images of Broken Light."
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've long been a Beatles and John Lennon fan. I remember vividly when he was murdered and what a shock it was to everyone. As a New Yorker, I (and a lot of other New Yorkers) felt so close to this event, because it happened in our back yard and because John Lennon himself had become a New Yorker. I wanted to write something that captured this moment in history
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had originally conceived of this story as a screenplay (and wrote it as such). But it is virtually impossible for an unknown writer to get a screenplay read by anyone in Hollywood. So I decided (with nudging from my wife) to turn it into a novel. We have a couple of friends who have had great success as indie authors and they helped guide me through the process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I'm new to Smashwords. So hopefully the success is coming!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing a blank page -- and then seeing it filled with words. The joy comes from knowing you created something that wasn't there before
What do your fans mean to you?
Hoping Smashwords helps me in building a fan base!
What are you working on next?
Working on a new novel, loosely based on my college experience in the 1980s. It's going to be a reflection on friendship and how time and distance strains those bonds.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tough one. Ian Fleming, Tom Wolfe, Joseph Heller, Michael Connelly, Phillip Meyer, Jonathan Franzen...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work! I have a family to support!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the office or with my wife and kids. If there is time left after that, I write!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
word of mouth, Facebook, Amazon...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a screenplay soon after college that was loosely based on those experiences
What is your writing process?
I wish I had a set routine, but my work schedule gets in the way of that. But when I come up with a story, I like to have a pretty good story outline in place before I start
Published 2018-02-08.
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Books by This Author

Images of Broken Light
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
On a cool night in December of 1980, four shots ring out on the Upper West Side of Manhattan—and for millions of people around the world, and three New Yorkers in particular, nothing will ever be the same again.