Interview with Ambrose Vendetto Bruno

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write something that was not in any way a page-turner nor followed the path of the tightly-wound plots of modern literature. What I sought was to create a novel which spoke of many things, perhaps too many things, yet in spite of this, held a story beneath this verbosity, like a treasure hidden under the waves. So, hopefully those who are looking for an easy read will find this book, W.M.D., too difficult and turn away. That will be fine, For this current book, I would like to have only a small band of fans. More than ten may be too many, but that seems like a fine number.
When did you first start writing?
It was in Malta. I was in jail. 16 years old, if I recall. Don't ask my the details, they're inconsequential, but for that a fellow inmate asked me for a way to pass the time. And so we began trading stories. They came slow at first, for conjuring up characters on the fly was not something that came naturally then (nor now). Soon, one of the night guards found my tales, in particular, worth sharing. He handed me some paper and from time to time I would jot them down. His favorite was the tale of a rather rogue character who would romance other men's wives and then take their honor along with their money. One of the stories had this character doing so to a jailer's wife. The guard was quite entertained until some days later when I explained that the jailer was him, the rogue was I, and it was a true story. I cannot say which went worse from that point, his marriage or my stay, but it became a popular story around the village and inspired me to take a second look at this writing profession.
What are you working on next?
There is this and that. Actually, I have a slew of work (let's say, five projects) that, like most authors, I have yet to really lay down in ink. But the next one that looks ready to ripen in my literary garden is along the science fiction route. Has to do with DNA and the manner that society doesn't have a beginning and an end, but perhaps is a circle, in which the end is indistinguishable from the beginning.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Tolstoy, Crichton, Paulo Coelho, Joseph Heller, Douglas Adams, David McCullough, Sun Tzu, whoever writes the tags in fortune cookies.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that one day I will not be able to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If it is night, I will sit and ponder through a telescope, wondering whether there is a fellow on the receiving side near one of those stars looking right back at me. If it is day time, I am very fond of hiking. Sometimes I'll sit in one of the old churches and place myself in the midst of something that, as an entity, as witnessed and participated in 2000 years of human history. I must admit I'm jealous of what it has seen.
Published 2013-12-10.
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Books by This Author

The Weapon of My Delusion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 259,810. Language: American English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
San Fran Book Review: 5/5 stars Online Book 3/4 stars - "Handled with casual brilliance." Ambrose Vendetto Bruno takes a page from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Catch-22,” and Kurt Vonnegut to create something absolutely original. The epic novel leaps into a visionary take of the simple tune, “Hey Joe.” creating a satirical crime drama in which a violent gunman seeks redemption.