Interview with Armando

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 1990 when I returned from a Pilgrimage to a small then Yugoslavian (now Bosnia-Hercegovina) village named Medjugorje where the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to visionaries since June 1981. Because of the wonder I experienced there I was inspired and compelled to write about my miraculous experiences.
What's the story behind your latest book?
“The Hester Street Kids,” “A Story about Immigrant Life In New York Under The Hands of The Sicilian Mafia….” This moving historic Drama/Thriller has finally been released in Hardcover, Softcover and eBook Editions. Set in New York’s Little Italy in the 1950’s, this character-driven drama is mysterious, sensual and driven by a female protagonist. It weaves lies with love, treachery with truth, and explores the ultimate meaning of moral fortitude, honesty, passion, and loyalty.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is exceptionally difficult to secure a literary agent or traditional publishing company today. Just to get them to read your work is a miracle in itself. Frankly I think that the Publishing Industry is having a collective nervous breakdown. Expenses and are high for them which directs there focus on the works of writers who already have some public prominence, i.e. a film celebrity or a cable news pundit. So many wonderful , informative and entertaining stories go by the wayside waiting to gain their interest.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me the opportunity to meld my varied life experiences into entertaining fiction that delivers a message. All of us have something to share .. writing is my vehicle for that.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is enjoyable and edifying to know that my written words have touched the reader in some way. Adding to their scope of their world in some way. Maybe challenging them to look at things from a different frame of reference. Causing them to think adding their own input in to the story....kind of a collaboration between the author and reader, in effect causing the story to grow with greater dimension.
What are you working on next?
I have just completed a religious Fantasy: "Schism, Something Is Amiss In Heaven Again!" Hopefully it will give the reader some insight into the major questions about Go , His existence and our free will. Encased in an entertaining story line with dynamic characters.
Published 2015-06-19.
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Books by This Author

Schism, Something Is Amiss In Heaven Again!
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 58,720. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
“The spirit of a stubborn Civil War era teenager is teamed up in Purgatory with the spirit of an infuriating 1960's stockbroker. Both suspect that God has a mysterious purpose for them. He does.”
Medjugorje, A Pilgrim's Journey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,860. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
This inspirational work is a true story about one man's journey in search of his God. His adventure led him to a remote village in then, Communist Yugoslavia, now Bosnia-Hercovinia. Medjugorje is referred to by many as a "Place of Miracles." Updated Second Edition.
The Hester Street Kids
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 118,800. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
"The feisty daughter of a Little Italy pharmacist learns of her father's secret prominence in the New York Mob. Her discovery unravels lies and treachery that stir her very existence and risk her search for love.”