Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my youth in an Italian-Irish neighborhood in The Bronx New York. My first paying job came along when I was twelve working at a haberdashery learning to 'box' fedoras and shining the local wise guys shoes. I spent my early teen years in and out of trouble with the law. With my probation officer's assistance, I was able to enlist in the US Navy when I turned eighteen. Shortly after my honorable discharge, I joined a police department in Westchester County, New York.
When did you first start writing?
In my early teens. It was the way I escaped into another world.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After the original conspiracy is foiled in the late 40's, the story moves ahead to a small town during the 1970's. Corruption and murder within the town's police department is uncovered by an arrogant, rebel street cop who's life, and anyone close to him is placed in jeopardy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After many rejections by literary agents, I thought I would give this a try.
What are you working on next?
A sequel. .
Who are your favorite authors?
King, Cussler, Patterson for starters.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Carving walking sticks. Cooking. I love to cook. . .
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was titled "I was Born." When I was around fourteen, my mother found it in the top shelf in my bedroom closet and was extremely hurt. I destroyed it soon afterward.
How do you approach cover design?
There is a tramp steamer in my book. When my wife and I were visiting family in New Zealand the ship on the cover was sitting in Wellington harbor.
Describe your desk
At the moment, it's the dining room table. . .
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's like going to the movies in my mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I only have a handful. I appreciate them, naturally.
What is your writing process?
Actually, I'm not sure I have one. If I think it, I head for the laptop. Unless something distracts me. I'm ADHD!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hemingway's "Old man and the sea." I thought the old guy had a lot of determination.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Most all Dirk Pit novels. I like adventure suspense stuff.
What do you read for pleasure?
My own work.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just starting out. Can't answer this yet,
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