Interview with Thomas Fiorini

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Other by Thomas Tryon, The Green Mile by Stephen King, Ghost Story by Peter Straub, The Stand by Stephen King and Carrie by Stephen King are at least among my favorites. It is difficult to narrow down to five. I like these types of books because they take you on a journey into the human psyche. My favorite part of reading a book are getting involved with the characters and discovering what makes them into the character they become.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to experiment with new works and new authors. I have found some very interesting stories by browsing the genres I like most.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the entire story but I was about 8 years old and we had to write a story for class. I wrote about the Canary Islands and how they were ruled by a 500 pound canary. He was hungry one day and sent the knighted canaries to the Sandwich Islands for sandwiches. Remember, I was only 8!
What is your writing process?
I start typing before I really think about where I am planning to take the story. Somehow this works for me and the story comes to me in waves as I continue writing. The basic plot comes to me rather quickly and then I decide on the twists and turns that will take me to the end.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I love writing and reading psychological thrillers I look for something that the reader will connect the story to once they get so far into the book. I want it to be compelling and mysterious at the same time.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Local book signing events have been successful for paperback and social networking works well for ebooks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing was something I always loved and I finally realized my dream of writing a novel last year. At first I was happy with that but finally decided to take it to the next level and get it published. I work full time as well so finding the time to approach publishers with my finished work was not easy. I finally opted to publish myself and I am glad I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find writing to be therapeutic and relaxing. Now, the editing and formatting that go into publishing is an entirely different story!
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to Death Is Fraternal.
How would you describe your writing style?
I think people would compare my writing to Stephen King or John Saul. One thing I try to do is let the characters evolve as the story plays out rather than give the reader a lot of background information in the beginning before the real excitement starts.
Published 2014-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Death Is Fraternal
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,060. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A debut novel by Thomas Fiorini, a psychological thriller that takes the reader on a trip into the darkest corners of the mind of a killer. Experience the clash between fraternal twin brothers as one of them evolves from a young sociopath into a full blown psychopath. They both struggle with their inner demons while they battle for control.