Interview with Vince Iuliano

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading about writing. I like to watch older movies, and listen along to the commentary track, especially if its a favorite writer like William Goldman. You can pick up a lot of great tips on increasing dramatic intensity or comedy for instance just listening to Jerry Lewis commentary on any of his great comedies. The commentary track of Roger Ebert on Citizen Kane is a master class in directing film.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually look for something interesting. As I have eclectic taste, that could be anything from a treatise to light fluff. I can be my worst critic, but I'm pretty sharp with writing hacks as well.
What is your writing process?
I write constantly. I write in bed in the dark, while I'm driving, in the movies. It really doesn't matter. You think I'm engaged at tonight's dinner party? Sorry. Looking at you but really writing.
Thurber used to scribble on dinner napkins at parties. I totally understand.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Big fan of anything Saroyan's. His short story collection The Daring Young Man... probably changed my life. Nine Stories (Salinger) too, is a far superior work (imo) than Catcher ever was.. When you hear something that just knocks the wind out of you - like a Beatles song, or a Dylan lyric -- those are the things that you strive to reach.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gatsby, Daring Young Man, Hurray for Me, War and Peace, do screenplays count? I've read Butch Cassidy over 100 times.
Describe your desk
Studied confusion.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Horror stories at the hands of legit (so-called) publishers. I'm not setting the world on fire in the indie world but then i'm not being lied to either. It's good to be in control again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love the Indie feel of Smashwords and the real concern that Mark shows in our success. Not a huge Smashword author but its not to have more total artistic control and to be master of my own ship.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To leave something of lasting impact in this world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The rent!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a little chapbook of dopey stories and colored the cover myself, and then stapled the whole thing together so that it resembled a book (Kind of what i do here!)
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything, anything. Love the classics. There's nothing like settling down with Dicken's (anything by Dicken's) on Christmas Eve. The beach calls for Connelly or Grisham or.. There's a lot of new talent out there.
And of course Stephen King is always interesting.
Published 2014-09-27.
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Books by This Author

An Unfortunate Death
Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
a small drink of water, really. an accidental death in the suburbs. Harry Whipple is having a bad late afternoon as he strings the holiday lights.
Frozen Town
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Literary collections » Letters
This town has more than its share of ghosts to conjure.
Why Johnny Can't Reason
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
America's Education System is broken. The new expose by Don Gumball and Vince Iuliano!
Amazing Customer Service! : Lessons from a Lifetime in the Trenches (Crushing It )
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
Lessons from a Lifetime in the Trenches Because Your Business Deserves Better!
TRIPLE THREAT: 3 of my best! !
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Klepto's, nudists, petty theft and prisons from the inside out, this is a rainy day morsel to be savored. Hopefully you'll find some of it laugh out loud funny, or at least true to its dictum that Crime Does Not Pay......unless you do it right!
Scab Wilson and the Wondrous Mr. Bobbo!
Series: Scab Wilson!, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Scab Wilson and his steady girl Julie happen upon a mystery! The old weathered house on the outskirts of town appears to have a most unusual boarder. With a little digging, Scab discovers the home owner is none other than a wild magician who used to entertain the town until tragedy struck, and he vowed never to perform another magic trick! Of course Scab has a little trick up his own sleeve!
Political Hash
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
As President Trump strives to make America great again -- accomplishing more in his first 5 months than his predecessor was able to destroy in the previous 8 years -- he faces several enemies. The Democrats, the MSM, and many of the feckless GOP (not to mention countless leakers and sabotage agents intent on bringing his Presidency down).
Grandpa Used to Tell Me...
Price: $1.65 USD. Words: 1,990. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Grandpa Used to Tell Me About His Childhood Brief exploration to encourage young children to listen to the wonderful, magical stories of their grandparents. An old man tells about his magical childhood during the Great Depression, as well as meeting the boy's grandmother. Now featuring a free chocolate chip cookie! Plus a Bonus Story "Grandma's Toadstool Pie!"
20 Examples That You're Living Under a Soft Tyranny, by Don Gumball : edited
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Government, Essay » Political
Government is Run Amok!! Government is charged with keeping your country safe from harm and secure from foreign invaders. But what about internal invaders? Remember Abe Lincoln's prophetic words that if ever America should fall it would have to be an inside job? (Special Election 2016 additions)
Calling All Ghosts! by Don Gumball (edited by Vince Iuliano)
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Essay » Sociology
Ghosting hunting. It takes time, patience, and a butt of steel. But the excitement of exploring the greatest of all mysteries - death - will have you too sitting in ancient graveyards after dark.
The Obama Years (Fundamental Transformation and Other Disasters)
Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 11,990. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Government
Includes Previously Released and Specially Written New Material about the (disastrous) State of the State. Also includes D.C. Circus, A Child's Primer to Understanding Government (for adults), The Democrat Playbook and extra surprises!
Searching for Elvis : Looking Through America's Heartland for an Icon
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Essay » Sociology
A true-life trek through little towns in America, looking for a rock star. Not just any rock star of course -- we're on the trail of THE most famous rock star of them all! Had Elvis faked his own death? This is a true story. Approx. 24 pages.
30 Days to Your First Poetry Chapbook
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
For better or verse, you've always written poetry. Or dabbled in it. No one ever took you seriously. But one day (you thought), you could be the next Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou. Well, you can. And it all starts with your very first chapbook.
Sonny Roman's Big Fall
Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
In the Fortini family, anyone can be an enemy. It pays to keep business close to the vest. Loose lips can definitely be your un-doing. Grab a cannoli and settle back with the wildest, meanest mob since the Corleone's ran New York.."Sonny Roman's Big Fall" is one to read with the lights on, with both eyes open and a loaded piece at your side..
Scab Wilson and the Theater of Doom!
Series: Scab Wilson!, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Movies are stranger than real life! Please join Spliff, Julie, Scab and the whole gang for another whacky adventure!
The Science of Popcorn
Price: $1.77 USD. Words: 13,710. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Essay » Literature
A trip down to your local cinema palace with a slightly demented film afficionado. The perfect rainy day read.
What Price Liberty?
Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Democracy, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
With every temporary politician with a ‘pen and a phone’ your liberties are shrinking. Don’t believe it? Read on!
Obama Told a Lie: The State of Our Nation - From Bad to Verse
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Obama fiddles while the country burns. Poems to salve open wounds.
Scab Wilson and the Amazing New Bicycle
Series: Scab Wilson!, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Scab Wilson has a dilemma: the new girl (Julie Fentonbruter, if you must know!) in town goes everywhere on her new bicycle and Scab (named for certain misadventures with his last bicycle) is currently WALKING. He needs to get some wheels, and fast! (Before his rival in life, Biff Ballaroo, tries to steal her away!) Please join the series that critics have called "heartwarming" - now at a new low
48 Poems for Young Kids + 2.
Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Classics
Bedtime Poems for the Young At Heart A collection of thoughtful, special, silly, sensitive poems to be read at bedtime. Entertaining for both young children and adults.
Last Will and Testicle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Did you ever steal for the thrill of stealing? Follow an ordinary man (husband, father) who finds himself looking for the sort of vicarious thrill that only prancing through his neighbor's kitchen naked can bring! In the style of Donald E. Westlake, this comic caper is a nice vicarious thrill to the dark side of suburbia. .
Nasty Halloween Poems for Creepy Little Kids
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween
Boo! Poems and creepy fun things to read for the little ghoul in your house! Special back to ghoul special! Just 1 stinky dollar!!!! Happy Halloween! And thank you!
The Worst Paperboy in the World
Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Essay » Author profile
In the 1970's for a young boy delivering the New York Daily News to the suburbs, it was the best of times (and the worst of times). Good customers he soon learned, had to be trained and cultivated, like a good garden. Subscribers may have been dropping like flies, but the ones who remained were the very best.
Boy With a Bell (One Act), and Six Poems
You set the price! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Boy with a bell tries to warn a couple about the dangers ahead, or does he? Minimalist farce, one act. Royalty free.
Carter Wingtipper Flies to Mars!
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Carter Wingtipper is the first in a series of Wingtipper books...Books that involve aeronautics, rocket flight , other planets, and kids doing really neat things in outer space!
Quotations From Chairman Oba-mao
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Government, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house
The Little Red Book for a New Generation of Socialists! The Democrats! ... Quotations for every occasion. The apology tour, the lies about Obamacare. Even some choice Michelle blunders! Fun at parties! The answer to every leftie argument!
Blackbird Drawn Against a Charcoal Sky White Snow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Poems in the Key of Life These are experimental poems (they don't always rhyme) of true events. Perhaps they'll re-kindle a few bittersweet memories of your own, and inspire you to set them down on paper. I hope they do. Each 'chapter' represents a major event in my life. How I choose to remember the event, the word choices that remain; well, it's done with a flick of the wrist.
Cuban Pete:
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture, Essay » Sociology
In the 1970's, when we were all young, I got a job in a little paint store on Long Island. Under the tutelage of Cuban Pete, I learned a great deal about women and house paint. Some of the lessons were painful. He was an odd duck - in his sixties, eternally horny. It was hard to know where the lies ended, and the truth began.