Gina Fava


Gina Fava is a Buffalo, New York native and lives with her family in New England. The Sculptor, her second novel, is the first in her Mara Silvestri mystery series. She is also the author of The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller. A University at Buffalo graduate, she also holds a law degree, and has studied art history and counter-terrorism in Rome. She's the author of award-winning short stories, and is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America. Stricken with wanderlust, she travels far and wide to research new characters and new places to murder them. Visit and connect via Facebook and Twitter.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read suspense thrillers. My action/adventure favorites right now are Preston & Child, Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly, and Lee Child, and I strive to emulate that style of high-action thriller in my novel, The Race. The suspense thriller icons currently on my bedside table are Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Thomas Harris, and Daniel Silva, and my novel The Sculptor is akin to their style of mystery stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In one way or another, personal experiences always infiltrate the pages of whatever I'm writing, but never more so than in my latest suspense thriller, The Sculptor. Graduate student, Mara Silvestri, meets her love interest in much the same way that I met my husband, while studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Also, every riveting scene that plays out in this fast-paced mystery is based almost entirely on real life events. From skiing off a cliff in the Swiss Alps, to being chased down and shot at by the Italian Secret Service in the streets of Rome, to joyriding in a stolen Venetian gondola, to ducking out of an opera in search of a plate of tortellini and romantic conversation--these things really happened! But to what end? It's a mystery...
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The Sculptor
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 97,500. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The serial killer known as the Sculptor is preying on Rome's graduate students. Barely thwarting the Sculptor's attacks in Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and the Swiss Alps, student Mara Silvestri must uncover the family secrets in her past that draw him to her before he claims her as his prized masterpiece. It's a thriller for fans who love Lisa Gardner, Harlan Coben, and Thomas Harris novels.
The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 98,710. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Formula One champion Devlin "Lucky” Lucchesi's life is torn apart in a terror attack. Devlin vows revenge against Ishmael Zaid, a villain from his past, whose "Race" of followers have set a dozen bombs to wipe Rome off the map. When Ishmael abducts Devlin's son and violates the sanctity of the Vatican, Devlin and his covert HELL Ranger crew must race to beat Ishmael at his own game.

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