Tina Concetta Marzocca was born and raised in the New York City area. She lived many years in Chicago and holds dual citizenship with both The United States of America and the European Union Republic of Italy. Although her last position was as a paralegal for a franchise consulting firm in Chicago, she worked extensively in page design and research marketing for most of her working career. She is now retired and lives in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France with her partner, Ian Mitchell. The Merchant’s Daughter is her first novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story I ever read, because I've been reading ever since I learned how. I DO remember the first book that had a real impact on me, though. That was "A Night to Remember" (Water Lord). It was an account of the sinking of the Titanic. I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 when I read it. I remember a lot of sleepless nights worrying about how it must have felt being trapped on that sinking ship and lots of thoughts about death and dying. Another book I read around the same age, with the same effect, was "The Diary of Anne Frank."
What do you read for pleasure?
Depends on my mood at the time. I love historical fiction, sweeping sagas, horror/thriller, fantasy, magical reality, and quirky novels like Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone."
A dramatic, action-packed fictional account of the final hours of a Roman merchant and his wife caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time in the great city of Pompeii. A bonus five-chapter preview of the sequel, and soon to be released novel, “The Merchant’s Daughter,” is included.