Alfred J. Garrotto

Biography

I was born in Santa Monica, California, USA, and currently live and write in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am the author of thirteen books, including seven novels and two children's books. My most recent work of fiction is There's More . . . : A Novella of Life and Afterlife.

Smashwords Interview

In one paragraph, summarize your book: There’s More . . . : a Novella of Life and Afterlife
Relief pitcher Jack Thorne stares at his catcher’s target. His single focus is to get this batter out. If he does, a coveted World Series ring will be his. But, will this pitch be his last? The Universe might have a different plan for this Catholic priest-turned-ballplayer. There’s More is a creative imagining of the ultimate human mysteries—death and Afterlife. This story invites readers to expand their existing concepts and consider broader cosmic possibilities in answer to the universal question, “What’s next?”
What was the inspiration behind writing this book?
There are two sources of inspiration for There’s More . . .
First, I am a passionate baseball fan and student of the game. I’ve always wanted to write a baseball story. This particular tale was inspired by a friend I knew well, who gave up a career in baseball to become a Catholic priest. His name was John Thom. At the age of 32, he was murdered “in the line of duty.” My main character, Jack Thorne, is a lot like my priest-friend.
My second source of inspiration came from the catalyst character in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Bishop Charles Francois Myriel. For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a novel based on him. Jack Thorne and Bishop Myriel first met, when I began writing There’s More. They immediately liked each other, and the story took off from there.
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Books

The Soul of Art
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,030. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
"The Soul of Art" invites professional and aspiring artists, writers, composers, singers, actors, dancers, musicians (of all instruments and genres), playwrights, potters, quilters, et al., to reflect on the intimate relationship between their gifts and talents and the Creator-Spirit, who inspires them and uses their creations to speak hope, love, and compassion to our needy world.
There's More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,890. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Inspirational
Relief pitcher Jack Thorne stares at his catcher’s target. His single focus is to get this batter out. If he does, a coveted World Series ring will be his. But the Universe has a different plan for this Catholic priest-turned-ballplayer.
My Very Own Star
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Dominic looks into the night sky and sees a twinkling star. "I wish I could touch that star," he tells his Mommy. But she says, "I know, but you are just too little." Or is he? (Ages 2-4)
1 White Horse
Price: Free! Words: 560. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Dominic's parents take him to visit a farm. In a far field, he sees a great white horse and wishes he could ride it. But he's just too little. Or is he? (Ages 2-4)
A Love Forbidden
Price: Free! Words: 91,930. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
"It's definitely him." Leah's anxiety and anticipation ratcheted up another notch. Gone was some of the shine of his earlier youth. Narrow streaks of silver had edged their way into the thick black waves flowing back from his temples. The eyes were the same Caribbean blue she had once found so irresistible. But had he come as friend or foe?
The Wisdom of Les Miserables: Lessons From the Heart of Jean Valjean
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,370. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
What can a 21st century seeker learn about life, love and spirituality from a 19th century French novel? Plenty. Alfred J. Garrotto offers Victor Hugo’s flawed protagonist as a model for anyone in search of practical wisdom for everyday living.
The Saint of Florenville: A Love Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,650. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
During a tour of enchanted Bruges, Belgium, Sr. Marie-Thérèse (Tesse) and her friend, Fr. Tom Jensen, are kidnapped and held captive. Only she survives. 20 years later, Tesse grants a female reporter an exclusive interview. During a series of layered disclosures, Tesse shares the details of their captivity and Tom's death. But mystery continues to shroud this tale of faith, loss and love.
Down a Narrow Alley
Series: The Natalia Chronicles, II. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,420. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
International model Natalia Edgerly and her husband Arlo have relocated from the U.S. to Lima, Peru. She now works at the same orphanage from which she was adopted as an infant. Although childless, Natalia experiences a maternal awakening when ten-year-old Marisol Lagos, is abandoned at the orphanage gate.
Circles of Stone
Series: The Natalia Chronicles, I. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,010. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Circles of Stone is a riveting story of love, passion, and personal quest . . . an honest portrayal of a young woman's search for herself and the truth about her birth and adoption.

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