I grew up in Queens, New York. I'm a Korean Vet, FDNY Retired and I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 30 books (so far) while garnering 19 awards and a 4 time top 100 Best Selling Author.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Corona, Queens, New York and I include the neighborhood and locality in my books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There's a story behind all of my books. For example The Starlight Club is filled with many true experiences that I used fictionally in the book. Someday I'd like to have a question and answer session where I can explain which parts of the book were true. In that book, just about everyone I wrote about was real. It would be nice to have a deeper discussion about the truths and falsehoods of the book. In Starlight Club 2: I created the character Swifty who was based on a friend o mine that I grew up with. He was a professional prize fighter and I described the two fights he fought to a draw with a real classy fighter by the name of Johnny Torres. In the book I had them fight 3 draws instead of the two they actually fought. During Swifty's induction into the army (which was really my induction) a professional heavyweight boxer I knew from the neighborhood was standing in front of him (me) and when they were about to get a series of shots he turned around and asked Swifty to catch him if he fainted. He said that he didn't want to embarrass himself by passing out in front of the other guys. That actually happened when I was inducted into the army and I almost laughed at him. This big tough heavyweight boxer who wasn't afraid to fight 5 guys in an alley, was afraid of a little needle. I thought it was interesting so I put it in the book.
When king Robert of England falls deathly ill, it's up to Lucky Campo to step in and save the day, for all times sake. The problem is, the 12th century isn't known for its cutting edge medicne so Lucky is faced with the realization that he has no other option but to take Robert back to the 21st century, hoping and praying that the doctors at the COMPOUND can save the ailing monarch.
Published: July 1, 2016.
Fiction » Historical » USA
Elvis had millions of dollars stashed away and he wanted to quit, but how could he do that? How could he escape and live a normal life like everyone else? The answer was simple. What if he faked his death? Was is possible he could he do that… escape? Was faking his death the means to free himself? The many facets of that tantalizing question will leave the reader questioning his past beliefs.