Born in Brooklyn, New York, I now make my home in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. I've written political commentary, feature stories, advertising, video and radio scripts, blogs, and conducted interviews, as well as the occasional short story. Some of this has even been published.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and I think that experience had a great influence on my writing. The area that I grew up in, a largely Italian American neighborhood, was, shall we say, filled with colorful characters. It was the cast of characters from any crime story. I also had an early interest in politics. So to me the gangsters-- and the political figures-- that I write about are very real people, I can hear their dialog, their speech patterns, and see what they look like and see what they do. Intrigue, political or criminal (is there a difference?) are very real to me.
When did you first start writing?
It seems that I've always been writing. I recently came across a file box with some old writing, so old that it was done on a typewriter, if any of you can remember what they were. It was a Smith Corona portable that I used, and I remember buying it when I was about 14 or 15 with the money that I made from delivering dentures to dentists. In the box I found the start of a political novel, and several essays and short stories from over a span of twenty years or more. I know that I started writing stories at least in middle school, though I don't seem to have any of those around. They probably went away with my baseball cards.
Before his inauguration, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is assassinated in Miami. On a train to Washington D.C., Sen. Huey Long devises a plan to take FDR’s place. Turmoil erupts when he claims to be the true heir to FDR, challenging the political establishment. The army is called out as violence spreads. Will the nation survive the chaos, or turn to the fiery populist from Louisiana as a savior?