Paul Petillo


The first books I wrote were nonfiction titles concerning financial topics such as retirement planning, investing and budgeting. The first four books were published by McGraw-Hill (2004-2008). In 2011, I updated my first book and released it as an eBook: "ReBuilding Wealth in a Paycheck-to-Paycheck World". These works were based on the information found at (founded in1999). Most of my online writing now consists of copywriting and SEO friendly content blogging for a variety of businesses.

I published my first novel "Scourge of Princes: Came of Age Too Soon" in July of 2014. it was the first book of a trilogy following the unusual journey of a man with a slightly skewed moral compass. Book two was published in December of 2014: "Scourge of Princes: Invisible Cities". Book three, "Scourge of Princes: The Nickel" is scheduled for release in 2015.

I am married with four grown children and live in Portland, Oregon.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I hesitate to call my early morning hours of writing as inspiring. I have followed a strict regime for over fifteen years now, in part, because I believe as Poe did, that writing is methodical and analytical, not spontaneous. I rise at 4am everyday, drink coffee and perform visual mind games while I drink my coffee. At five I begin writing and do so for two hours. That is how I conduct my fictional writing.

I have published a number of nonfiction books based on finance and investing. I also write content for a wide variety of websites and do SEO friendly blog posting for a number of business. While this work demands creativity, it also requires I employ a different voice for each product. This work is done mid-afternoon.

I never physically write at any other time but I will admit to writing in my head at every available moment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm writing fiction, I rarely read books. I focus instead on periodicals and newspapers. Because of my writing schedule, very few people, my wife included, have ever seen me write. My time after five is spent with her exclusively.
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Where to find Paul Petillo online

Where to buy in print


Scourge of Princes: Came of Age Too Soon - Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,770. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Santo Aretino, like so many kids, was a blank slate. But then one day, he saw something he should not have seen, doing something he should not have been doing. As a result of that experience, the murder of a stranger in the parking lot of a local bowling alley, his life compass was reset and the story follows the years after that event.
Scourge of Princes: Invisible Cities
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,470. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
As book two opens, Nick Heath, a reporter for a free weekly newspaper has traveled to the east coast in pursuit of some background information about the most recent winner of the Hilton Humanitarian Award. Thirty years have passed since Santo Aretino made a hasty exit from his hometown. Nick revisits many of the people Santo had influenced and found a man dynamically split into fans and foes, frie
ReBuilding Wealth in a Paycheck-to-Paycheck World
You set the price! Words: 89,280. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance
ReBuilding Wealth in a Paycheck-to-Paycheck is the 2015, updated version of Paul Petillo's successful guide to understanding your money, achieving financial success and doing it with the tools you have. The book covers debt, investing, insurance and estate planning.

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