1. How did you come up with the title?
It just seemed the natural title for the piece. A woman who experiences loss on a constant basis. Big loses. And also a woman who is not exactly stable or innocent. The lack of "permanence" in her life is always prevalent.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All human beings have two sides to them...A good one and an evil one. Some of us can't help but act on the evil tendencies.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
Much of it happened to my first wife and I when we went to Italy on our honeymoon in '89. Part of the plot is based upon a New York psychiatrist who carried on a long affair with one of his clients giving a whole new meaning to "time on the couch."
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Never. But at the same time, this isn't a novel for everyone. It has a very literary tone and is more prose poem than novel. It was nominated for a Puschcart Prize on two separate occasions when Orange Coast Magazine and Fugue published the short story from which the novel is derived. It's my first extended length work and I was experimenting at the time.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Starting it, staying with it, finishing it.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I could write a novel successfully.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
The first time I saw a picture of Ernest Hemingway catching a big fish. I thought, if that's what writing is like, I want in.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I like Hemingway and his timelessness and relative simplicity. I'm a huge Robert B. Parker fan and my books The Innocent and Godchild are certainly heavily influenced by his style. More recent works like the Dick Moonlight series (Moonlight Rises, Blue Moonlight, etc.), are totally influenced by Charlie Huston who is a contemporary noir author and a great one.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I will be at BEA in New York, care of Thomas & Mercer, on June 4-6. Please come to the Javits Center and grab some signed ARCs of The Innocent, Godchild, Moonlight Rises and others. In early July I will be back in NYC for Thrillerfest where I'll be a part of a panel. In the Fall I head back to Europe for a while to write and research.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and please drop a line once in a while. Go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM
Publisher: Bear Media; 2 edition
Publication Date: May 4, 2012
Number of Pages: 143
Purchase Link: Amazon
Based upon Vincent Zandri's most anthologized Pushcart Prize-nominated short story of the same title, Permanence, is the "Hitchcockian" story of Mary Kismet, a travel agent and grieving mother of a toddler who suffered an apparent accidental drowning. Now, all alone in the world, she attempts to ease the pain of her suffering by immersing herself, body and soul, into a love affair with her psychiatrist, a man haunted by his own demons. A tragic novel of obsession, dark compulsions, and madness, Permanence transports the ill-fated lovers from New York to Venice, Italy, and back again.
Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon Kindle author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL and the forthcoming MOONLIGHT RISES. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Books editions of his novels, and is rapidly closing in on the 200K mark all totaled. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.
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