1. How did you come up with the title?
The title was originally going to be Friendship and Honor, but as I wrote the book, and realized I was going to make a series out of it, I opted to name the series F and H, and give each book a name based on the “rules of murder” listed in the book. “Murder Takes Time” is rule number one. It also reflects the events in the book, with how it took so many years for the relationships these boys had to deteriorate to the point of murder. Murder Has Consequences is book two, due out early next year.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That few things in life are black and white. They aren’t clear cut. Even murder.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
Not the murders. Many of the events shown with the young boys were real. The smoking, stealing of cigarettes, even the roach races. I even have a picture of the original sign we used for the roach races on my website. I didn’t know we had that pic, but a friend of mine from the old neighborhood sent it to me.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I don’t think I would. I’m happy with it.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most difficult part was having to dredge up some of the emotions for a few of the scenes. In order to get a “real” feel to the story, I had to feel it myself, all over again. That was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I have a personal value I set for my writing. If I don’t cry, or laugh, or feel fear for the characters, then how can the readers. So when I read my work, if I don’t feel it, I dig deeper until I do.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It brought back the reality that there are few people you can count on in life, but the ones that you count as friends make life worth it.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always enjoyed writing, but never considered it as an option, until my youngest son was a teenager. He and I were reading fantasy books together, as a means to get him interested in reading. That led to us discussing the books in detail—plots, characters, where the series might lead… Somewhere along the line we decided we could write a fantasy book, so we started off on our adventure. It wasn’t long before he abandoned the project—I think to chase girls—but then I found myself hooked. I played around for a few years, wrote several fantasy books, and put them on the shelf. Years later, I got the itch again and started on mystery/thrillers.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many authors I love, John Sandford being one of them. But if you’re talking “favorite,” it has to be Alexandre Dumas. He was, IMO, one of the best storytellers, and I think storytelling is the crux of all good books.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I am releasing the first book in a new series this week. The series is “Blood Flows South,” and the book is A Bullet For Carlos. This one features a female lead, Connie Gianelli.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I encourage readers to write to the authors and tell them what they think, whether it’s “hey, I loved this book,” or “I thought you could have done this better.” Speaking for myself, I love to hear from readers, and I am always open to suggestions on how to improve things. I list my email everywhere, so readers have access to it without having to track it down. And in case anyone missed it, here it is again: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and one more thing. Please leave reviews for the books you read. It is extremely difficult to get noticed these days, especially if an author doesn’t have big publishing money behind them. Reviews help. A lot!
About the Book
A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.
Frankie has taken two oaths in his life—the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable.
Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years—and risks losing his life.
In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.
Publisher: Inferno Publishing Company
Release date: April 12, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
About the Author
I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.
Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs.
Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer.
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