Name of the book:
Romance Is Dead
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I’m a New York City resident and I’m single. I work full time as a MIS supervisor for a Manhattan based firm. My debut novel, Romance is Dead, was released in February, 2011. It recently was named a Suspense Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. My next novel, Everyone’s a Suspect is in production and should be released in early July. I expect to have the third book in the Napoli series out in the Fall.
How would you describe your story/book?
It’s a suspense novel about a serial killer and a NYPD detective. The twist is they are best friends and their friendship is a major part of the story. It’s not just a book filled with murder; there is also a personal element between the main characters. By the way, I have included some romance in it despite the title.
What will readers like about your book?
I think they will enjoy the characters and the plot. People who have read it have told me it was a quick, easy read. I don’t believe in using fancy words or long explanations to get my point across. People will read the book and find it moves along at a brisk pace. I think readers will also like the setting. I use a lot of New York flavor in Romance is Dead and people familiar with the different neighborhoods said they related to it.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I’m not sure if anything in particular inspired me. I just thought it was an interesting premise and people would like it.
When did you start writing?
20 years ago.
When did you realize that you were a serious writer?
When I finished my first novel and got an agent to represent it. Unfortunately, he was never able to sell it to a publisher. After many years I decided to self-publish.
When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
I had been writing song lyrics for several years. One day I wrote a chapter for a book, but stopped because I didn’t think I could write an entire novel. Two years later I read What Color is Your Parachute and looked at the chapter I had written. I continued from it and finished the novel about a year later.
What is your writing process?
Some people might think it’s crazy. I write notes as an outline on post-its, then write each chapter in a notebook. When I’m done writing the entire book in long hand, I type it on the computer and edit it several times. It takes a while, but I do wind up with a finished project.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
Usually a year, but lately it has been a little faster, about 8 or 9 months.
Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?
I believe the Kindle and all E-readers have opened up the book market tremendously. Writers don’t have to rely on traditional publishers anymore to see their books in print. It’s also great for readers because they provide more books to choose from at affordable prices. I bought a Kindle in September and use it every day. E-readers continue to grow and will probably replace paper books one day. I have mixed feelings about that because holding a book in your hands is different from holding a Kindle. However, the Kindle and other E-readers can hold thousands of books which save space and trees as well.
What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?
I would tell them to believe in themselves and never give up. Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. There will be obstacles and low points along the way, but if you persevere your book will be published. Try traditional publishers first, and if nothing happens within your set timeframe, publish on your own. Also, expect to make mistakes, but as long as you learn from them you will become a better writer.