Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview with Best Selling Author Vincent Zandri

Name of the book:

The Remains

Kindle Price:


Available from:

Amazon Kindle US, Amazon Kindle UK, Smashwords, Nook

Authors Website:


Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 Internationally bestselling author of The Innocent (formerly As Catch Can), The Guilty (formerly Godchild), The Remains, Moonlight Falls, Concrete Pearl and the forthcoming
Moonlight Rises. A foreign correspondent and adventurer, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.

Tell me about your book?

Thirty years ago, teenager Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister Molly were abducted by a man who lived in a house in the woods behind their upstate New York farm. They were held inside that house for three horrifying hours, until making their daring escape.

Vowing to keep their terrifying experience a secret in order to protect their mother and father, the girls tried to put the past behind them. And when their attacker was hunted down by police and sent to prison, they believed he was as good as dead.

Now, it’s 30 years later, and with Molly having passed away from cancer, Rebecca, a painter and art teacher, is left alone to bear the burden of a secret that has only gotten heavier and more painful with each passing year.

But when Rebecca begins receiving some strange anonymous text messages, she begins to realize that the monster who attacked her all those years ago is not dead after all. He’s back, and this time, he wants to do more than just haunt her. He wants her dead.

What will readers like about your book?

I’ve always been fascinated with identical twins and how they can sometimes read one another’s minds. The Remains takes that concept even further by suggesting twins can communicate even after one of them has died.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I love contemporary art, and have always thought it interesting that everyone sees something different in any given painting. What would happen if someone starting reading messages in a series of paintings that no one else sees with the naked eye?

When did you start writing?

In grammar school. I had a lot to learn. I’m still learning.

When did you realize that you were a serious writer?

When the Albany Times Union, the newspaper I’d been stringing for all Summer and Fall of 1991, asked me to come on staff to write sports full-time. That’s when I decided instead to enroll in an MFA in writing program, which I eventually did at Vermont College. I graduated in 1997.

When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?

The day I was born. I just didn’t become aware of it until my teens.

Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?

The genre sort of chose me. I like well plotted novels and mystery, suspense, noir, pulp, hard-boiled fiction…all of it requires pile-driving plotting. That appeals to me.

What is your writing process?

I write a first draft, and that’s the general outline, and rework it until its done. It goes through a lot of changes along the way. The entire process can take anywhere from four months to a year.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

About 6 to 10 weeks.

Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?

My publisher StoneHouse Ink/StoneGate Ink rely heavily on E-Book sales, especially Kindle, than any other form. Our books come out in trade paper too but they don’t sell 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?

Make certain a real editor reads it first, as well as any trusted readers who can offer constructive criticism. That first book must be perfect and must be representative of what’s to come. If it’s bad it will haunt you your entire career.

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