What is one book everyone should read?The Diary of Anne Frank. Her diary is one of the handful of stories that inspiredThe Generosity of Strangers
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because even in the darkest hour, people can open their hearts
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I would love to do a sequel toThe Generosity of Strangers: When War Comes to Fornelli. People are already asking me if I plan to do a sequel. In the interim, I’m writing a short story that is somewhat autobiographical. It’s still in the formative stages, so I won’t say much more…but it’s a writing project about which I’m very excited.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? I have always been a voracious reader, so that has to be the number one inspiration. The fact that I’ve traveled all over the world and lived 15 years overseas is a close second.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. One always expects a close friend or family member to praise your writing. However, when I receive positive, heartfelt feedback from a perfect stranger…it’s exhilarating, especially if it’s from someone abroad—outside the USA. Good storytelling does cross boundaries.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world. which would it be? James Patterson’sSunday at Tiffany’s– one of the best books/movies I’ve ever seen. I wonder if I could be the ‘imaginary friend.’
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? I don’t think I have a favorite book, per se, but I was an avid fan of the Hardy Boys and read just about all of their books at the time.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Write, write, write! There’s no other way. We all tend to procrastinate or look at a writing project and say “I can never do that…write ‘x’ number of pages, etc. But when you write, and write consistently, new channels open up, and you just might be surprised by the result.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Cinque Terre, Italy – the closest place to Heaven on earth
What is your favorite Quote? “Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.” Abraham Lincoln
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I’ve always had many interests and aspirations…but I think the one thread that weaves through each of them is the notion of leaving a legacy. That’s always been a compelling drive for me…though, honestly, I can’t say I’m any closer to figure out just what my legacy will be.
How did you know you should become an author? Ever since I was a boy, my mother has told me stories about her childhood growing up in Italy during World War II. We had talked about capturing her story for many, many years. One day, after visiting her hometown for the first time, I felt the urge to start writing. One result has beenThe Generosity of Strangers
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? Expand and explore your universe. There are many ways to get to a certain goal. Much depends on how badly you want it and whether you’re willing to persevere.
How do you react to a bad review? So far I haven’t received what I consider a ‘bad review.’ I’ve certainly experienced rejections, especially when I tried the traditional publishing route. Unfortunately, none ever gave me any constructive feedback on how to improve the manuscript, so I basically took them with a grain of salt.
Which authors have influenced you most how? I’ve always enjoyed reading philosophy and such…so I’ve had the opportunity to sit at the feet of some of the greatest thinkers of all time. All have influenced me in some way, shape, or form.
What do you do in your free time? Free time? What’s that? I like to think that if you’re fortunate to enjoy what you’re doing—work, hobbies, etc.—then you really don’t have or need free time…it feels like free time.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. Wake up at 5:00 a.m., write for about an hour; leave for work at 7:00 a.m.; come home and usually exercise before dinner; after dinner, I study Italian, and (time remaining) I’ll do some light reading. I’m usually in bed during the week by 10 or 10:30 p.m.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is…. a travelogue of my 15 years of living overseas. I’ve experienced so much but put very little of it on paper.