Tell us a bit about your family?
I come from an average-sized family, but when we all lived in the same house, it seemed like a very BIG family. I have both of my parents and 3 younger sisters, the youngest of which is 16 years younger than me. I am now married, and have since moved out of the ‘zoo’, and my wife and I are expecting our first child very soon. My 2 oldest sisters are married as well, and I already have a niece and nephew, and we are expecting another one very soon!
What makes you happiest?
Being able to do nothing more than to sit around and hang out with family and friends.
Why do you write?
I write because it helps get my energy out. My mind seems to always be flowing with ideas that spark, and I find it fun to put those ideas in writing in some way.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I used to enjoy writing more than writing, but over the years, that creativity seemed to switch from images into words.
What writing are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the first book I wrote and published: A Diary of Hope: The Story of an American Prisoner of War. It is about my grandfather, Frank Carollo’s time as a prisoner of war in Stalag 17B during World War II. It allowed me to experience my late grandfather in a way that I never could have, otherwise, and revealed to me his experiences during a dark time in this country’s history. This book was originally self-published through Lulu.com, but is now published through a UK publisher called Tommies Guides. Here are some links if you’re interested:
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author of all time is Dr. Seuss, but in terms of ‘adult’ books, I’ve always been partial to adventure writer Clive Cussler.
What book genre do you adore?
I absolutely love action-adventure! To me, there is nothing that can suck you in more, and make you want to experience (or sometimes dread what the characters are experiencing) more than a good adventure.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in the same house where my mother was raised, that my grandparents bought in the 1950’s, in Spotswood New Jersey. In recent years, my wife and I moved 10 minutes down the road to Manalapan, New Jersey, where we currently live. Small town life. What more can be said!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
For this particular book, my energy-filled fiver year old dog was ALL the
inspiration I needed! Otherwise, my inspiration comes from the world around me.
It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, something will always come along to spark an idea or two in my head.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes, my family and friends are VERY supportive. They are always there to tell me that I did a good job, even when the world at large may not think that way. They are good people when it comes to stuff like that, especially my parents.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Yes, I plan to publish MANY more books, as The Big Book of Harry is the first book in a series of children’s books that I hope to write for many years to come! Other than those books, well, we’ll see what ends up inspiring me!
What else do you do to make money, other than write?
I would love to do nothing more than to sit at home and write full-time. Unfortunately, reality dictates that I have to make money through other means at the moment. I currently work at Rutgers, That State University in New Jersey.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Hmm. Interesting question. I’ve always loved the Pacific Northwest, so I’d have to go with Oregon, but I’ve also been partial to Australia.
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Genre - Children
Rating – G
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