In today's guest author interview we welcome Antonello Fiore, you can read what he has to say below:
What first inspired you to start writing?
My inspiration behind my novel belongs to my favorite author, James Patterson. For over ten years, I have been reading all his novels. What I admire most about James Patterson’s novels is that he always keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat from the first to the very last page. In addition, his short chapters makes his novels a fast and easy read to follow and enjoy. I find that shorter-length chapters are easier to read compared to longer chapters. The reason to this is that you would want to read more and possibly to the end since you are already on the drive of reading.
What attracted you to the thriller genre?
My favorite genres to read and write are mystery and crime. A murder taking place and the police on the pursuit of tracking the perpetrator is truly what I love to read. That is why James Patterson is my favorite author since he masters this genre with passion and excitement. Another genre I love to read is inspirational books. A story which includes overcoming any obstacle is worth reading and reminding us that nothing is impossible. My favorite author in this genre is Mitch Albom. He teaches us that life is the most beautiful and precious gift one can have. After reading one of his novels, I can guarantee that you will look at life at a new perspective.
Do you find you have to do a lot of research before writing?
Thanks to the latest technology of the Internet and search engine tools, finding research based on my novel does not take too much time. If there is something that I need to help support my plot, I simply do a Google search and get what I need.
In addition, I am always prepared with all the resources I need before writing a story. For example, since Killer Rumors takes place in Philadelphia, I purchased a city-guide booklet of Philadelphia. In the booklet includes a street map and major attractions of the city. That is exactly what I need so that I can make my story much more realistic.
What's the worst feedback you have received?
The toughest criticism that I have received since releasing my novel was that my chapters are on the short side. Everyone has their own opinions of what should be the length of a chapter. As previously mentioned, since I am a huge fan and admire the writing skills of James Patterson, I decided to write the same length of chapters as he. Since it works for James Patterson, the concept of short chapters cannot be broken.
And the best?
The biggest compliments that I have received was that I have a gripping storyline with rich and authentic characters. In addition, cinematic descriptions and character dialogues are constantly present in my novel, Killer Rumors. I tend to put lots of emphasis on the settings and interactions between characters during my story so it could become clear and easy to picture for readers as if watching the story from a movie.
How do you go about writing a novel?
I used my laptop when working on my novel. I always carry it with me when on the road. Whenever, I had free time such as my lunch breaks, I would write a number of chapters. As well, most of my writings would take place at night. That way, the entire day is behind me, having a clear mind when working on my novel.
My laptop is not the only tool I use when working on my novel. I always have my notebook and pen right beside me. Just like my laptop, my notebook and pen are always with me. Therefore, when I think of an idea for my book, I jot it down immediately so it won’t be forgotten.
Prior of writing my novel, I took twenty small pieces of paper and wrote important scenes that flow into my story. I then filled in the pieces which help support each important scene. Once that was completed, I suddenly realized just how easy my story was flowing from the first to the very last page.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
My favorite part of being an author is the free will of writing what my imagination desires. I was having so much fun beginning to write my novel during the first few chapters that I was portraying myself as a reader and choosing how the direction of the story should go. When writing my story, I would always ask myself if others would enjoy reading my story. As a result, I always challenged myself of becoming more effective and devoted to my work.
And the least?
The least favorite part of being an author is the time-consuming of editing. I tend to identify myself as a perfectionist. As a result, I always made it as a routine of checking my work constantly, making sure there were no errors. Simply, I wanted my book to be professional as a best-times seller. Even though the editing and modification of my story took a good amount of time, I realized all that effort will be worth the satisfaction when seeing my book completed with all the passion that I put my heart into.
What are you working on next?
Another genre that I will explore during my writing career is inspiration. Since having a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies and Religion and being actively involved at church, I constantly hear and witness inspirational stories. These stories could move any human being’s heart. I want people to know that miracles can and actually do occur. Prayer is a powerful tool which can do magnificent things when your heart is completely filled with love. I look forward writing books in this category as it would not only challenge myself, but to spread joy among others. My first inspiration book, The Right Reason, will be released in 2013. More information will always be updated on my website and blogs.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more?
Father D’Angelo and Bakeman, two devoted priests were brutally murdered while going on one of their nightly walks. Detective Frank Rinelli is called to the case- not only due to his close friendship with the priests, but with his expertise of tracking psychotic killers. Rinelli suddenly discovers these murders were based on a scandal that occurred several years ago at the same Church where the two murdered priests preached. And it doesn’t stop there. The list of people being murdered in connection with the scandal continues to grow until the killer has his ultimate vengeance- and the truth released.
Join Detective Rinelli on the fearful streets of Philadelphia as he chases a madman who has nothing to lose and everything to gain- destroying the face of the Catholic Church. Rinelli discovers a hidden secret while confronting the killer that is way beyond betrayal and begins to question his faith. Could this betrayal be the killer’s momentum of not only killing Rinelli, but to complete his master plan which will affect the lives of every citizen?
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Read sample chapters, comment, and rate Killer Rumors: http://authonomy.com/books/47240/killer-rumors/
Review and recommend Killer Rumors on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16043793-killer-rumors
Thanks to Antonello for sharing his thoughts with us, on Friday Blair McDowell joins us in the hot seat.