Welcome Giacomo. I am so happy that you have returned to visit my blog again with another new book. Thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions while you're here. Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
This is a tough question. There are so many great characters. I think I’d have to say it’s a toss up between Edmond Dantes, from The Count of Monte Cristo, and Mara of the Acoma, from a SciFi/Fantasy series Janny Wurts did—the Empire Trilogy.
Mara was a young woman prepared to enter the priesthood when a tragedy called her home for family duties. Janny Wurts created one of the deepest characters I’ve seen in books. An excellent series.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why.
This is an easy one. Italy. We’ve been to Rome, Sorrento, Naples, Capri…but there are so many parts we haven’t seen. As to why, besides the obvious connection of me being Italian, it is everything else—the food, the sights, the people, the history. I’m a huge fan of ancient history which makes walking down almost any street in Italy a joy to behold. And the artwork…and buildings… I should have been born there.
Tell us about your next release.
The next release should be in March. It is called Murder Has Consequences, and it is the sequel to my first novel, Murder Takes Time. After that, probably in May, I’ll release the first book in a new series.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I almost always write at night, and it is usually fairly late, after my wife goes to bed. I don’t write every day. Depending on what I have to do, it might be a few weeks between writing sessions.
What are you passionate about these days?
My family—kids, grandkids, siblings, nephews/nieces, all of them. And our animals. My wife and I have an animal sanctuary with 46 animals, so they are now our babies. It is a lot of work to take care of that many animals, and it’s even more money, but we find they’re worth it.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
Obviously, I’m not fond of bad reviews, but I normally reach out and thank the person who left the review. I know that not everyone is going to like my book; that goes without saying, and I am appreciative of the readers who take the time to leave a review. I just wish more people would do it, and try to leave a constructive review. The reviews that bother me are the ones that simply leave a bad rating without any words. It helps no one. Not the reader or the author. A well-written review, whether positive or negative, should provide guidance for both potential readers and for the author.
Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?
There are several, but if I had to pick one, it would be when Uncle Dominic tells Connie “La famiglia è tutto,” or “family is everything.”
It is a theme which permeates the book and is one of the main sources of conflict. Most of my books are about relationships between people; they are not just murder mysteries.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, I love to hear from readers, and it doesn’t matter whether it is a suggestion on what I should have done, or telling me about a mistake, or saying, “hey, I enjoyed the book.” It can even be “I didn’t like this book as much as the last one, and here’s why.”
I view every letter and every review as a learning experience.
Published by: Inferno Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 421
Note: Excessive Strong Language & Graphic Violence
Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.
Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.
Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.
Giacomo Giammatteo lives in Texas, where he and his wife run an animal sanctuary and take care of 41 loving rescues. By day, he works as a headhunter in the medical device industry, and at night, he writes.
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