How did you start your writing career?
My career began on a whim. Since I became a police officer, I always wanted to write about my experiences. When you deal with situations that are so challenging and real, I wanted to turn these stories into a novel. One day, I was sitting with my laptop and opened Microsoft Word. About a year later the story was complete. The writing went by so fast. I was entrenched in the story although the plot continued to change.
Tell us about a favorite character from the book.
My favorite character In a Small Town, is the main character, Detective Matthew Longo. He has to step up very early on in his career and make quick decisions without knowing if he's right. Police work is difficult at times but Matthew continues to shine throughout but gets involved with something that changes him. It makes him cold and distant.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I have three young sons at home. Two of them are in school half days. Since I retired from the police department, I am home all the time with them. My wife does her best to free some time for my writing but it is extremely difficult. My boys want to play. Any chance they get to pounce on me, they take it. The have these Nerf guns and they are really good at sneaking up on you. As a writer, I try to filter out noise and distraction. I usually know when its coming but sometimes my youngest will hide under the bed for an hour. You can’t even hear him breathe. I won’t know he is there until the first shot strikes my ear and lands in my coffee.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
As a parent, there have been many times I have been scared to death. But the time that stands out the most in my mind is when my youngest, Dylan had to have surgery. Dylan was born with Craniosynostosis which is when sutures in the skull prematurely fuse becoming bone. The only cure for this condition is surgery to alleviate pressure from the brain being squeezed. If left untouched, the condition could hinder development for the child besides having a very weird head. After meeting with the best doctors on the planet at Montefiore Children’s Hospital in the Bronx, NY we decided on a having the surgery. So at the age of four months, Dylan had his surgery which consisted of the entire back portion of his skull being removed and replaced by a plastic surgeon. The first night was complete hell! But the next day he got better, and better, and within in a week he was back to his adorable little self. He is now four and is doing amazing. He is your typical four year old, who is obsessed with the song “Gangham Style” and does the dance better than Psy!
Who are your books published with?
I published with Infinity Publishing. The process has been amazing to say the least. They are very attentive to an author’s needs and have an incredible support staff.
What are your favorite TV shows?
My wife and I are obsessed with “The Walking Dead.” We miss it dearly and can’t wait for October for the next season. We also love “Parenthood.” But our new favorite is “The Following” with Kevin Bacon. This show is awesome. Plus, they film in Westchester County, New York, where we live. The best part about the show is they filmed inside my police station for episode four. Seeing Kevin Bacon walking down the hallway I used a million times was surreal. The only thing better would have been if I was still there.
The shotgun blast catches Detective Matthew Longo by surprise. His world unravels into a nightmare that seemingly won't end. Murder, rapes, pedophiles, the small town of Hutchville, N.Y. is changing. It is up to him to make a difference. While partner Donny Mello is in Italy attending a funeral for a family member who is connected, to say the least, a beautiful F.B.I. agent waits to question him about his family business. Can Matt keep from answering the Agents questions? More importantly, can he hide a potentially career-ending secret from his community, his brother, and most especially Agent Cynthia Shyler?
Published by: Infinity Publishing
Publication Date: 9/21/2012
Number of Pages: 176
** This is the first book in a series. There is a cliffhanger ending **
This book contains: Excessive strong language, Graphic violence, and Explicit sexual scenes
The author is a retired and highly decorated police detective who worked for an affluent community within the State of New York. He has worked with numerous police agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels on various investigative assignments. He currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.