Question: What is the title and genre of your novel? Why did you select them?
Answer: OUT OF TIME A Nick Donahue Adventure is a mystery/suspense novel and is the sequel to NICK OF TIME. From the very beginning, I wanted to write a story featuring a male as the main protagonist. Like most writers, I wanted there to be something unique about this character; something that would make him stand out in the crowded mystery/suspense genre.
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: As I thought about who the character would be, I had the idea of creating an interesting and exciting professional gambler who becomes involved in solving crimes that are somehow related to his profession. I recalled being in a casino in
and watching all the well-dressed
men and women playing high-stakes Blackjack, and knew that was the game for
Nick. As a Blackjack player, he needs to get into the heads his opponents to
stay ahead of the game and win. It’s the same for solving a crime. Venice, Italy
The first book actually started with a short story in which Nick Donahue meets a mysterious woman, Marina DiPietro, who is being pursued by an International gang of jewel thieves. The story evolved into the novella, NICK OF TIME. By the end of the book, Nick discovers
is working for MI6 and they are
living and working together. Marina
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?
Answer: Nick is a character I really enjoy writing, Suave, sophisticated and smart, as a professional gambler, he’s also a risk taker—it’s what makes him a successful gambler, and he understands the odds are not always in his favor. He tends to figure things out in the long run and wants to be part of helping
solve the cases she now works on
as a private investigator. As you’ll see in OUT OF TIME, this can lead to
perilous situations in which he needs all the cunning, skill and subterfuge he
possesses as a gambler to win. Marina
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?
Answer: My first series includes the three-volume Laurel and Helen New York Mysteries featuring magazine editor Laurel Imperiole and private detective, Helen McCorkendale, in KEEPING SECRETS, TELLING LIES and THE HARD WAY. I’ve also written several short stories and am a three-time finalist & winner of the Derringer for Best Short Story.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: I’m working on an Urban Thriller Murder On The Rocks series. The first book is BAR NONE, with Lower East Side Corner Lounge bar owner, Jude Dillane who investigates murder and fraud at the Big City Food Bank. The next two books in the series, LAST CALL and STRAIGHT UP will be published next year.
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: I was an advertising copywriter for many years and finally decided to try writing a novel, which I’d been thinking about doing for some time. Of course, I chose to write a mystery, the genre I loved to read since I was a child. If I couldn’t be a detective, at least I could write about one. So far, it’s been a great experience and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: Be totally committed. Talent aside, writing and finishing a book is an enormous amount of work. But that’s just the beginning. Most of us spend months, if not years, searching for an agent, then an editor and a publisher who will to take a chance on you. It can be a very long process and not always financially rewarding. So, I’d say look deep inside and make sure you want to do this.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?
Answer: OUT OF TIME, is available in paperback and eBook editions on Amazon. Here are the links:
I hope you will enjoy reading OUT OF TIME.
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