Interview Thursday: Dan Petrosini

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My parents guided me onto the planet in NYC, almost 6 decades ago and now spend most of my time in So. West Florida. I am married with two adult daughters and a very needy Maltese. Passionate about making sure people go for the dreams and improve their self esteem and confidence levels I try to cajole and nurture people along. I have taught at a number of colleges and enjoy educating and mentoring.
Jazz music is another source of expression for me and I play the tenor sax in a number of different bands.
Presently writing this from Napa Valley, which provides the exclamation point to my love of wine, which I freely admit I over do!

 

What would you say is your more iconic novel and why?
Most authors think the book they just finished or in midst of writing is their best. The Final Enemy explores larger themes, so that may fit the bill, but iconic is a weighty phrase that scares me.

 

Which writers inspire you?
Victor Hugo, Alexander Solzhenitszn & Hemingway

 

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I have not but think it might be fun.

When did you decide to become a writer?
Having always written, it was more of a need to ‘formalize’ things.

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?
For past three years it has been essentially full time

 

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Originally, I had a rough story arc and would let the story and characters take me. However, then I was left with 100K words that had to pared down and crafted into a coherent story, which was zero fun and a ton of work. I started using outlines three books ago and though not easy, it is the better way to go for me these days.

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Outside of begging?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I know most people counsel not to pay attention but boy is is hard not to be depressed when someone trashes your book.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon author page
or my web site www.danpetrosini.com

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