Today is awesome. Why? Because not only do I have (*clears throat*) #1 international bestselling author Vincent Zandri here with me today, but I have you here as well! I know we’re all excited, but everyone on their best behavior. Vincent writes a lot of crime drama and I’m pretty sure he knows exactly how to make us all disappear if it becomes, well, convenient. *grin*
Welcome, Vincent. Please ignore the nervous titters zig-zagging the room. They all know I have a thing for stealing bathwater and a slight propensity for stalking — all harmless, of course — and they’re just waiting to see what kind of spectacle I make of myself today. But I digress! LOL. Now, where were we? Ah….
Thank you so much for being here today, and congratulations on the release of LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. Featuring a young Army officer with impossible orders and a damaging fallout, this promises to be an intense—and for some, highly emotional—read. Can you tell readers a bit about the story?
When an approaching middle age veteran of two wars is ordered to bomb a small Tajik village, he ends up killing a little girl in the process and it causes him such severe PTSD that he begins to suffer temporary blindness. While he’s recovering in Frankfort, the army brings over his fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in a year. Together they head to Venice to rekindle their relationship. But it isn’t easy. In the novel version of the story I’m now writing, his fiancée eventually goes missing.
What an incredibly poignant storyline. It must rip at the heart strings, which begs a question. What brought you—an internationally best-selling author of crime fiction—to cross into what readers consider more of a romantic tale?
I’m not sure. Other people tell me it’s “romantic.” I hit the number 1 spot in Romantic Thriller on Amazon with my novel The Remains. Totally unintentional. But it told me I could write a romantic story.
Making the best seller list will certainly inspire confidence. (My brush with it involved two digits to your one, but I was giddy nonetheless! LOL.) You must have made quite an impact with this story, as there are rumblings of a sequel in the works for LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. Any plans, or is this just wishful thinking on the part of readers? :c)
I’m writing a full-length novel based on it. It’s called Precious.
I hear folks taking notes so they won’t miss it. :c) Your success is something of which most authors can only dream. What, for you, was that pivotal moment when you realized you’d made it? Or are you still reaching for that moment?
Still reaching. Always reaching. If I’ve made it, the journey stops.
And with that drive, you’ve got a long, undoubtedly awesome ride ahead. *grin* You may be new to some of our romance enthusiasts around here. If a reader is unfamiliar with your work, which of your books would you suggest he or she read first? Why?
A top ten Amazon ebook, and #1 in ALL of the following categories: hard-boiled mystery, psychological suspense thriller, and mystery. Yes, that one! LOL. Which genre are you drawn to as a reader? Do you prefer to read in the same genre as your WIP or do you mix it up?
I generally mix it up. Non-fiction, biography, fiction. If I’m writing something in a particular genre I sometimes watch movies in the same genre since I think cinematically when I write.
What a great way to get a feel for your work! And on that note, let’s give it a closer look:
A young U.S. Army officer who’s served in Afghanistan finds himself suffering from intermittent bouts of “hysterical” temporary blindness due to impossible and deadly orders he was forced to obey by high command in the field. When he’s reunited with his fiancée in a military hospital in Germany after being separated for more than year, the couple are encouraged by doctors to travel to Venice, Italy together. There, amongst the canals and the cafes, they try to rekindle their love and fight off their personal demons while trying to comprehend the enormity of the heartbreaking role they now must play in love and war.
Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL, MOONLIGHT RISES and SCREAM CATCHER. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, “Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant!” In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Book editions of his novels. In September 2011, he signed a major deal with Thomas and Mercer of Amazon for the publication of his new novel, Murder by Moonlight, and the re-publication of many of his back-list titles, including The Innocent and The Remains. Zandri’s list of publishers also include Delacorte, Dell, StoneHouse Ink and StoneGate Ink. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he lives in New York. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM
Vincent, it’s been an honor to have you here today. I appreciate your time and hope you’ll enjoy a whole lot of success at the top. Special thanks to Belle Consulting for arranging this appearance and, as always, thank you all for joining us. Have a wonderful day, everyone!