I’m so pleased to have Vincent Annuziato on the blog today as our featured author.
In my twenties I pursued screen writing as a career, but never quite made it. I met my beautiful wife during this period and we decided to have a family. I had no choice, but to be responsible and put their needs ahead of mine. We now have three very happy children and a basset hound. The bug to write never quite left me, so at the ripe old age of 48, I produced my first novel, “Status The Game. ” I wrote it just to prove that I could. Status garnered excellent reviews and did very well in contests. These small successes made me think maybe I had a shot at something more.
I wrote my second novel at the age of 49, called 33 Degrees. I submitted the manuscript to Kindle Scout where I competed against other authors for a contract. 33 Degrees was selected as a Kindle Scout Winner and in doing so I achieved my 25+ year dream to become a published author! Besides writing, I love bassett hounds, fishing, soccer and powerlifting.
Tell us about your latest release?
Serafina is based on the character from Sariah Wilson’s, “Royal Date.” When I wrote Serafina I had images of “Alice In Wonderland” and “Wizard of Oz.” I wanted her in two worlds. The palace of Monterra carries its own special magic, but I needed something special for the spry young princess. So, I built an open garden room in the middle of the palace that contained her childhood imagination. The room always acted as an escape and if you could imagine the pressures of royalty the open air room could be used as a perfect escape.
I hope readers will enjoy getting to know Serafina more intimately. She is a bit brash and needs refinement. I think this first story really sets that premise in motion.
As a note, the book is specifically designed for readers of all ages. Ladies, I hope will enjoy, reliving the moment of young, innocent love. And hopefully children will enjoy the fantasy of it all.
I joked with Sariah when I completed the book that we should be ready to sign over the movie rights to Disney.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Undoubtedly a pantser. Part of the reason I also write across genres. Some people may find it interesting to hear that I write the first act without any plotting. Then I write the ending. Then I outline the middle to track plots, sub-plots, themes, character arcs, etc…. And then I write the rest.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
Marketing. I work full time for the government and I am not the best social guy in the world. I think the ladies have it all over me in that department. They are very natural. For me as an example…. Invite me to a party and I want to hide behind a curtain until its over. Now if you trap me and make me talk one on one. I am all for it. Speaking in front of large groups. No problem. But I am not a very good “in between” guy and therefore trip through social media. Blah! J
How about the most fun?
I love the initial write the most when it is raw. I call it the “honeymoon period” and absolutely love it. Character development is special to me and my characters really do come to life for me.
What inspired you to write your first book?
If you read my author bio, you’ll see that I started out wanting to become a screenwriter/director in Hollywood. I had to give up my dreams to do the responsible thing and I wouldn’t trade any of it for all the success in the world, because I have a wonderful family who I cherish with all my heart. That being said, I have never been able to stop writing. I would find myself writing on pieces of paper and throwing them away, but always thinking about writing. Eventually, I couldn’t fight it anymore.
Now here’s the catch. I had to commute two hours each way to work and it was killing me. I bought a Kindle Fire from Amazon. Loaded up a couple of apps and just started writing. If you read “33 Degrees” you will find a theme centered around trains. This was an embellished from my experiences on riding them.
I also wrote most of “Status The Game” while riding the train which wound up becoming my first self-published book.
*Side note: 33 Degrees won a contract with Kindle Scout and that’s how I met Sariah.
Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)
No. No rituals. I write when time allows me and make sure to not neglect my family. Everything I do has to fit in around them.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love exercising. My father holds the world record in the deadlift. He is age seventy and truly inspiring. We, my dad, myself and my family workout with him on Saturdays. I also love to read and walk with my wife.
What do you think makes a good story?
There are several distinct things: Conflict. Character Arcs. Believeability.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
President, cowboy, police officer, soccer player…. Shall I keep going? lol
What projects are you working on at the present?
I am soon to release another short story called i-human. It’s an interesting piece where I challenge the reader to figure out who is human.
And as a tease…. I firmly believe I am working on my NY Times Best Seller right now. My writing has matured and this concept is definitely a beautiful topic. It’s working title is called Snow Angels right now. A sweet love story, readers should stay in touch if they want to hear more as it develops.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I am going to write my first comedy soon. It’s been building inside of me for a while. I am also going to publish my second book in the Status series and I am considering my second in the Degrees series.
THIS OR THAT
- Breakfast or no breakfast? Breakfast
- Eggs or pancakes? Both
- Pork Bacon or Turkey Bacon? Turkey
- Scrambled or Over Easy Eggs? Scrambled
- White or Wheat Bread? Gluten Free – lol
- Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad? POTATO
- Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes? Mashed
- Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburgers
- Cookie Dough or Cookies from Scratch? Scratch
- Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie? Pumpkin
- Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? Ice Cream
- Taco Bell or McDonalds? McDonalds
- Carrabba’s or Olive Garden? Carrabas
- Sweet or Sour? Sweet
- Sushi or Smoked Fish? Smoked
- Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Fingers? Fingers
- French Fries or Salad? Fries
- Pringles or Lays? Lays
- Salt and Vinegar or Sour Cream and Onion? Sour Cream and Onion
- Coke or Pepsi? Coke
- Surge Soda or Mellow Yellow? Can’t handle the caffeine on these. Sorry! lol
- Black Coffee or Cream and Sugar? Cream and sugar
- Gatorade or Powerade? Powerade