This week I've got Antonello Fiore, author of Killer Rumors, sitting down for an interview. Let's see what he has to say.
1. Please tell us about yourself.
Well first off, I have been married since last May to my beautiful wife, Sandy. She is my everything.
I am currently a Nurse’s Aide, working in a Home Care Agency. I graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Theological Studies and a minor in Religion. I also completed the Canadian Certificate Youth Ministry Studies held at the Archdiocese of Montreal.
I am very active with my Church. I have been teaching the Faith First Catechism Program for over ten years, played guitar and sang with the choir, and have played the part as Jesus for their annual Good Friday play.
I am a huge sports fan. My favorite sport to play and watch is soccer. The leagues which I follow include the Italian league (Serie A) and Major League Soccer (MLS). My favorite teams are Juventus and the Montreal Impact, respectively. Other sports that I enjoy watching include wrestling and hockey.
Rock music has always been a major passion of mine. That is why I have been playing the guitar for many years. A combination of my passion for music and my love for Church was the reason why I decided to join the choir. You would always see me attending a concert whenever one of my favorite rock bands would roll into town.
2. What's the name of your newest or latest book and what's it about?
My latest novel is called Killer Rumors. Here is a synopsis of my novel:
Father D’Angelo and Bakeman, two devoted priests were brutally murdered while going on one of their nightly walks. Detective Frank Rinelli is called to the case- not only due to his close friendship with the priests, but with his expertise of tracking psychotic killers. Rinelli suddenly discovers these murders were based on a scandal that occurred several years ago at the same Church where the two murdered priests preached. And it doesn’t stop there. The list of people being murdered in connection with the scandal continues to grow until the killer has his ultimate vengeance- and the truth released.
Join Detective Rinelli on the fearful streets of Philadelphia as he chases a madman who has nothing to lose and everything to gain- destroying the face of the Catholic Church. Rinelli discovers a hidden secret while confronting the killer that is way beyond betrayal and begins to question his faith. Could this betrayal be the killer’s momentum of not only killing Rinelli, but to complete his master plan which will affect the lives of every citizen?
3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?
Killer Rumors is part of the Frank Rinelli series. I currently have ideas for the next two sequels. The second book will be available next year. Recent news will always be updated on my sites.
4. How long have you been writing?
I began writing about four years ago. I have written a number of articles for The Catholic Times, Montreal’s Catholic newspaper. My articles included interviews with priests and recaps of religious events that occurred in the city.
5. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?
My inspiration behind my novel belongs to my favorite author, James Patterson. For over ten years, I have been reading all his novels. What I admire most about James Patterson’s novels is that he always keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat from the first to the very last page. In addition, his short chapters make his novels a fast and easy read to follow and enjoy. I find that shorter-length chapters are easier to read compared to longer chapters. The reason to this is that you would want to read more and possibly to the end since you are already on the drive of reading.
6. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?
My advice to new or aspiring writers is that a writer is someone who writes. That being said, I encourage them to write at all times. Writing should be a flowing and dedicated practice. Just like in any other profession, practice makes perfect.
Always carry a pen and paper with you at all times. You might get a great idea for your story during the day and you don’t want to forget about your ideas. In addition, I recommend new writers to write a sub-plot on a small card so that they can see the flow and organization to their story.
7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?
Since my novel, Killer Rumors, is a mystery and thriller novel, I have no doubt that readers of that genre will enjoy my novel. I could easily picture my novel next to great mystery authors such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Dean Koontz.
In addition, I believe readers of Dan Brown will also enjoy my novel. Killer Rumors. My novel has a combination of Christian / Church references along with a heavy dose of thriller and suspense. If you are a fan of mystery and thriller novels, then I have no doubt that you will enjoy Killer Rumors.
8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?
I am actually both a planner and outliner. Thanks to the latest technology of the Internet and search engine tools, finding research based on my novel does not take too much time. If there is something that I need to help support my plot, I simply do a Google search and get what I need.
In addition, I am always prepared with all the resources I need before writing a story. For example, since Killer Rumors takes place in Philadelphia, I purchased a city-guide booklet of Philadelphia. In the booklet includes a street map and major attractions of the city. That is exactly what I need so that I can make my story much more realistic.
As previously mentioned, I encouraged new and inspiring writers to write sub-plots on small cards so that their storyline can flow in order and be more organized. As a result, I take my own advice. Writing sub-plots and numbering them so we remember the order of the story truly helps. It is a form of an outline that will be easily placed as a story. Once the important sub-plots are included, we just need to “fill in the blanks.”
9. Are you a "write every day of the week" sort of writer or do you take days off?
I always write everyday. I have so much passion and fun when writing that it is a part of me. Most of my writing would take place at night. That way, the entire day is behind me, leaving me with a clear mind when working on my novel.
I used my laptop when working on my novel. I always carry it with me when on the road. Whenever, I had free time such as my lunch breaks, I would write a number of chapters. My laptop is not the only tool I use when working on my novel. I always have my notebook and pen right beside me. Just like my laptop, my notebook and pen are always with me. Therefore, when I think of an idea for my book, I jot it down immediately so it won’t be forgotten.
10. What are your thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?
I get disappointed when I hear writers paying for reviews. I view it simply as cheating. The review is not honest. It is no secret that authors would love to get great reviews. But an honest review will always be more beneficial. An honest review will analyze both your positive and negative spots. That way, writers will challenge themselves to do better in the future.
11. Where can readers find your work?
Readers can find my novel, both hardcover and ebook through my distributor, Lulu.
12. Where can readers find out more about you?
Antonello Fiore is a current Nurse's Aide, working in a Home Care Agency. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor's Degree majoring in Theological Studies and a minor in Religion. He also completed the Canadian Certificate Youth Ministry Studies held at the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Antonello is very active with his Church. He has been teaching the Faith First Catechism Program for over ten years, played guitar and sang with the Choir, and has played the part as Jesus for their annual Good Friday play.
Lastly, Antonello has been a writer for Montreal's Catholic newspaper, The Catholic Times, writing various articles relating to the city's Catholic faith.
Antonello will begin writing on his second novel, The Right Reason, right after the Christmas holidays.