Dan Petrosini, mystery author and wine afficionado, was featured last month in the Mystery Ahead newsletter. His latest is THE SERENITY MURDER–just the name gives me the shivers. If you like police procedurals as much as I do, here’s a replay of our chat.
1 Carmen Amato: Dan, thanks so much for stopping by. Your police procedural series features Detective Frank Luca, (AM I THE KILLER, VANISHED, THE SERENITY MURDER) with action that travels between Florida and New Jersey. You describe them as “noir-heavy” detective stories. Tell us about the type of crime featured in the series.
Dan Petrosini: It’s great to be here. Luca, a homicide detective, pursues killers. Usually, he investigates one puzzling murder per story. However, Book 4, which is to be released in a couple of weeks, revolves around a serial killing.
2 CA: Luca has had a troubled life. How does that impact the plotlines of your books?
Dan Petrosini: Like all of us, Luca has personal issues; sickness, divorce, self-doubt, etc. At times they impact how he approaches a case and other times it’s a sub-plot. I’m a fan of realistic fiction. There are no super heroes or special powers in the real world and Luca lives in the real world.
3 CA: How did your writing style develop and what books and/or authors inspire you?
Dan Petrosini: When I began writing novels my writing at times was too dense. I have worked hard at creating quick paced stories with realistic dialogue and the feedback is positive. I’ve accomplished that.
4 CA: You can invite any author, living or dead, to dinner at your home. What are you serving and what will the conversation be about?
Dan Petrosini: Whoa, just one? This is tough. Can’t we have a dinner party? My pick would surprise most people – Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His portrayals and recounting of harsh Soviet means to silence dissent resonated with me. Not one for goulash, we’d chat over fish and pasta washed it down with a river of wine.
5 CA: What is your best protip? Tell us about a writing habit, technique, or philosophy that keeps your writing sharp.
Dan Petrosini: I believe the most important component to writing successfully, is to do it regularly. I write each and every day. My word count has grown and it has become easier. Not easy, but easier.
I realize many cannot find the time each day, which is fine. Find a time, one hour a week, one day a week, etc and stick to it. You will be surprised at how being disciplined will improve your craft and the words will pile up.
(Additionally, read like a mad man!)
More about Dan: Born in NYC, Dan Petrosini lives in SW Florida. Married with two adult daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan has written eight novels. Passionate about motivating others to pursue their dreams and creative sides, he plays saxophone in several bands and drinks too much wine.
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Mystery and thriller author. Retired Central Intelligence Agency intel officer. Dog mom to Hazel and Dutch. Recovering Italian handbag addict.