Married with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan splits his time between South West Florida and New York City where he was born. Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels and plays the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands. He also drinks way too much wine.
This interview was posted in the December 1st edition of Firesmith’s Speculative Fiction Newsletter.
- Don Firesmith: What motivates you to write?Dan Petrosini: It’s funny, I don’t need motivation, I just have to get the stories running around in my head out!
- Don: How can people find out more about you and your books? What is your official author website? What are your social media author webpages? Dan:
- Don: How many books do you usually read each month and what are their genres?Dan: I read 8-10 books a month generally mysteries and crime.
- Don: What are your hobbies?Dan: I play the saxophone in a number of jazz oriented bands.
- Don: What are the genre(s) of the books you write and why?Dan: I have written seven complete novels and am also done with number eight. Most have been in the mystery or crime genre, but The Final Enemy is sci-fi and has done very well.
- Don: What is the title of your next book and what will it be about?Dan: Vanished. It is the second in the Luca Mystery series. It will be released in December 2017. The third is nearing completion.
- Don: When do you write? Do you have a set time or amount of time that you write each day?Dan: Not a set time but I try to mentally schedule my day providing time to write. I focus on word count to measure progress and keep me going.
- Don: Do you listen to music while you write? Why or why not?Dan: I play the saxophone and love music as much as books. Having experimented a bit, I find I am more productive listening to jazz music.
- Don: Do you use one or more professional editors, and if so, what types?Dan: I use an editor because it is essential to producing as close to a perfect book as possible. This includes developmental critiques and suggestions to improve the plot and sub plots. As authors we know more of what is going on in a story than any reader and many times we incorrectly assume the reader knows what we do.
Words of Wisdom
- Don: What advice do you have for beginning authors?Dan: Write every day. Writing is like exercising, if you do it every day you get results and if you DON’T you will experience pangs of guilt.