- When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I could read. I’ve been writing in a business setting for over 30 years. I’m frequently called upon to create and edit corporate communications. I have run large teams that were responsible for creating large documents. As for creative writing, I’ve only been published for the past two years or so. My first publication was a short story that was accepted for “Down in the Dirt” magazine. I then completed my first novel in April of 2014 and am about to release my sixth this coming April, 2016.
- What motivates you to write?
It’s therapeutic. I travel a lot and that is a tough thing for me. I’m a homebody and miss my family and suffer from homesickness. Writing fills the time that I can’t sleep, when I’m stuck in airports and on long flights.
- What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
My first three books were detective/crime fiction. My fourth book was a terrorism thriller. I also released a book of short stories that crosses other genres. I prefer to write detective/crime fiction because that is one of my preferred genres to read.
- What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
My goal is to foster a group of readers that enjoy my work in the short term. My long-term goal, after 32 years in corporate America, I would love for the writing, blogging, and publishing to become a retirement type business to keep me busy and supplement my income.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Because my writing time is so limited (I work a 50-60 hour per week job), writer’s block isn’t something I can deal with. I usually have multiple writing projects going so I can hop from project to project if I get stuck on one.
- What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Keep writing. Keep working on improving your writing. Don’t get discouraged. Share your writing with others. I wish I had the courage to share my writing earlier in life. I published my first novel at 51 years old.
- Please, tell us about your work.
I have a three book detective series based on my Frank Rozzani detective character. I also have a terrorism thriller titled, Blood Orange along with a book of short stories called Random Tales.
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
Here are some links:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authordonmassenzio
Frankly Speaking – Frank Rozzani Detective Series – Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJ5F53O?*Version*=1&*entries*=0