Interview with Dan Petrosini, One of the Authors of Dead Silent
19 Jan 2021
What can you tell us about your new release, Dead Silent?
The Barrow Case included in this eighteen book collection, is a prequel to the Luca Series. It’s about the case that shaped Frank Luca as a homicide detective. A young girl was brutally murdered and as the investigation unfolded, a consensus of who the killer was formed. The problem for Luca was he didn’t think there was enough evidence. Before it was solved, there was another death and another devastated family.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve been writing & making up stories since I was ten. At that time, there wasn’t a person, besides my mom who encouraged me in anything I did. I started reading some of the Hardy Boys books and others about guys with cars and girls and was hooked.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
The Count of Monte Christo, A Day in the Life of Ivan Desinovich, Grapes of Wrath, Lolita & Gulag Archipelago.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
This is a tough one. Rather than pick a raconteur like Hemingway, I’ll go with a biographer like Walter Isaacson. Writing about someone who lived long ago and bringing it to life in an entertaining way is a skill all writers need. It would also be interesting to learn about their approach to research.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Having the spark for a story and making it real. It’s not easy, as I am not an outliner but I enjoy going where the characters take me.
What is a typical day like for you?
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t write. Most days, I sit in front of my lap top and try not to get too distracted by social media and get the words down. Some days they come easier than others where they must be forced. I’m not a fast writer. It takes me four – five hours to get my 1000 words written.
What scene from Dead Silent was your favorite to write?
Interviewing the father of the victim when he’s caught lying.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Here are two – The Price of Discipline is Always Less Than the Cost of Regret. & Live like it’s your last day but learn like you’re going to live forever.
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