Interview with Vito Zuppardo, Author of Escape to New Orleans
25 Nov 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Escape to New Orleans?
Escape to New Orleans is the fifth book of the True Blue Detective series. This book takes you through the exciting city of Las Vegas and the history-filled city of New Orleans. Readers will feel part of the city as they travel the streets and waterways in this action-packed, intriguing, and heartfelt book to discover more adventures in the True Blue Detective series..
Mario DeLuca has been drugged, unable to respond. Is it really happening or just another of his recurring nightmares, where an unknown man is chasing him? The stress of police work and his personal life are overwhelming.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My first book Tales of Lady Luck was written about my life in the casino business. Inspired by a True Story by the man Behind the most Exclusive High-Stakes Gaming party jets to Casino around the World.
My adventures took me around the world as I made sure the most extravagant high rollers on the planet got everything they wanted: plush suites, private jets, and limousines. Every luxury and amenity you can imagine (including various unmentionables). And, of course, I made them pay dearly for it. Their compulsion was my opportunity, and I fed their addictions like drug dealers.
Taking notes of there habits and turning it into a book pushed me into writing fiction thrillers. I like creating stores and watch them come alive with great characters.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
The Otherside of Midnight / The Wrong Side of Goodbye / Casino / Along Came A Spider / A Time To Kill
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Guest is Michael Connelly. Question: How did he develop Harry Bosch? Is the character based on someone he knows?
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Developing and controlling characters.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m a full time writer and wok from home. I’m in my office by 7am and write until 11am. Have lunch with my wife then head to the gym. Back writing or marking my books from 2pm until 5pm. I review my writing of the day and plan my next day from 10pm until 11pm and start all over the next day.
What scene in Escape to New Orleans was your favorite to write?
There are several. Top of the list has to be the way Fernando is killed. As a sex trafficker I wanted his death to be dramatic not brutal but something the reader could cheer after reading and say “yes he deserved to die”
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
From a writer’s point of view. “Just write” If you have to force yourself to write every day, then writing might not be your passion. Even when I had a 9-5 job I wrote every day. You have to love what you’re doing in any job. If you can’t welcome the next day with a smile maybe it’s best to find a new job.
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