Thursday, September 29, 2011

Concrete Pearl by Vincent Zandri - Interview: Pump Up Your Book Tour Stop

Ava “Spike” Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that’s almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with “the business dad built” from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling commercial firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.

Problem is, Spike had no choice but to take the job on the cheap or, what’s known in the industry as, “at cost.” To make matters worse, she’s not only hired an asbestos removal contractor who, unbeknownst to her, low-balled his price, but she’s advanced him $10Gs from her own dwindling cash account as a “good faith” incentive to beat the project deadline.

Now, when that same asbestos contractor goes missing and it’s discovered by OSHA officials that he’s cheated on the project exposing more than 300 students to deadly asbestos fibers for months, the ever responsible Spike takes matters into her own callused hands and goes in search of him. What she discovers along the way however, is a path paved with deception, greed, murder, and eventually, her own ultimate demise.


How did you start your writing career?

Covering high school football games as a Stinger for The Albany Times Union
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Dick Moonlight from Moonlight Falls and Moonlight Rises...Because he's so much like me.
His life can be a train wreck but he keeps plowing forward regardless.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I travel a lot, often to Europe. I spent half the summer in Italy recently, and plan to travel back to Asia this year and to Peru to see Machu Picchu. It all depends on how the finances pan out. 

Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Part of my traveling to Florence for a month this year was to research the upcoming Moonlight book, Blue Moonlight.

Tell us about your current release.

Concrete Pearl is about sexy but brassy Spike Harrison. When a guy she hires to remove asbestos on a construction job she's running goes missing along with ten grand of her cash, she goes in search of him and uncovers a plot of murder, greed and deception. She carries a framing hammer as an equalizer instead of a gun.

Tell us about your next release.

I'm currently signing a major deal with Thomas and Mercer of Amazon. They are publishing 5 of my back-list titles including the bestsellers THE REMAINS and THE INNOCENT along with one of my new ones, MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

Who is your favorite author?

I have lots of them. Charlie Huston, Jim Harrison, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Meg Gardiner, to name a few.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I do two 3 hour shifts morning and afternoon five days per week, and a morning shift on Saturdays. That schedule can change a little when I'm travelling

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Knowing when to write THE END.


Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling author of the thrillers THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, MOONLIGHT FALLS, THE REMAINS and CONCRETE PEARL. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, he has was a Stringer for The Albany Times Union Newspaper, and a contributor to New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine, and more. His short fiction has appeared in many of the leading journals and magazines, Orange County Magazine, Buffalo Spree, Negative Capability, The Maryland Review, Rosebud, The Best of Rosebud, Lost Creek Letters among them. His novels, stories, and journalism have been translated into many foreign languages including the Dutch, Japanese, French, Russian and Turkish. A freelance photo-journalist, foreign correspondent, and Blogger for RT, Globalspec and International Business Times, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.
For more on the author, go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM.

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loves to dive said...

Wow do I envy you the freedom to travel so often. The book sounds thrilling (pardon the pun).
lvs2dv at gmail dot com

Karen C said...

Having lived and worked in the Albany area for 30 years, I'm looking forward to reading about the renovation of PS 20!

What do you miss the most when you are living and traveling abroad?