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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Author Interview – V Frank Asaro

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Leaving some good parts on the cutting room floor in order to slim the book to commercial length.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? The expanded knowledge makes me feel more complete. I am better able to annunciate on the political and economic issues facing us today.

Do you intend to make writing a career? A second career, yes.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Never had writer block…I have stull piled up in drawers just waiting to speak.

Tell us a bit about your family. My father Frank emigrated from Italy when he was 16, becoming a barber who ended up owning the hotel in which his shop was situated.  Also a commercial fisherman in San Diego, he at one time had part ownership of a tuna boat. Hard working with a heart of gold, he was the finest man I have ever known: never complained, never told a lie, he never even exaggerated. The old timers agree that he was as respected and honest as any human could ever hope to be.

My mother Josephine was also born in Italy and immigrated here when she was 7.  She helped her mother raise a big family, which included her four brothers who each served in the U, S. military in World War II. Most were eventually either wounded in action or were picked up in life rafts from torpedoed navy ships. My fighter-pilot uncle Peter, my favorite, was killed flying his P-47 out of England. After my mother Jo and dad married, she was trained as an electronics tech and worked in the aircraft plants during the war. An expert at reading electronic blueprints, she ended up putting together astronaut Alan Shepard’s instrument panel for his historic first flight into space.  Jo is now 98, very sharp and proud of her 14 great grandchildren whom she delights in showing off. She is no doubt the finest women I have ever known.

We have a warm, close family of siblings and cousins, many of whom have become quite accomplished, especially for being first generation Americans.  They include my brother John Asaro, a famous artist, cousin Frank Asaro, Ph.D., a nuclear chemist at Berkley; Catherin Asaro, Ph. D., a physicist and well-known author, Marialynn Sardo, M.D. a plastic surgeon, Sal Ferrantelli Ph.D. A noted coral director in the Monterey, California, and a host of others, all originally from the Little Italy section of San Diego, and stemming from the idyllic port of Mazarra Del Vallo, Sicily, near the birthplace of Archimedes..

What is your favorite quality about yourself? If I get the time, I love to muse, cogitate and create stuff.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I put off things for which I have developed an aversion.

Off the coast of Southern California, the Sea Diva, a tuna boat, sinks. Members of the crew are missing and what happened remains a mystery. Anthony Darren, a renowned and wealthy lawyer at the top of his game, knows the boat’s owner and soon becomes involved in the case. As the case goes to trial, a missing crew member is believed to be at fault, but new evidence comes to light and the finger of guilt points in a completely unanticipated direction.

Now Anthony must pull together all his resources to find the truth in what has happened and free a wrongly accused man—as well as untangle himself. Fighting despair, he finds that the recent events have called much larger issues into question. As he struggles to right this terrible wrong, Anthony makes new and enlightening discoveries in his own life-long battle for personal and global justice.

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Genre – Legal Drama

Rating – PG13

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