Guest Post: What Inspires My Writing by Giacomo Giammatteo + Ipad 3 & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Murder Takes Time

By Giacomo Giammatteo
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published April 16th 2012 by Inferno Publishing Company
Genre: Mystery

A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn’t good.

Frankie has taken two oaths in his life – the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable. Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years – and risks losing his life.

In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.
~ Goodreads Blurb

What Inspires My Writing
by Giacomo Giammatteo

I am an avid reader. I read mysteries, thrillers and suspense, fantasy, science fiction, history, military history, biographies…and the best part is that I can get just as excited about finding a great book on ancient Rome as I can with a new mystery release.
My wife and I married young, but we were devoted to getting our kids involved with reading. She was a stay-at-home mom, and she read to them all the time. I took over at night, usually by telling stories instead of reading. I mixed in mythology stories with real-life things about growing up in the city. It always ended up the same way—the kids would ask for more and more stories to be told until, eventually, they fell asleep.
When my youngest son was a teenager, he and I read fantasy books together, mostly epic fantasies, like Robert Jordon’s Wheel of Time series, or George R. R. Martin’s books. We finished each session by dissecting the books and discussing the plots, characters, world-building, and then speculating on what we would have done differently. That led to the inevitable—let’s write a fantasy book.
For weeks we plotted, and once we were happy with it, we started writing. It wasn’t long before my son lost interest, but by then I was hooked. I ended up writing three epic fantasies. I made some half-hearted attempts to get an agent, but kept hitting the same stone wall that most new authors run into. At that time I was busy with my business, so I put the writing on the shelf.
A few years later, my kids kept pestering me to write about the stories I used to tell them. I laughed it off, but the thought kept nagging at me, until one day I realized I could put some of my stories into a plot for a murder mystery and make it work.
The next night I sat down and started. Two months later I completed the first draft. Three revisions and six months after that I finished it. I got it out to some beta readers, people who were not friends or family, and I was surprised at the great feedback. It was that feedback that led me to keep writing mysteries.  
A lot of people think writers are searching for fame, or that they write to get rich. There’s not a single writer I know who entered this game with the thought of getting rich. Writers know the odds, and those odds say that we’ll never sell enough books to make a living at it, that we’ll have to keep plugging away at night, when we should be doing something else, just for the opportunity to get our books out there. Getting rich, or becoming famous, are not the reasons we put “pen to paper,” so to speak.
I love the feeling I get from reading a good book. That, more than anything, is my inspiration for writing. I want to tell stories that make someone else feel as good as I do when I find a good book. That’s the driver. It’s more powerful than the thought of sales, or glory, or prestige, or anything.

Ciao, and thanks for listening,


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