A Spy at Home by Joseph Rinaldo
So, let's start it Joseph!
1. Your opening of your book immediately catches the audience. How much practice and thinking does it take for a writer to come up with an opening? Was the opening a kind of “Ah ha!” moment for you? (A moment of brilliant writing).
I wanted an opening that would immediately involve the reader in the life of the main character, Garrison, and foreshadow events that were to come. This sort of mini-synopsis gives the reader a chance to get to know the character and begin to make judgments about his personal life and where the book may go from there.
2. With our rights as writers is freedom of speech and press, how difficult is it to write about the government even if it is fiction?
I didn't find this difficult at all. That's the beauty of fiction. If a writer is also an avid reader (which I am and all writers must be), he has already probably encountered information that he can use to flesh out the story in his head.
3. Rejection is a hard thing for writers to handle, how do you in particular handle rejection? Would you rather have true hard rejection, or fake flattery?
Rejection is painful, but as a writer, you have to develop a thick skin. When you ask someone (a friend, family member, or reviewer) to read your work, you have to be prepared for their opinions, positive AND negative. You must be able to sort out the constructive critique you can use to make your book better.
I tried traditional publishing when I first began my career as a writer, and I received many rejections. The worst were the generic form letters. These were not helpful at all, and they only served to show me that agents and publishers can be carelessly unkind. The "best" rejections are the ones that offer words of encouragement and direction. These don't hurt nearly as much.
4. If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be and why would you choose that character? Is there something you could learn from their character traits?
I think I would be Garrison, the protagonist in A Spy At Home, because even though he made mistakes, he knew what he wanted, and he went after it with determination and courage. From Garrison, because of his mistakes, I learned that family is the most important thing, and something that must be nurtured and treasured.
5. How important is it for you to write as close to reality as possible? Do you like to write on the edge and try to make it believable or do you try to be pretty normal and keep it sane?
There are elements of truth and reality in both my currently available ebooks; I have incorporated traits of people I know into some of my characters, but as far as the distinction between reality and fiction in A Spy At Home, I am not at liberty to say.
6. What will be 2012 for you, as a writer and/or simply as a person?
I am continuing to write novels, and I will be editing and releasing the six other novels I have completed as time and money permit. My next release, Mountain Meadows Aftermath, is in the editing stages now and will be released this year. This modern-day novel is based on the actual massacre of innocent Americans by Mormon zealots in the Utah Territory. In present-day Nashville, Tennessee, Jeremiah grows up with a prejudice against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the murders in 1857 of his ancestors at Mountain Meadows. Until the 1995 Oklahoma City attack, this was the most deadly act of terrorism against US citizens.
We know that you enjoyed reading this interview! So here are some links to get in touch with Joseph.
His Twitter handle is @jmrinaldo.
His Facebook author page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Joseph-M-Rinaldo-Ebook-Page/105978502763910.
His Website: http://www.josephmrinaldo.com The book A Spy At Home is also available for sale on his website. The cost is only $1.99, no matter the source.
His Blog: http://wwwjosephmrinaldocom.blogspot.com
Buy Links: A Spy At Home - Amazon - http://amzn.to/rYD4ZW
Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/vN02Bu
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/106484
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8928799-a-spy-at-home
The book A Spy At Home is also available for sale on his website. The cost is only $1.99, no matter the source.
His second ebook, released in October of 2011, is called Hazardous Choices, and it is also available on his website and at
Amazon - http://amzn.to/pkEfgD
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12901781-hazardous-choices
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hazardous-choices-joseph-rinaldo/1107159028?ean=2940013567238&itm=1&usri=hazardous+choices
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102371.The cost is only $1.99, no matter the source.
Here is a brief synopsis of Hazardous Choices: Darnell Jackson is a young African-American man living in a gang-infested area of Chicago. To save his life, he joins a gang and is forced to do things he abhors. When an opportunity to escape this deadly world is offered to him, he accepts gladly. A football scholarship to a small rural Kentucky college could be his ticket out and a life free of violence and fear. But will his gang let him go, and worse, when they find out he lied to them to break away, will they retaliate?
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