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Interview: Giacomo Giammatteo, Author of Murder Takes Time

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When he isn’t writing, Murder Takes Time author Giacomo is a headhunter and searches the country to fill jobs in the medical and biotech industry. He currently lives in Texas where he runs an animal sanctuary with his wife, including 12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat, and 26 pigs. But his best friend is a very large wild boar who takes walks with him every day.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I think the most difficult part of this book, in particular, was letting my emotions out. Letting go of them long enough to get it down on paper and into the characters. This was a book close to my heart, as many of the stories in it are real, and a big part of it takes place in my old neighborhood.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

Unlike many authors, I didn’t start writing until late, when my youngest son was in his teens. He liked to read fantasy books, so we started reading them together. After we gobbled up a few dozen apiece, we talked about writing one. Joked about it was more like it. But as we worked on plots and storylines, I got excited about it. Soon he lost interest, but I didn’t. My first book was an epic fantasy.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (if any)?

I’ll get back to that fantasy book in a minute. Let’s jump ahead a few years. I got the idea, and the itch, to write a mystery/thriller novel. I soon fell in love with writing in that genre. I wrote the book in a little less than three months, got it to some beta readers, edited it, then more rounds of beta reading. It was a year before it was ready. I felt certain it would be snapped up by the first agent who looked at it.

Okay, you can stop laughing now. But yes, it is the same old story. And 103 rejections later, I decided that I was going to publish it myself. But self publishing, if done the right way, is no easy road either. It is painstaking, time consuming, and costly. And it is a hell of a lot of work.

Have you written a book that you have not been able to get published? If so, can you share a little about it with us?

Now we’re back to that fantasy. I originally wrote three epic fantasies, monstrous books that were about 250,000 words each. After countless agents telling me that there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a work of that size published by a first-time author, I put them on the shelf. It wasn’t until years later that I got the itch with the mystery novels. The fantasies aren’t dead though. I love the stories and only have one more to finish the series.

How did you come up with the title?

Murder Takes Time. The title came out of the theme of the book, in a way. The story is about three young boys who swear an oath to be friends forever, but life takes them down separate paths. Twenty years later one of them must die. It took a long time for the relationships to deteriorate to that point.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Yes, for the readers. The publishing world is changing on a daily basis, affecting the way we read now, and will read in the future. It is a wonderful time for new authors to show what they’ve got, but…and this is huge, the authors have to be noticed. The single biggest thing you, as a reader, can do to help keep the best books out there is to review a book when you finish reading it. I know it’s a pain. But take a few minutes and give an honest review. It is important not only for the author but for fellow readers, too.

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  • John L. Evans

    Hello Tracee:

    I very much enjoyed your Interview with Mr. Giammatteo and his book, MURDER TAKES TIME. I just had my latest mystery/suspense novel, PRESCRIPTION: MURDER go LIVE on Amazon Kindle on June 30/2012. I would love it if you could give the book some promotion.

    Hoping to hear from you…

    Best regards,

    John L. Evans