I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for crime novel “The Starlight Club”. I hope you enjoy the interview.
1. How long have you been writing?
4 years now. During that time I have completed 15 books and 9 short stories.
2. Is The Starlight Club your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
The Starlight Club was the first book I wrote that was published
3) Why did you choose crime as genre for your book?
Everyone likes a well written mob book and I took a lot of what I witnessed as a young man and put it into a story mixed both with fiction and non-fiction.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I tried reading books about writing but found that they confused me. I discovered a system of my own that works for me and I know would work for any new writer filled with uncertainty the same as I was. My advice to a new writer is if you have an idea for a story, then invest in a writing program. I use Scrivener which I find is a great program. Then start putting words on paper or in our case a computer. Don’t worry about how it looks or sounds. Just concentrate on getting your story completed on your computer. Then start at the beginning and go over each chapter 15 or 20 times. I promise you that after the fifth or sixth time you go over a chapter you’ll think that this I got it. But when you go over it again it’s like you have never made any changes. But if you are consistent in your editing you’ll find that eventually each chapter begins to shape up. I do it until I feel my manuscript is now clean enough to hand to a professional editor. So remember. 1- invest in a good writing program, 2- Don’t worry about your writing, just concentrate on putting your entire story on the computer without worrying about typos or structure or the rambling of an excited author. JUST GET YOUR STORY IN ITS ENTIRETY ON YOUR COMPUTER. Ernest Hemingway once said that the first draft is pure shit, and he was absolutely right.
5. Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Well, I was going to start on a sequel to The Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid which was a joy to write. I had the most fun writing that book than any of my other books. But now I’m thinking that maybe I should write a sequel to Lafitte’s Treasure only because the characters were good and I’d like to continue the masonic theme in the sequel.
The Starlight Club
Author: Joe Corso
The Starlight Club was jumping . . .
“They looked like mob guys. They had that arrogance exuded by those who liked to intimidate – those who were the proud purveyors of fear.” Amidst the nightly gaiety was the back room, where business deals were made, hits were ordered, and territories were divided. An image of the author is also attached.
Trenchie not being a “rat” is just released from his ten year prison sentence. A new life is waiting – complete with envelopes of money and a steak house to call his own. He finds the woman of his dreams who brings along ex-husband baggage. Hit man Jimmy The Hat finds unexpected fame in the most unlikely of places, yet he always stays true to the “boys”, especially Big Red. “Crazy Joey Gallo” and his brothers break away from the Profaci family and go “rogue, on their own now. They split their gang into several small groups and spread them out over the five boroughs.”
The Starlight club can be purchased on amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-ebook/dp/B0098L3LQW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353949837&sr=1-1&keywords=the+starlight+club
Move to Florida, see the world, and…. Write 15 novels!? It may have started out as the typical retirement, but author Joe Corso decided to take a more adventurous route. After a successful, yet tearful, career as a fireman, Corso began writing as a way to fund the Ivy League educations of his grandchildren. He published his first book at 75, and since has written 14 novels and 9 short stories.
One of his most popular novels, The Starlight Club, won the 2012 eLit True Crime category, and an honorable mention in the 2013 reader’s favorite book contest. FIRE: Box 598, a collection of short nonfiction stories of fires and occurrences surrounding them when he worked with the FDNY, won the 2013 Reader’s Favorite contest in the Historical non-fiction category. With cross-genre skills, Corso has written Westerns, Gritty Crime Dramas and even fantasy. He has received a tremendous reception from his work “Fire Stories” by many Fire Departments. Rising from the ashes, retired New York Firefighter Joe Corso finds himself lost in his writing hoping never to find his way back.