Short, Sharp Interview: Vincent Zandri

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publications/ projects in 25 words or less?
Two more Moonlight books: Blue Moonlight and Murder by Moonlight. Both being published by Thomas & Mercer in the Spring…21 words!
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
Just read Dying Memories by David Zeltserman.  Also, I loved the Hank Thompson Trilogy by Charlie Huston.  I watch and re-watch a lot of the older crime and noir classics. Chinatown I’ve seen a dozen or more times. Seven is a favorite. All the Hitchcocks. I don’t own a TV but I sometimes watch Californication on Netflix. I also watch all the Anthony Bourdaine, No Reservations, episodes. I’m a travel, food, and booze bug . 
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
In terms of, Wow this really sucks? Or this doesn’t suck? No, I don’t believe it is. You and I can pick up the latest novel by one of the really big names and recognize it for the dribble that it is simply because we write for a living. But when Johnny or Janey Q. Public pick it up and read it and then praise its every word because that’s what they are brainwashed into doing, it makes me want to keel over and die. They see the big name coming from the big publisher and they salivate. 
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I would , for the money of course.  But also for the love of the medium.  I love movies and my stuff has been sought out by the likes of DreamWorks and other companies, but nothing bought, sold, and produced…Yet.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
Depends. I’m a journalist so sometimes I go overboard.  I do on-site visits, along with library and on-line researching. Also interviews with the players if what I’m writing is based on a real event. Which it almost always is. But then there are books (Like Moonlight Rises, for instance), that I pretty much just write off the top of my head.  More recently I try and minimize the research, although I’m heading back to Venice in March to do some final field visits for my newest project-in-the-works, Precious. But hey, it’s Venice. 
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
I’m going to give it to you straight, no chaser. Without social media and its infinite marketing possibilities, I wouldn’t be making a living off my books. Neither would a whole lot of authors who just a couple of years ago could barely afford to put gas in the car. I was one of them.
PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?
I’m back to traveling in March.  I’ll be in Italy for the month rewriting Precious. Then to France and California, and back to New York by the end of April.  By then the release dates for my new books with Thomas & Mercer should be made public (7 books total). 
As a journalist I’m keeping a close watch on developments in Iran.  That whole situation boils over, it’s possible I’ll be making a return to serious journalism for a while, while writing my books. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

Published by PaulDBrazill

Writer. Teacher.

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