Don Massenzio is the “King of Thrillers”

For those of you interested authors wondering what my interviews might be like, here is one that I did some time ago. I will probably use a similar format. Again, you can contact me at

Great For My I-Reader

Don Massenzio was born in Syracuse, New York, to first generation Italian American parents. He is an avid reader. Some of his favorite authors include Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, and Hugh Howey. His favorite book of all time is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Don began writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate travel. He uses writing as a therapeutic outlet. He recently took the jump to sharing his work with others. His first published long work is the novel, Frankly Speaking. It is the first in what will hopefully be a series of books focused on the character, Frank Rozzani, a Florida private detective. The book is a throwback to the days of pulp detective novels with a tip of the hat to Jim Rockford from 70’s television and The Rockford…

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Calling all Authors

For anyone that tried to reach out, my email address was spelled incorrectly. I really shouldn’t be allowed to write without an editor. It is fixed in the blog post but is

Author Don Massenzio

I am launching a new aspect of my blog in an effort to further help authors gain exposure. I would like to feature 2-3 author interviews per week. There is no cost for this. It’s just something I would like to do to help the community. If you are interested I will get in touch with you to schedule. Just reach out to me at

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Calling all Authors

I am launching a new aspect of my blog in an effort to further help authors gain exposure. I would like to feature 2-3 author interviews per week.  There is no cost for this.  It’s just something I would like to do to help the community. If you are interested I will get in touch with you to schedule. Just reach out to me at  

Write What You Know, You Know…

Great post on writing what you know. In the case of some presidential candidates, the book might be blank. Enjoy.


They say, Write what you know…

And in response I say, Okay…

So when I began in earnest to write stuff for people to read way back in the early Nineties – what a great decade that was – about all I knew about life outside of my personal life which I didn’t and still don’t have the guts yet to truly explore, was all pretty much navy-related.

Hence, the stories I wrote at the time were all pretty much, well… navy-related.

And therein lies the primary challenge I have when it comes to convincing and conniving folks who look a lot like you to read my writing… and now, to support a film based upon my writing: that even though the stories may be navy-related, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are stories just about the navy.

Some of you, many of you, are probably new to this site so…

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Free on Kobo Until End of Feb 2016 – Garden Grove by L.V. Gaudet

Check out this book and grab your free copy.

The intangible world of the literary mind

Download your copy soon! Garden Grove is free on Kobo until the end of February 2016.  Download your copy today.

Includes bonus content: Old Mill Road (short story). Warning: this is only the beginning to the Old Mill Road story. There were too many questions down the old Mill Road to leave it here.


Garden Grove is supposed to be an idyllic new housing development in a cozy bedroom community just outside the city.

Someone is trying to stop the development. Vandalism and sabotage slow construction. The work crew is poisoned. And someone is messing with the blueprints. An old man plants human remains on the site.

Is the whole town trying to shut them down? What the hell is going on here? Some things should remain buried.



7 – Rusty Plowshare’s Scheme

“So, the skull wasn’t good enough, huh?!  Oh, I’ve got something…

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18 Character Frustrations #writerslife #writer

Another great post that hits close to home. Sometimes my characters have dialog that I don’t recognize when I go back and read it. Are they repeating what the voices in my head say? Who knows?


Character Frustrations

Working with fictional folk can be hard and at times it can feel like you are herding cats.

Here are some situations which show how frustrating characters can be…

  1. Characters hijacking your story.
  2. Characters getting too big for their fictional boots.
  3. Fictional folk starting to say what they want.
  4. Characters talking amongst themselves.
  5. Attention seeking minor characters who start to take over the plot.
  6. Hot characters leading you astray and making you write unnecessary steamy scenes.
  7. Characters talking out loud in the early hours when you are trying to sleep.
  8. Characters taking on your view of the world and not listening, as you screech at the laptop ‘for goodness sake be yourself!’
  9. Dull and lifeless characters!
  10. Characters who have this annoying habit of asking a question and the question bothers you so much you end up writing reams and reams trying to answer it.
  11. Characters who start to morph into…

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The importance of goals in the highly subjective world of writing #amwriting

Here is a very insightful post on writing. Enjoy.

G.L. Cromarty

I have recently been tucking into Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience . As you might expect from the title, the point of the book is to develop an understanding of what makes a happy, fulfilled life. I love reading psychology in all shapes and forms, and I have really enjoyed this book.

One of the things it discusses early on is the importance of enjoying the journey of life, and not allowing ourselves to forever focus on some dim and distant goal. Some people find this easier than others. I know plenty of people who live in the moment, and spend very little time worrying about tomorrow, the future, or illusive distant goals. I also know plenty of people who spend all their time focusing on a single future goal, such that they forget to enjoy where they are.

I guess the whole point of ‘flow’ is finding a happy balance. But that’s…

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