Name Frank A. Ruffolo
Where are you from?
I was Born in Washington Heights Manhattan live in South Florida
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have an Associates degree in Mechanical Engineering married for 40 years to my beautiful wife and editor Christine and have two grown children Michael and Alicia and on grandson from my Son and his wife Jeannie…Anthony. I am retired with over 40 years in the private sector in Purchasing and Purchasing Management. My wife and I have also and continue to volunteer at a Marian apparition site in Hollywood Florida where the Virgin Mary has been, and is continually giving messages to her children of the World since 1994.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I will have a book signing for Jack Stenhouse Mysteries, my new murder mystery thriller, on Sat 3/28 at 1 pm at Murder on the Beach Mystery bookstore in Delray Beach Florida. I will also be part of a panel discussion about urban mysteries at the Agatha Christie Malice 27 convention in May in Maryland.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Back one morning in 2006 I literally woke up with what I thought would be a good idea for a movie. That turned into my second book The Trihedral of Chaos. The storyline popped into my head. The voices started talking and I started taking their dictation.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I am a storyteller. A teller of tales. I tell my stories in print. If that makes me a writer so be it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a faith based sci fi taken form the New Testament verse Luke 21:11, There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. This describes what will take place before Jesus returns again. While I was writing The Trihedral of Chaos, an action adventure love story, this came to me. In our house we have a bible on display opened to the book of Psalms. Every morning I say my prayers and give thanks before the bible and for daily inspiration I randomly turn the bible to a section of the New Testament and read what my foggy sleepy eyes can focus on first. One morning back in 2007 I turned to Luke 21:11. I then went to work. For the next three days I turned randomly to the same passage. The voices started in my head and my first book was born Gabriel’s Chalice, while I was still writing Trihedral.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write in a narrative style as if I was telling you a story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Each title is a brief description of the story
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my latest novel Jack Stenhouse Mysteries it is good against evil and the protagonist Jack Stenhouse is a 1940’s Sam Spade detective stuck in the 21st century. A scoundrel, a player who says and does what most men think and dream. But is a sweetheart on the inside. The Trihderal trilogy is a story of love and hate as the main protagonist must balance his love of family for his love of country and the elimination of evildoers. Gabriel’s Chalice is the upheaval the Earth will go through before the great judgment and man’s journey of faith.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? Jack Stenhouse is pure fiction. I created an alternative Universe of Fort Lauderdale and New York City. The places and scenes are real. The story and characters are from the voices in my head.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None from people I know or experiences in my life in Stenhouse. In Trihedral I used my Nascar Driving Experience adventure in the storyline. I also like to take world events and news stories and incorporate them into my storylines. In Gabriel’s Chalice I have included information form messages received form the Virgin Mary. I do use places I have been in scenes in my work.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The Bible is biggest influence. I read all genre’s so each one has left a mark on my life and style. My mentors are Cussler, Heinlein, Clarke, and Baldacci.
Fiona: What book are you reading now? Reading the Wonderland Trilogy by Lory Paduano
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Brad Thor has peeked my interest but I haven’t read any of his works.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Wow I just submitted to my Publisher Linkville Press a sequel to Jack Stenhouse Mysteries titled Blue Falcon. Jack is recruited into a national task force investigating the murders of witnesses scheduled to testify before Congress against a corrupt President in his impeachment. Jack along with the FBI follows a trail of blood to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I am editing a sequel to Gabriel’s Chalice titled Tres Archangelis and writing and researching four more manuscripts.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My current Publisher Linkville press.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I write because I like to create, and to quiet the voices in my head. I have been blessed that it has produced great works and my readers love them. If I turn this successful journalistic career into a blockbuster financial success that would be well accepted.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No all is good
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I stated that before. I never had any ambition to write. The inspiration came one morning. The voices started talking and they haven’t stopped yet.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The Jack Stenhouse Mysteries Shadow of Death, The Saturnalian Affect. Jack a senior homicide detective with the Fort Lauderdale PD is a scoundrel who has had failed marriages due to his one vice hookers and strippers. His latest main squeeze is Diedre Lee who works the pole at a Gentlemen’s club. Diedre aka Didi is a women with a name to match her attributes and is not ashamed to show them off. Jack must determine why beautiful women are dying from the bite of a Black Mamba a snake only found in Africa. Jack hates South Florida, hates his boss and wants the action of a big city. After delving into the world of international art trading and pornography he transfers, with his fiancé Didi to the First Precinct in New York. Didi with her savings from working the pole opens a boutique and Jack now the new recruit, with his partner must stop a serial killer who chooses its victims only during the Feast of Saturnalia.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging thing I have in writing is picking names for my characters.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Clive Cussler I love his main character Dirk Pitt and story presentation my main protagonists in The Trihedral Trilogy, Steve Ciccone and Jack Stenhouse have a bit of Dirk Pitt in them.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No the internet is a wonderful thing and so is google maps. But I have taken places I have been and inserted them into my work.
Fiona: Who designed the covers? My first two works were self publishes so I did the design work. Jack Stenhouse cover was developed by Linkville press with my input.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is choosing names for characters. The most interesting and unnerving part is trying to follow my outline. The characters take over and the storyline constantly changes. The final outcome basically remains the same but the journey to get there is unknowing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
With every line and every verb and adjective my knowledge and skill increase. Forensic crime scenes you see on TV or the movies, that is real fiction and test results are not instantaneous and sudden revelations are as rare as hen’s teeth.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
READ, read, read: I have read hundreds of books in my life all styles all genres. Carry a small book or recording device with you and right down all your thoughts. EDIT, EDIT, EDIT, then when you are done edit again. Finally everyday write something and be prepared for rejection. I sent out 163 query letters before Stenhouse was accepted.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Wow than you all for your support and please write a review and post it and tell a friend.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No not at all. Too old for that. The first book I remember reading was The Red Badge of Courage
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh, a good joke or funny story. Cry, those reunion videos of vets surprising their families.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Jesus Christ…just to experience his aura and knowledge first hand.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Under my name just Storyteller because that is what I am.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Let’s see, Gardening, I paint in acrylic and oil and target shooting which iam damn good at my groupings are within seven inches.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Action adventure and fantasy and reality. I like The Voice, Castle, Bones the last movie I saw was Maleficent…Jolie was brilliant.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods, Mexican and Italian color Blue Music Hard rock AC DC, Zeppelin
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Nascar driver.. Did the experience three times 150 mph wow
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is www.frankaruffolo.com on twitter @ruffoloauthor on facebook https://www.facebook.com/frankaruffolo , www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-A-Ruffolo-author/188729521194331