Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello and thank you for allowing me to be here. I am Frank A. Ruffolo and I am 71 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was originally born in Manhattan New York but have resided in South Florida since 1979.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and I am retired from over forty years in Purchasing Management. I am happily married to my wife Christine for almost 44 years and have a Daughter and a Son and one Grandson. I have been writing since 2006. In 2007 I published my first of 6 novels. I enjoy gardening and target shooting and painting.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Within the last few weeks I just finished writing my fourth screenplay and released two novels, BLUE FALCON and STUCK IN TRAFFICK. Blue Falcon is a murder mystery about a corrupt President who is being impeached and the witnesses called to testify against him are being assassinated his lover who harbours a dark secret. Stuck in Traffick is based on a screenplay I co-wrote which is a fictionalized account of actual experiences people have endured while trapped in human trafficking I am also working on Ghost writing project and development of a 13-episode docuseries.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The voices started in my head in 2006. I started dictating what they told me, and they haven’t stopped yet.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I had never thought of myself as a writer. I am more of a storyteller. I guess I classified myself as a writer after I composed my first screenplay. Which was based on my first Murder Mystery. Shadow of Death.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first published book is a faith-based Science fiction tale of events leading up to the great judgement day, Gabriel’s Chalice. It was inspired by Luke 21:11 form the New Testament. Which states there will be plagues and earthquakes in various places. There will be terrors in the sky and great signs.
I say my morning prayers in front of the bible and when I have completed them, I randomly open the bible and read a passage. Back in 2006 I opened the bible to Luke 21:11 three days in a row.
I guess divine intervention was the inspiration.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
During all the plagues and earthquakes and volcanoes that spread across the Earth, God sends his messenger Archangel Gabriel with a message for mankind and he leaves a crystal chalice. Hence the name Gabriel’s Chalice
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do not find writing a challenge. I write in a narrative style almost as if you are watching a movie. I write in three genres’; Science Fiction, Action Adventure and Murder Mystery. Science Fiction is the easiest for you can let your imagination run wild. It does not have the restrictions of normalcy.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I always include some scenes that are based on real events and personal experiences with people I have met or have been involved in. For example, in my second novel which was an action adventure trilogy of love and hate, of one man’s mission to stop terror attacks in the United States, The Trihedral of Chaos. My main protagonist goes on a first date with his soon to be wife by taking her to drive a NASCAR stock car at a racetrack, which I did.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel a lot on the internet and have based storylines and scenes on places I have previously travelled. I do not have a problem with travelling to complete a storyline.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Covers are designed my me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a message in every novel. In Gabriel’s Chalice it is to keep the faith in the Lord our God.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Mickey Deymon, an actor, film maker and author’s book Detarru Island is quite good. My favorite writer is Clive Cussler. I like his style and character development and I try to emulate his writing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I am contracted with A small publishing house in Oregon, Linkville Press.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I write because it was God given talent that I want to share with everyone. I am retired and it has become my new career on the page and on the screen.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, it is the second in the series of Jack Stenhouse Mysteries, BLUE FALCON of which I have three more in process for release.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
The more you write and read the more you learn. I discovered that if any elected member of the legislative or executive branch has broken the law and must be arrested the only person that can do that is the Sergeant of Arms of Congress.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That would depend on which book…For The Jack Stenhouse series Ryan Reynolds, For Gabriel’s Chalice series, Tom Hanks, for Trihedral series.. Keven Costner
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read, read, read and read. Always write down any idea that you may have whenever you get them do not rely on your memory. Also, if you can not take rejection seek another career.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for your support and keep on the look out for my new releases.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just finished Detarru Island and am not reading a book right now too busy.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Red Badge of Courage.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good joke blue or not will make me laugh. Those videos of servicemen coming home surprising their loved ones always make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus Christ for he is my saviour even though I am not worthy to tie his sandals.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I like to paint in acrylic or oil and putter around my garden.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much tv. Mostly reality shows, American idol , AGT and my favorite The curse of Oak Island.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I have been on a special diet while I battle Prostate cancer. No meat protein, eggs, dairy or processed sugar. My favorite food is Italian and a good juicy hamburger. Colors are blue and green and music is classic Rock n Roll. ZZ top ACDC
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
My hobbies enjoy my grandchild if I am still alive.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With family and friends.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
SEE I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is www.frankaruffolo.com, Twiller and Instagram is @ruffoloauthor I am also on facebook as well as all of my novels Gabriel’s Chalice, Tres Archangelis, Jack Stenhouse Mysteries, Blue Falcon, The Trihedral of Chaos and Stuck In Traffick. All of my work is available on amazon in print or ebook.
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Frank-A-Ruffolo/e/B006GTEDDE?ref=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000