Gary Ponzo

Gary Ponzo
Website: www.garyponzo.com
A Touch of Deceit

Winner of the Southwest Writers Novel Contest, Thriller category!

FBI agent Nick Bracco can’t stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can’t stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast. As fast as you can turn the pages.

Q: How did you come up with the story?
When I was 16 I used to work in my father’s candy store in Brooklyn. The mafia used the store to run numbers, before the lottery took away most of that business. I got to know some of the family members and those memories became the characters in my novel.

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
No one in particular, really. I’ve always been a reader and a writer, but my early influences were science fiction writers like Robert Heinlen and Ray Bradbury. The as I got older, Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard became my favorite authors. Mostly because of their sardonic wit.

Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
I couldn’t imagine not writing, so if I couldn’t write I’d probably be an actor or director. I would have to be involved with telling stories.

Q: Favorite genres to read?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir.

Q: What are your pet peeves?
I really don’t have any gripes, but if you want something . . .maybe this– Whenever I hear or read an interview with a writer and the question of how you got published comes up and the author says, “Well, my close friend was an editor at Random House, and he took a look at my novel . . .” at that point there’s nothing that author has to offer anyone who doesn’t have a friend in the business. Just move on. Like asking Michael Douglas how he got involved in acting.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have a deep faith in Jesus Christ. I don’t bring it up in conversation, nor do I go to church as much as I should, but there’s no question he’s been there for me every step of the way.

Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
This is the first novel in the Nick Bracco series. There’s many more to come.

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