Please welcome Frank Zafiro.
What is the one thing you want audiences to know about you?
I strive for real storytelling. That means believable characters in plausibe (but difficult!) situations. It means that the good guys don't always win, but when they do, it means something. And I love hockey.
What literary character do you relate most to, and why?
Tyrion Lannister, from Martin's Songs of Ice and Fire series.
Why? Well, I think we all feel like the ugly one in the room once in a while (or all the time), don't we?
For a while, near the end of my law enforcement career, I was in a higher ranking position and the machinations and politics and personal betrayals I saw all around me made me feel like Tyrion, too.
I identify with Tyrion because he uses his brains to try to solve his problems. He has some...baser interests, shall we say. And he over-reaches.
I may be guilty of all three, at times.
If you had a writing motto, what would it be?
Butt in Seat.
So many people talk about writing, fiddle around with it, but in the end, you gotta put your backside in the (hopefully comfortable) chair and plunk out the words.
What's the best kept secret you've found in regard to indie publishing?
That in spite of the much maligned "sea of crap" that some people worry about, there are stellar titles available out there. Books that are well written, professionally produced, and at a bargain price.
This might not be a secret, actually.
So let me change my answer to this: that independent publishing authors are almost ALWAYS so willing to help each other out. The vast majority I've interacted with truly believe that this is not a zero sum game, and that helping each other is a worthwhile act. While I don't know if this qualifies as a secret or not, I think it's much better than a cutthroat marketplace, right?
Jake Stankovic has been flying below the radar for years, dealing safely in stolen property crime with his two-man crew. But times are tough, so he decides to step up to the big money with a drug deal. Everything that can go wrong, does. The deal goes bad, a vengeful detective sets his sights on Jake, one of his crew might be a turncoat, and a woman from a long past affair suddenly reappears. All of this would be complicated enough on it’s own, but for Jake, it’s even worse. The woman is the detective’s ex-wife. And Jake Stankovic used to be a cop. Now Jake must face new problems and old vendettas in an all-in proposition with lives on the line. He has to find a way to get his money back, keep the girl, and beat everyone involved…At Their Own Game.
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