Interview with Michael Zarocastas
He is represented by Penn Whaling of the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, which represents world renowned authors such as Dennis Lehane and CJ Box. Michael’s work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, the Chesterfield Writers Film Project, and the Rupert Hughes Prose Writing Competition (at the former Maui Writers Conference).
For more information about Michael, visit http://www.zarocostas.com.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in law school thinking I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I started writing a manuscript for some terrible novel. It’s in the circular file.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have six vodka tonics before I write anything. No. That’s not true. It’s seven. Okay, truthfully, I sometimes go weeks without writing anything; instead, I’ll just think of ideas.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How difficult it was. To structure a plot, flesh out characters, compose realistic dialogue, and delete the boring parts… that ain’t easy.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
For PLUMMET, it was mainly just being a lawyer. You come across a lot of interesting characters and myths/stories.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written three. PLUMMET is the only one I’ve published so far. My agent is marketing DEMON DOG, which is an historical crime novel about Joe Petrosino (the first Italian-American detective in the NYPD) and the infamous barrel murder in Little Italy.
Who is your target audience?
Everyone. I also think about what I personally like, too. I have to like what I’m writing and reading otherwise there’s no truth in it. I don’t target an audience and restrict it to men or women, and I don’t even like to categorize books in genres.
What projects do you have up and coming?
DEMON DOG, as mentioned.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
James Ellroy, John Steinbeck, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Dash Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James Crumley
What hobbies do you have?
Reading, soccer, eating Italian and Greek food, playing with my daughter Vesta
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Suspense/Mystery Writer that you gravitate toward the shows such as Law and Order or Perry Mason?
I think Battlestar Galactica was one of the best dramas (in the guise of science fiction) in recent history. I also like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones. I have a weird, eclectic taste. A great new detective/mystery show is Longmire.
If you could pick a celebrity to play one character in the movie version, who would it be?
A younger Charlie Sheen would be a great Raphael Bianco in PLUMMET. I could see Alec Baldwin as Gabe Weiss, the senior partner in the law firm, too.
What other genres do you write?
Legal thriller, crime, drama, suspense/mystery, historical
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author, what would it be?
Never give up.
Synopsis of Plummet:
Working in a big law firm is murder.
Want to find out for yourself?
Then take the plunge…
Micah Grayson is an eager rookie fresh out of law school. Raphael Bianco is a degenerate senior associate who’s never met a temptation he could resist. Gabe Weiss is a millionaire senior partner who has a dream life. All three are litigators at Sullivan & Adler, the most powerful law firm in Manhattan. Two of them share a lover. One of them will kill in cold blood. But who is his victim? A dark why-dun-it set in the backstabbing conference rooms of corporate law.