About Richard L. Vittorioso:
I am a retired radio broadcaster having spent 30 years on the air as a disc jockey. When I retired in 2007 I began a daily humor blog entitled, “MisfitWisdom” which has a worldwide following and consists of current events humor. I have written three books. My broadcasting autobiography, “I Could Have Been Famous But Sex, Love and Life Got In The Way,” a mystery novel about World War II and time travel titled, “The Covert Chamber,” and my most recent book, “Forgotten” which is a historical account of two World War II pilots who were killed in a tragic mid-air collision over my town in 1944. Most of the books that I read deal with the Kennedy Assassination and I follow authors who write on that subject.
What inspires you to write?
My personal inspiration for writing comes from various personal life experiences. Obviously I was inspired to write my autobiography after spending many years in the broadcasting industry. My mystery novel was my first attempt at writing fiction but with a bit of true life history within the book. I have an interest in World War II and the events that took place then so I researched some events and included them in my novel. Real life stories also interest me as in my last book about two pilots killed over my town in 1944 and were forgotten for over 70 years. I felt the story needed to be told and that was my inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing just happens if I am writing a fiction novel. Most of my ideas come as I’m writing and developing the characters in my book. I don’t rush to get it published. Rather, I will write a few pages, perhaps pause for a day or two and let ideas develop in my mind. When I’m done with a chapter I will re read it and make changes. Sometimes two or three times. To me, the key to writing a good book if it’s fiction, is not to rush. Take your time and develop it slowly. With non fiction, research is the key. You can never do enough research and fact checking.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do talk to my characters. I think you have to place yourself into each one of your characters to appreciate how they would react and then put those emotions and feelings into words.
What advice would you give other writers?
The only advice I can give to other writers is to take your time when you write any kind of book, be it fiction or non fiction. Don’t rush because you want to get it in print. The other important piece of advice, edit, re edit, and re edit over and over until you are 100% sure you have corrected all errors and you are satisfied with the finished product.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
All of my books have been self published. Simply because I am of the mind set that major publishers do not want to deal with unknown writers. they wold rather go the safe route and stick to a sure thing. So my mind set is to just skip sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. If your book is going to be a big seller, and you have published it yourself, it might just be discovered by a major publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Personally I think book publishing will be eventually be taken over by self publishing authors who have had it with the mainstream publishing outlets.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: I prefer non fiction and historical genres
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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