About Vic Fortezza:
I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 1971. I’ve worked as a golf course attendant, bar tender, teachers’ aide, assistant high school football coach, and data entry supervisor on the commodities trading floor in Manhattan. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published worldwide. I have five books in print: novels Close to the Edge, Adjustments, Killing & Exchanges, and story collection A Hitch in Twilight. Each day the weather allows, I promote and sell my work on the streets of Brooklyn.
What inspires you to write?
I am fascinated by the bittersweet mystery of life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have a theme in my head and wing it. I do a few drafts in long hand before hitting the computer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Trust your instincts. Steer clear of negative people. Put your work in electronic files, back them up on discs or sticks, submit online rather than by snail mail.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At the age of 50, after years of failing to attract any publishers, I decided to experiment with self-publishing. I do not regret it, despite the fact that it was a minor loss financially. I gained experience about the process, still sell an occasional copy of that novel, and I’ve been able to turn a small profit on my other books, which were published by small press firms.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I suspect that in about 20 years books in print will go the way of vinyl records. E-books are becoming second nature to the young.
What genres do you write?: My four novels are mainstream, hopefully considered literary. My story collection is speculative fiction.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print