Thursday, May 11, 2017

Interview with Vincent Zandri & Win Books!

Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the "Best Books of 2014." Recently, Suspense Magazine selected WHEN SHADOWS COME as one of the "Best Books of 2016". A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.



Inside the Book:

It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph
William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.

How is he going to get to Rebecca?

He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.

Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.

But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.

Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?




Thanks for this interview, Vincent.  Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint?

I started out in 1990 or ’91 as a stringer for the local Times Union Newspaper, reporting on high school football games. I also freelanced for them on all sorts of topics ranging from fly fishing to book reviews. From there I started writing for magazines, and some bigger papers. I also started on some literary short stories that I managed to get into some very good anthologies and reviews. I went to Bread Loaf and then did my MFA in Writing at Vermont College in the mid-1990s. Upon graduation in 1997, I wrote The Innocent. A year later it was picked up by Delactore in a two book deal for $250,000. The rest of the story is best described as a whirlwind of new books, stories, deals, ups and downs, travel, marriages, divorces, long nights, longer days, and more fun than one man deserves.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

Sometimes I write, very much in the sense of the Fishing Guide who goes fishing whenever he has some time off. But I also fish, hunt, shoot, hike, lift weights, run, bug out in my Jeep, travel a ton (for work and pleasure), head to the bar, cook, eat, drink, hang out with my kids…I try to live a full, fun life.

Congratulations on your new book! Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

Okay, here goes:

May 13, 2015
Albany Police Department
South Pearl Street Precinct

The old homicide detective sits behind his metal desk surrounded by the cold quiet of the early morning, staring forlornly into the radiant screen on his department-issued laptop. He’s been using the laptop, which is integrated with the department’s web server, for years and years now, but he still fondly recalls the days when his desktop supported only a telephone connected to an old fashioned landline and beside that, an IMB Selectric typewriter. And how could he ever forget the old two tiered Inbox/Outbox?
He glances at his inbox and the two dozen or so new emails that have come his way since he last checked it the previous evening. He scans the emails for their importance, relegating most of them to routine, until he comes to one marked, “URGENT: Serial Murderer Hanover Escapes Custody.”

Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

I’m a hybrid author, meaning I publish both traditionally and independently. If decide not to go traditional with any given book, as was the case with The Ashes, then it automatically goes into production with my team of editors, artists, etc. It’s usually a very smooth process. The Ashes took about two months to write, another two months of revisions, and then it was on the editor’s desk. My traditionally published books, such as The Corruptions, which was just released in hardcover, give me a little more anxiety since I’m not entirely in control of the production. 

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

“Don’t go down into the cellar, mommy.”

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

It’s beautifully written, yet delivers all the suspense and thrills you come to expect of a Zandri novel.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Halloween…This is a horror/suspense thriller that takes place in the fall.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

This is the second book in the Rebecca Underhill Trilogy, the first one being, The Remains which was published by Thomas & Mercer. It’s a Number One Overall Amazon Bestseller. A framed version hands on the Thomas & Mercer wall of fame for books that have surpassed 100,000 in units sold. 

What’s next for you?

The Corruptions was just released from Polis Books. The tenth novel in the Chase Baker action/adventure series, Chase Baker and the Dutch Diamond, will be released in March. The eleventh in the series, Chase Baker and the Spear of Destiny comes out in the fall. In January of 2018, Polis will publish my new standalone thriller, The Detonator. Anyone who wants to make contact or find out more about my books go to

Giveaway Details:

Vincent is giving away ten Kindle e-copies of THE ASHES!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
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  • This giveaway ends midnight May 31.
Good luck everyone!


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