IndieView with Patrick W. Picciarelli, author of Blood Shot Eyes

Martin’s Press on March 12, 2019. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Having spent 20 years in the NYPD, and more years than I care to admit working as a PI, I’m also a Vietnam combat veteran, and teach in a local university. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Do you outline? Very important. Yale’s journey continues in the sequel, Pop Line. The trail leads to a megalomaniacal NY radio shock-jock with a Svengali complex and a psychopathic former policewoman who does his bidding. Do you listen to music while you write? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? What came easily? New York City. My next book, which I co-authored with actor Gianni Russo, Hollywood Godfather: My life in the Movies and the Mob, will be published by St. I have more than enough material to work with. Writing has always been a passion. During the course of the investigation, Yale connects with retired detective Charlie Wright, now suffering from AIDS and under a self-imposed exile from society. Readers of gritty crime fiction will enjoy this story for its reality-based investigative techniques and colorful characters. I have more than enough material to work with. Extra points if you’re a New Yorker. I’ll also experiment as I go along. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Yale must find the reason behind a series of brutal murders before he becomes the next victim. I have a decent following from previously published books, so I’ll approach those readers, along with public speaking and social media venues. Having spent 20 years in the NYPD, and more years than I care to admit working as a PI, I’m also a Vietnam combat veteran, and teach in a local university. What would you like readers to know about you? End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Blood Shot Eyes from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Do you have a target reader? How long did it take you to write it? If so can you please describe it? Have your work professionally edited. There are so many, but those writers that rise to the top are Lawrence Block and John Sandford. Virtually every major character in the book is based on a real person, some of whom were directly involved in the case I’d investigated. Picciarelli – 26 October 2018
The Back Flap
A ten-year-old double homicide leads private investigator Ray Yale to a psycho ex-policewoman, a megalomaniacal shock-jock with a Svengali complex, and an investigation so bizarre that it could bring down the NYPD. Because I’m currently finishing up my doctorate in criminal justice, I have abandoned commercial writing until May 2019, when I’m scheduled to graduate. Often my completed book has scant resemblance to my outline. I designed it myself but had someone who knows computer graphics bring it to life. This was my first novel, but because of the link to a real case I’d handled, I didn’t experience any struggles. We all know how important it is for writers to read. I don’t edit until I’m finished with a rough draft, unless I recognize a glaring error. Six months. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Both have an excellent ear for dialogue; Block in his Matt Scudder series, and Sandford for his Lucas Davenport series. Teamed with a former detective who has seen better days, Yale must find the reason behind a series of brutal murders before he becomes the next victim. The first Ray Yale novel, Blood Shot Eyes mixes mystery and suspense in chronicling Yale’s determined pursuit of justice. I’ve had the same agent for 18 years. I use a basic outline – a beginning, middle, and end – and go where the story takes me. Writing has always been a passion. I resurrected them, deciding to go with the indie publisher route to experiment with that option. Where did you get the idea from? Patrick W. The books in the Ray Yale series are stories I wrote at the beginning of my writing career. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I write what I know. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? No, I need absolute quiet and isolation. Shortly after my retirement from the NYPD. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Pretty much everything. About You
Where did you grow up? South Western Pennsylvania. I write what I know. About the book
What is the book about? Where do you live now? I plan on continuing with book #3 in the Ray Yale series, and completing my novel in progress, The Crowed Hour. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? The Scudder series is centered in Manhattan, which comes alive as a character, and the Minnesota-based cop Davenport’s dialogue with his fellow cops is the way cops really talk – this observation coming from me, a former NYPD lieutenant. The story is based on a case I handled after I left the NYPD and became a private investigator in New York. What are you working on now? The characters are based on real people, so it was like a stroll down memory lane, with more drama added. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Private Investigator Ray Yale, formerly a lieutenant with the NYPD, is hired to find the killer of a 20-something party girl, a murder which remains unsolved after 10 years. When did you start writing the book? I set a goal of a minimum goal of 1,000 words a day, five days a week.