I am so very pleased to have the opportunity to host Vincent Zandri's Blog Tour today and tomorrow. Today, Vincent has agreed to guest post, and tomorrow, he is giving away a copy of his new book, "Moonlight Falls"! Be sure to come back tomorrow when you can enter to win your own copy as well as read my review about this fascinating book.
Three Things I do Everyday
By Vincent Zandri
It would be wonderful to tell you that I do nothing all day but write. However, life dictates a less romantic reality. While I write for a living, I also have lots of other …let’s call them distractions…that get in the way.
Example: My teenage sons live with me full-time. They need to eat, and everyday finds me driving to the supermarket for food. Other examples of what I do everyday include, running, training with weights, paying bills, making dinner, you name it. It’s the same stuff we all do as parents.
But in terms of my professional writing life, here are three things I do religiously everyday:
- Without fail, I’ll get up early to a fresh pot of coffee and write fiction. I’ll do this until about ten in the morning, at which time I’ll take a break and head out for a run.
- Being a freelance photojournalist, I spend some time after lunch working on assignments. If I’m under pressure to meet a deadline, I’ll give over more of the day to completing it. I never miss a deadline!
- No one is going to buy your new novel if they don’t know about it. So even though I have an awesome and sexy virtual publicist (Pump Up You Book!), I spend a couple hours everyday marketing via social media, which includes Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and more.
If there were a fourth thing I do religiously it would be head out to my favorite dive and have a beer after work. A fifth thing would be reading. A sixth thing would be playing with my beautiful daughter, Ava. A seventh thing would be thinking of the all places I will travel to. The final thing would be sleeping and dreaming of it all over again tomorrow.
Moonlight Falls author, Vincent Zandri, is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called "Brilliant" upon its publication by The New York Post. The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks. Presently he is the author of the blogs, Dangerous Dispatches and Embedded in Africa for Russia Today TV (RT). He also writes for other global publications, including Culture 11, Globalia and Globalspec. Zandri’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine and others, while his essays and short fiction have been featured in many journals including Fugue, Maryland Review and Orange Coast Magazine. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and is a 2010 International Thriller Writer’s Awards panel judge. Zandri currently divides his time between New York and Europe. He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz.