Welcome to my blog. I think it’s only fair if I tell you a little bit about me. The most important thing, as far as this blog is concerned, is that I am an avid reader and a full-time student of the writing craft. Maybe that’s all you need to know and you’ll skip the rest of my bio, but then you’d miss the part about the feral animals.
I grew up in the eclectic city of Trieste, Italy, home of storied coffee houses where James Joyce and Italo Svevo sipped coffee, discussed literature, and sometimes wrote. After retiring from medicine, I opened a gelato shop, which I currently run with my wife. When I’m not churning delicious and unique gelato flavors, I’m either reading, writing, or working on my honey-do list.
So far, I have written two non-fiction books, three medical thrillers and a collection of short stories. My first novel, The Art of Forgetting, won First Place in the North Texas Book Festival Book Awards (2014), and my second novel, Sanguinity Point, was a 2019 Screencraft Cinematic Book Competition finalist. My short story, A Long Stretch of Highway, won Grand Prize at the Dallas Literature + Medicine writing contest in 2015. I have had two short stories published in anthologies in the last twelve months. My newest novel, Moonlight Over Florence, a romantic comedy set in Italy, will be published soon.
I live in the Texas Hill Country, where I seem to attract feral animals. At various times I might be feeding cats, opossums, raccoons, and a variety of birds, including my neurotic blue-and-gold macaw. I have been strictly forbidden to acquire any more pets for the foreseeable future.