L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella on The Case of the Thwarted Lovers ~ Interview

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Title: The Case of the Thwarted Lovers
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Publisher: Ai Press
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Genre: Crime Fiction, Gay, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Release Date: 04/26/2016


It’s been a long shift for Detective Vincent Pasquale. Back at his desk at the station he finds a phone message from his vampire spouse, Mark, waiting for him.
“Hi. I figured calling your station phone number was more secure than using a cell. Listen our friend Dexter found something about who may have tried to frame Jean-Claude. Turns out that there is a lot more to this thing! It’s big. Jean-Claude and Jaime are meeting me here before we all head over to see Tortego at his offices. We should be there in a half hour and we figure this meeting will run most of the day. If you can join us fine but if not I’ll tell you about it later after your shift is over. Call me.”
A few moments later a report comes into the station about a possible terrorist bomb explosion at a Midtown office building. No survivors are reported. To his horror Vinnie realizes the bombsite’s address is the exact location of Tortego’s offices. In a panic Vinnie rushes to the scene where, out of nowhere, he is shot from behind by an unknown assailant. Its’ four funerals and a wedding, as the newest Julian book unfolds.

Recent Release Spotlight with L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella

We are here today to talk about The Case of the Thwarted Lovers. What can you tell us about it?

I don’t want to delve too deeply in the plot and risk the dreaded “spoiler” but I can say that I chose this book’s title because, if there is one overriding theme in this tale, it is thwarted love. Now I’m using love in a broad sense. Some of the various characters in this story had things as their “love object” and not people. Some lost out and some did not. I will say this. A story arc that arose in the previous Julian mystery book does come to a conclusion.

Please tell us more about our main characters.

Well, Mark Julian, my vampire PI, and his partner, Vincent Pasquale are the main characters. They love each other and both always try to do the right thing. Sometimes, however, the right solution is not clear. In the end, they are both quite human too. I wanted that to be true when it came to Mark. For example, he may be a vampire but Vincent’s diminutive mother can always intimidate him. I try to make all my characters multidimensional so you not only read what people are doing but also know why they are doing it. In this book we also learn more about Mark’s life back in Imperial Rome.

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?

I think you will enjoy the books. I tell people that I try to write “rattling good yarns” and, humbly, I think I’ve done it. Though each book can be read independently, I suggest, to get the full flavor of the people, you read them all J.  You’ll get mystery, trips to Mark’s past lifetimes, love, passion, deaths, betrayal and humor. That sums it up nicely.

What about The Case of the Thwarted Lovers makes you the proudest?

Each of my titles has a bearing on the case to be solved. This one covered the book’s overall storyline. I was happy about it.

What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

Well the world of Mark Julian Vampire PI is pretty involved. New characters come into the stories. Old ones make a return. Yes, there will be more. In the fall of 2016 it will be “The Case With the Feminine Touch”. Naturally Mark is the investigator but in this one all my female characters step up to assist him. Strange alliances are formed. It’s my valentine of sorts to my mom and grandmothers.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Write. Write. Write. Don’t worry if your first efforts are terrible. Practice makes perfect. May I just add this addendum: when you write compose the plot in your head beforehand so you have a map BUT don’t worry if your characters take you into a different direction. I tell people there is the book I thought I was writing and, thanks to my characters’ inputs, the book I found I wrote.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

I enjoy them all. I love feedback even if critical since it makes me strive to be better.

What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

Plot is critical. Always think of the story even if it’s only bare bones.

What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?

Beginning it. Hands down. It is terrifying seeing that first black page.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing a good short story?

Setting out a complex plot and character development with the limitations of this genre

What’s your favorite thing to wear?

Bizarre socks. I love them!

Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

Yes I have done that. If, after a few tries, it just doesn’t work I silently moan about it then junk it. If there are scenes in it that I like and do work then yes, I pluck them out and drop them into the next book or books where apprpriate.

Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?

I do read every one. If the critique is helpful I try to keep it in mind on the next book.

How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?

I’ve no firm rule about it. Sometimes I’ll use a friend’s name. If a character is from a certain continent, then yes that figures in the name. For example, with my Massai vampire, I researched common names among his tribe. If a person is from Ancient Rome then the name reflects it. I’ve changed names in mid-book so no, it doesn’t affect my perception of a character.

How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?

By now, with 21 of them, I certainly do. I have a hand written spiral table filled with notes on “looks”, personality traits and even their inter-relations to other characters.

What book do you keep by your bed?

Whatever mystery or fiction I’m currently reading.

If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?

Friends and family. In the end that is what truly matters.

If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?

Mark Julian. He tries to do the right thing in life, he loves his job, he loves his spouse, he has loyal friends and he lives an amazing life.


If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

I love dogs so it is an easy call.

Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?

Tutti-fruiti ice cream. Yes I searched high and low for it afterwards.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

The Last Jews in Berlin” and as usual, a Dick Grayson comic.:)

Rapid Fire Time

  • Batman or Superman? Superman
  • Salt or Pepper? Salt
  • Neville or Ron? Ron
  • Pickup Truck or Sedan? Pickup Truck
  • Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii
  • Hot air balloon or blimp? Blimp
  • Top or Bottom? To steal from a candy commercial, sometimes you feel like a nut sometimes you don’tJ
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed?

What are you working on?  What is next?

THE CASE WITH THE FEMININE TOUCH (A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #7)

Werewolves assigned to New York City’s supernatural security forces are being snatched while on patrols with their new vampire partners. Worse, these vampires are unable to explain to anyone how the kidnappings occurred. Jean-Claude, the new chief executive of the supernatural council, is stuck in the middle of this rising tension. He ordered these “mixed” patrols, yet now it all seems to be going horribly wrong. Someone has to step in to stop the disappearances and find the missing werewolves. Unfortunately that someone cannot be Mark Julian since Jean-Claude fears having the vampire’s leader investigate the matter would only add to the werewolves’ fury. The circumstances are dire as a war threatens to erupt. Jaime, the shape-shifting sex demon wife of Jean Claude, decides to step in to solve the case. To do so she must reach out to her worst enemy for assistance. She understands this is a very delicate situation but is convinced a solution in this matter only needs just the right Feminine Touch.


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About the Author

About the author

L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess it’s a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.”

When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.

Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.

He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co

Facebook: https://facebook.com/Mystery-writings-of-LG-Fabbo-Gonnella

Website: http://fabbo-gonnella.blogspot.com



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