Interview with Dan Petrosini and The Final Enemy

Dan Petrosini is passionate about reading, jazz (playing the sax in a couple of bands) and wine.

Dan, for those who don’t know you, introduce yourself, your writing and books

Hi, I’m Dan Petrosini. They say I’m middle aged but I still enjoy acting immature even though I’m married with two wonderful daughters. My wife and I along with our needy Maltese, split our time between NY and South West Florida.  I’ve written five published novels to date: Am I the Killer?, a physiological murder mystery, Complicit Witness, Fictional Crime based on real people and events, Push Back, a story about China and it’s real ‘goals’, Ambition Cliff, an exploration of how much is too much and my latest book The Final Enemy. I am currently working on two others, one about half-way and the other in an early stage.  I am passionate about reading, jazz (playing the sax in a couple of bands) and wine.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been fascinated by books and how they were able to transport me to amazing places as a child. I’m sure I wanted to be the one who wrote those wonderful stories I read but it wasn’t until later in life that I ginned up the courage to put my own stories to paper.

Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it

The Final Enemy was just released and is a Sci-Fi thriller. The book was inspired by a friend, Francesco Morsilli, who had wondered given man’s desire for immortality what would actually happen if we somehow achieved it. I wasn’t convinced it was a genre I could pull off but ideas began to gel and I believe the book does justice to his premise.

What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?

Maintaining the discipline to write consistently. As most writers can attest, we tend to sit down to write but fiddle endlessly with the likes of email and social media before we begin to actually put any words down.

Do you have a specific writing space?

I split my time between places in NY & Florida and have an office with nice desks in each of them. The problem is, I usually don’t do much writing in them.  It sounds crazy but I like moving around to different spots.  Who knows, maybe different environments provoke whatever creativity I have.

What’s your number one piece of writing advice?

Try to write consistently.  It does not have be each day but set a schedule and stick to it.  Even if it just once a week or month, for an hour or two.  It begins to add up, so no excuses.

What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

The Count of Monte Cristo (3rd read), Blink, The Bible and my Kindle, which is loaded with things to be read.

Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?

Big question with no easy answer. I’ve admired and learned from many including Victor Hugo and Hemingway for their ability to elegantly transport readers, as well as current authors like Menkell and Nesbo who explore the darker side of humanity.  Solzhenitsyn also made a huge impression on me in my early twenties about the power of the written word in his soul revealing books.

How do you market your writing?

Ugh! Not a fan of all the effort it takes to market my books.  It soaks up an incredible amount of time and energy that I’d prefer to spend writing.  We are all looking to go ‘viral’ and I had a taste of it with Am I the Killer? when it received a couple of high profile reviews and it took off on its own.

Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?

My other passion, besides wine, is music. I play the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands and like writing, don’t like to but have to do it.

The Final Enemy

by Dan Petrosini

In the face of a death-defying power, what’s the “new normal”?

Like all reporters, Jack longs for a breaking story but is stuck writing obituaries for a small-town rag. As his frustration mounts, it hits him that no one has died in over three days. Jack’s odd observation becomes something far stranger when he connects a meteorite to the bizarre phenomenon.

Seizing the opportunity, Jack breaks the story and after a struggle to control the meteorite’s power is resolved, a swelling population begins to create havoc. With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly horrific measures and desperate citizens take matters into their own hands.

Jack’s in a position to not just report the news, but change it, and his decisions and observations creates an epic thriller that pits the potential of human immortality against a force designed to change – or obliterate – humanity itself.

Only one man might stand in its way … the man buried in the obits department.

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.