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Gary Ponzo
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WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT AUTHOR
I wanted to title this post, “What is a Published Author,”
but changed my mind when I realized there was a deeper issue I wanted to
address.   When I received my acceptance
notice from Potato Eyes Literary Magazine for my first short story “Saving the
World...

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5 THRILLER AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ
There are so many books to read and so little time.   Over the past few years I’ve discovered a
pattern in my reading habits: I’d read an author I’ve always liked— Lee Child and
Elmore Leonard for example—then I would branch out to find someone new.   It’s ...

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SHOULD PRESIDENT OBAMA BE TRIED FOR TREASON FOR WIRE-TAPPING TRUMP TOWER?
No.

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SURPRISING SERVICE THE FBI PROVIDES TO WRITERS
When I first created my Nick Bracco character some fifteen
years ago, I had very little knowledge of how the FBI operated outside of what
I’d seen on TV and in the movies.   It was
Nick’s Mafia cousin Tommy that I had a much better grasp of, since I was sur...

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ELMORE LEONARD IS ALIVE AND WELL
Elmore Leonard has had a profound effect on my writing
career.   Anyone who’s familiar with my
Tommy Bracco character knows what I’m talking about.   Before I began reading Elmore’s work, characters
always seemed to have a stilted tone to their dialogue.   ...

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WHY WRITERS CONTROL THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
There’ a famous scene in the 1992 movie, The Player, in
which a young Hollywood executive played by Peter Gallagher tells the veteran
executive, Tim Robbins, “Who needs writers, this thing writes itself.” And honestly, there’s a segment of the entertainment...

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HOW TRUMP HAS GREATLY IMPROVED THE LIFE OF A NOVELIST
Sometime in early 2001 I sent a copy of my manuscript, A
Touch of Deceit, to a top literary agency in New York City.   Initially the book was rejected because the agent
had a tough time believing that the U.S. would ever get involved with a Kurdish
uprising...

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FICTION COINCIDES WITH REALITY
When I began writing my latest Nick Bracco thriller, A Touch
of Defiance, I had no idea how closely it would emulate national events.   My character, Leo Frazier, is a closet bigot
who’s attempting to overthrow the government with his collection of disaffec...

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HOW TO WRITE A THRILLER
I don't do how-to's very often.  It sounds pompous to have the recipe for a good thriller locked up into one blog post.  However, I do have some tips to help authors who endeavor to write thrillers.  There are certain ingredients to the recipe that make for...

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HOW NICK BRACCO BECAME AN FBI AGENT
When Nick Bracco was just 16, his parents were gunned down
by gangbangers in their hometown of Baltimore.   We learn about this event in the short story, In the Beginning .   Nick ends up living with his cousin Tommy and
they become inseparable.   They spen...
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