VINCENT ZANDRI: I WAS IN A VERY DARK MOOD WHEN I WROTE ORCHARD GROVE
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
The New York Times bestselling writer Vincent Zandri is returning with his new book Orchard Grove. The novel was released on January 12 and already was valuated very high by the readers.
The good friend of Land of books was already our guest. Check out the previous interview with him. Now we are adding some more questions around his interesting character and intriguing new books.
– Vincent, welcome back to Land of Books. You recently released Orchard Grove, tell us about your new novel?
– I wrote Orchard Grove while recuperating from extensive foot surgery not long ago. I was housebound and miserable, since normally, I’m a very active person. I love lifting weights, jogging, hiking, traveling, and just being on the go. I think the only thing I slow down for is to write and read. Orchard Grove is the result of my frustration. Here’s the plot:
Sometimes fences make for nice neighbors. Other times they hide the evil within. Orchard Grove is a town like any other, with quiet neighborhoods and apple groves . . . though Ethan, the depressed screenplay writer, and his secretive wife, Susan, would tell you differently. So would the seductive serial killer living next door.
The apple trees are fertilized with evil, and the backyard fences aren’t enough to stop the manipulative mind games and dangerous lies. The lines between good and evil are blurred, and then erased, as Ethan does what it takes to survive.
– How came the inspiration of the story?
– Like I said in the answer to the first question, I was laid up and in a very dark mood. But I also have been fascinated with noir fiction that involves seemingly normal, everyday people caught up in very abnormal, if not deadly circumstances.
– Last year you received PWA Shamus Award and ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel. Would you compare what is the feeling winning such awards for quality writing compared to the satisfaction of huge book sales?
– I can’t tell you how proud I was to receive recognition as a writer from both my peers and the industry as a whole. I’m kind of an outlier who doesn’t belong to any one group, traditional or indie. I guess I’m a hybrid author who thrives on his independence. Even though I do this for a living, I often go through periods of doubt that I’m any good at all. But the awards were an affirmation that I’m, at the very least, getting better as a writer and still on the right track after all these years.
– When we will see your next novel When Shadows Come and would you unveil something more about it?
– This book is a literary thriller. It’s my most ambitious novel to date, and in some ways, many years in the making. The landscapes are vast…Afghanistan, Venice, New York, etc. The action and romance extremely intense. My main character is suffering from bouts of temporary blindness due to PTSD, so it took quite a bit of research on my part to get that right. My most cinematic novel to date.
– In your previous interview you told that us that you are never standing on one place. What are your traveling plans for 2016?
– Well, I just arrived home a few weeks ago after three months in Europe. For certain I’m heading back to Paris and points beyond for the fall, but travels for this late winter and spring are a bit up in the air due to the release of two major books within a three month span, plus a couple of pulp novels from my Chase Baker Thriller and Jack Marconi PI series.
– How you deal with negative feedback from the readers? Do you take in mind what they don’t like in your books or you just continue to follow your writing style?
– Troll reviewers used to drive me insane. But now I just look at them as poor pathetic people who probably never leave their parent’s basements. A genuine negative review I might look at for its constructive points, but as a rule, I write ‘em as I see ‘em in my head. Same holds true for positive reviews. So long as I remain true to my craft and give my fans, both present and future, a huge bang for their buck, no amount of negative reviews can stop me from my mission which is none other than to write as well as I can.
Take a look at his books
The Innocent (P.I. Jack Marconi)
Murder by Moonlight (Dick Moonlight)
Godchild (P.I. Jack Marconi Series)
The Shroud Key (A Chase Baker Thriller)
Murder by Moonlight (Dick Moonlight)
When Shadows Come