Friday, February 3, 2017

Books: Interview with author Michael Fattorosi

Today, we're introducing Michael Fattorosi, an accidental writer. To find out how he started writing and his interesting background, read on!

Hello, Michael, please tell us a little about you.

I grew up in New Jersey in a little town called Port Reading and have lived in Washington, DC, Virginia, Los Angeles and now I reside in Las Vegas. I am an attorney and have been for the past nineteen years. I specialize in adult entertainment law, in other words, I represent porn stars and studios that make movies for adults. I have also represented more familiar names such as Fox Studios, the Dodgers, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers but for the past thirteen years I have specialized in more risque clients.

What an interesting specialization. I’m sure you have a lot of interesting tales to tell. When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I would not call myself a writer. I think a writer is someone who does it professionally and can earn a living from it. I am a mere storyteller. If you include legal writing, I started writing twenty-two years ago, if not, then just in the last year. I self-published my first novel in November 2016. I actually never wanted to be a writer. My entry into writing was accidental. I have spent twelve years researching a very interesting and lengthy family history, which is the basis for my series. My family has a one-thousand year history in Southern Italy. I would often tell people what I discovered and it usually ended with them telling me that it would make for a fascinating book.
I was in the process of negotiating a literary agent contract for one of my adult clients when I summoned the nerve to give my elevator pitch to the agent. Surprisingly, he liked it so I decided to write it.

A happy accident, you should say. So what genre do you write and what’s your target audience?

My genre is historical fiction, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I don’t know if I have a target audience. I was fortunate to have eighteen beta-readers assist me with my writing and they ranged in age from 16 to 70, male and female and from wide economic backgrounds - professionals, homemakers, students and even two librarians. I try to appeal to the broadest base possible. I suppose, if you were a fan of Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” you would really enjoy my novel.

How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

Just one book published so far, though it is part of a six book series. The second novel is planned for a late May 2017 release date. I plan on releasing a new title every six months. 

It’s a robust plan to release a novel every six months, go for it! Congratulations on the upcoming release. What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

I prefer an Italian proverb - “In vino veritas” which means “In wine there is truth.” 

Ha, that’s a good one! Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I don’t know if I can choose just one favorite author. As a lawyer, Grisham has always been easy to read. Dan Brown is another. Michael Crichton is a third. I like books that are easy to read. Having to constantly perform legal research makes you want something easy when you aren’t working. Ken Follet is a bit more complex but also enjoyable. And for historical non-fiction, I really like Doris Kearns Goodwin’s work.
I cannot say that I have been influenced by anyone’s writing. I am more influenced by my beta-readers and their feedback. I write for others, not myself, so if my beta-readers don’t like something in my manuscript it gets tossed. I try to keep my stories fast paced, moving forward with short chapters. I don’t want my readers getting caught up in unnecessary minutia. I’m not trying to write literature, just something enjoyable. 

If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be, and why?

I don’t know if there is a character from a book I would choose to be. I think if I could choose to be anyone other than myself, it would someone that has devoted their life to helping animals. All of the proceeds of the pre-sales of all my novels have been and will be donated to various charities that assist in making animal’s lives better. I have a 150lb Rottweiler that is more my son than dog. My wife and I got him when I first started my cancer treatments so he has been there for me through some very tough times. The unconditional love you receive from a dog is inspiring.

That’s very sweet. What are you working on now?

I am currently working on my second novel of the “Scrolls” series, yet to be named. I am still outlining it. I should have the outline finished in a few weeks and then the writing begins. I want to release it Memorial Day Weekend before the start of the summer reading season.

And where can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can find me on Twitter at and of course at my website or you can email me directly at

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If you read it, leave a review. If you liked it, tell a friend. If you loved it, tell two friends!
Indie authors need readers’ support to keep doing what they are doing. Writing is the easy part, marketing is the tough part. As an author, any exposure a reader can give me is so very appreciated. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation.
I understand that every time someone buys my novel they are giving me 6-8 hours of their life. I am honored by that and I feel truly blessed for each and every sale.
Thank you for this opportunity as well. 

Thank you for stopping by, and we're wishing you success with your upcoming release and your writing career! 

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