JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Giacomo Giammatteo, author of Necessary Decisions: A Gino Cataldi Mystery
(Inferno Publishing Company)
Gino Cataldi is a man hanging on by a thread. Cancer took his wife, and drugs put his son in rehab. All he has left is his badge.
When a teenage girl is kidnapped, it brings back nightmares from the worst case he ever worked—the one that tore his life to shreds and forced him out of Philadelphia.
Gino doesn’t want this case, but he knows he has to take it. Not just to save the girl, but to earn redemption for what went wrong in Philly.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Necessary Decisions: A Gino Cataldi Mystery?
Giacomo Giammatteo: When I wrote Necessary Decisions, the A Gino Cataldi Mystery series was a new series for me. I already had two other series with different characters, and A Gino Cataldi Mystery was intended to be more plot-driven, in comparison.
JP: What sets Necessary Decisions apart from other books in the same genre?
GG: I like to think the character development is very strong in everything I publish. In the A Gino Cataldi Mystery series, the plots are more complex, but the character development is still strong in Necessary Decision.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Necessary Decisions getting out to the public?
GG: According to many of the reviews, the characters in my books come across as “real,” which draws the readers into the stories more.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Necessary Decisions?
GG: I always thought I wrote fast, but “fast” to me was four or five books per year. Then I had two heart attacks and two strokes, which left me disabled. I couldn’t even type for 18 months. When I finally learned again, I dived into writing full time, as I had nothing else to do.
In 2017, I broke the world’s record for most books written in one year, with 37. I can usually finish writing a book in less than a month, then it takes time to get beta readers and to get it edited and proofread.
JP: What’s next for Giacomo Giammatteo?
GG: More books. I need to finish this Gino Cataldi series, and also a fantasy series I started. I am also working on a few children’s books and some more books on grammar.