I'm happy to have Dan Romanello give us an interview and a quick peek into how he developed his new coming-of-age thriller, PAPERBOY. This interview was possible through iRead Book tours. Please find his interview below along with the details and a giveaway!
Thank you for joining us, Dan.
Were any of the characters in PAPERBOY based upon real-life people you have known?
The short answer is no. All the characters were derived from my wildly vivid imagination, although some of the book’s villains share characteristics with people you may be reminded of and that was done intentionally as part of the extrapolation feature of the writing.
Are you sure Dylan Tomassi is not based on you?
That’s probably the most frequent question I get from readers, and the answer is a resounding no. Dylan is tall, handsome, smart, and extremely well-grounded. He came from a hardscrabble background and became incredibly wealthy and successful. Along his journey, he is guided by an unrelenting work ethic and strong moral compass and his somewhat naïve outlook allows him to view the ways of the world through an apolitical perspective of common sense and reasonableness. He’s almost too good to be true, and I am far from that.
Is there anything that you and Dylan have in common?
We both grew up in Connecticut, had paper routes, and relocated to Florida after graduating from college. We also both enjoy sports and fitness. The similarities pretty much end there.
The central characters in the book, Dylan, Alex Malloy, and Esther Lott are all very different but equally likable and relatable. How did you go about creating such awesome characters?
My primary objective in writing the book is to entertain readers and provide them with an escape. When I read fiction, particularly a series, I am always drawn to books where I develop an affinity for the recurring characters, and so I tried to do the same. Additionally, the three you mentioned all play very different roles in the story and their personalities and characters lend credibility to the situations they find themselves in.
At times the book goes into terrific detail on the background of various subjects, including the college sports recruiting process, the state of the newspaper industry, and the criminal justice system. Where do you get that information and is it all fact-based?
Regarding the subjects you mentioned, it’s no coincidence that I have, at various times in my life, coached college athletics, worked in the newspaper industry and served as an assistant state attorney. So much of the detail regarding the inner workings are drawn from real-life experience. The storylines themselves are fictional, but I do try to be factually accurate when describing the fundamentals of the various institutions.
What can we expect to see from Dylan in the future?
You won’t have to wait much longer. He will be back soon in the second book in the series, BLINDSIDED JUSTICE. As of now, no release date is set, but it will be sometime in the spring. For a preview, you can go to my website at authordanromanello.com.
Thank you Dan for this interview, we're so excited to read PAPERBOY and anticipate BLINDSIDED JUSTICE.