Jeffrey Littorno spent many years teaching English in the United States before going abroad to teach. Â After living in Kuwait, South Korea, Saipan, and Australia, Littorno returned to the United States and set about achieving his Â dream of writing novels. He now lives in Northern California with his wife Gye Yeol and a growing number of cats. When he is not writing, Littorno teaches prison inmates in Folsom, California.
The ghost story ‘Bloom’s Desk’ is Littorno’s first novel. ‘Soul Hostage’, a dark fantasy, is his second. He is recently finished his third novel ‘The Most Uncommon Cold I: Life in the Time of Zombies’, the first part of a zombie series.
Praise for Jeffrey Littorno’s writing:
“From the very first page, I found myself wound up in the barbed-wire tangle of mixed emotions Littorno uses to ensnare his readers… – April
“His works are evocative of Stephen King, with overtones of H.P. Lovecraft and
a sprinkling of Steinbeck.” – Merry Widow
“Author, Jeffrey Littorno’s, novel was excellent, suspenseful, extremely scary, thriller, that had a mind blowing ending…This is a perfect example of ‘originality’, and not spinning someone else’s story…. It was so thought provoking, that it took me a few days before I could even write this review….The real scary question I have…….. who is author, Jeffrey Littorno and where has he been hiding? I definitely recommend this novel to any reader who is tired of the same thing over an over.” – Robin Lee
What inspires you to write?
“Inspires” is probably not the best word. What “possesses” me to write might be better. When I find myself in the flow of a story, it is difficult to think about anything other than writing. Of course, this doesn’t make it easy to live or work with me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, the “process” starts when I finally force myself to sit down at the keyboard and write, the ideas usually find their way out. It might start as a trickle at first, but it usually picks up as I go. If I am working on a novel and having trouble getting started, reading the last ten or fifteen pages written usually gives me a kick.
With the first book, I tried doing outlines and making notes on where I wanted the story to go. That didn’t last too long. As soon as I started writing, the story sort of took over and showed me where it wanted to go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really talk to them. It’s more like they talk and I listen.
What advice would you give other writers?
Forget the excuses! Sit down and get started. If you just stick with it, you can publish your book. That sounds simplistic, but I truly believe that most things are possible if you just have the determination to put in the time. If you sincerely want to write a book, the only person stopping you is you. Once you have one published and you can see the finished product, it just gets easier.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In college, I submitted a few short stories to magazines and remember the torture of waiting months for responses to come. When I got back to writing after many years, I was thrilled to find that self-publishing did away with all the wait time.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s all about convenience. The Internet allows readers to grab a new book any time they choose. Having one device that is capable of holding a library is pretty incredible. On the other hand, there is just something about holding a book in your hand. I truly believe that both books and eBooks will continue to have their place.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
horror, thriller, mystery, paranormal
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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