Shadow of the Gypsy
by Shelly Frome
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Miami, Florida when it was just a sleepy little town as a member of what was known as the silent generation—always going along, making no waves, more or less accepting the status quo. That is, until my sophomore year at the University of Miami when I was introduced to the theater and began to realize my whimsical sensibility needed a much more creative outlet. This eventually led to a stint as a starving actor in New York, a career as a college professor at the University of Connecticut, playwriting and, more recently, novel writing.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I find I have to learn a lot more about the world of the novel I’m delving in. So, for instance in “the Gypsy,” I read all the books I could get ahold of on Gypsies, Romany life, and the Red Mafia’s tactics in organized crime.
Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?
Just the opposite. I sometimes wish I could get writer’s block so that I could enjoy some restful sleep.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Read as many books as you can by your favorite authors until you’ve narrowed down the field, try your hand at it, and pass your effort on to a reputable editor for hire who will apprise you of your strong points as well as your shortcomings. Keep at it until you’ve steeled yourself against the inevitable rejections and take it from there even if you have to eventually resort to self-publishing. As long as you feel you have to write no matter what, the process instead of the results will see you through.
When you are not writing what do you like to do?
Take Baxter, my golden doodle for a walk or a ride, and mingle with my friends and acquaintances to keep from becoming a recluse after my wife suddenly passed away.
How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?
It’s severely limited my interplay with the real world and thrown off my sense of balance and interplay.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I’d go to Europe and Spain and many non-tourist locales to expand my horizons and perspective on life.
What is next on the horizon for you?
I’m deep in a novel with the working title Fast Times / Big City to return to my sojourn in a Manhattan that no longer exists, where you could almost afford to be a starving actor and everything fills you with a sense of wonder and possibility.
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About Shadow of the Gypsy
Shadow of the Gypsy
Crime – Thriller – Love Story
Setting – The Blue Ridge, The Litchfield Hills, and Waterbury, CT
BQB Publishing (May 3, 2022)
Paperback : 340 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952782570
ISBN-13 : 978-1952782572
Digital ASIN : B09HST8WP5
Print length : 280 pages
Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he’d begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she’d have him) and, at long last, live a normal life.
After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form John had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that — a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way.
And no matter where he was, he wouldn’t travel south over eight hundred miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn’t be, not now, not after all this.
Great Escapes Praise for Shadow of the Gypsy
by Shelly Frome
If you like mysteries with good versus evil, this may be a story you’d like. Shadow of the Gypsy is fast-paced and filled with characters you love to hate. There was intrigue and suspense throughout, and I’m ready for the next book!
Frome tosses the reader into the deep end almost immediately and you’ll be turning pages well past your bedtime to find out how it all turns out.
~Nellie’s Book Nook
More About Shelly Frome
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at UConn, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He also is a features writer for Gannett Publications. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio: A History and a guide to playwriting and one on screenwriting, Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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