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Thank you for your interest in my books! I would love the opportunity to take part in an interview, help you with a news story, or participate in a review or giveaway. To make your job a little easier, some of the information you may need will be found below. If what you need is not here, or you would like to follow up on additional details, please do not hesitate to contact me, using the contact link above. Thanks a million! – Dave
David J Antocci is a noted wordsmith, blogger and author. Before penning novels, he spent many years regularly featured on the Worcester Telegram and Gazette website where he wrote about the trials and tribulations of being a real life Mr. Mom. While his first love is music, he has put down the guitar in recent years in order to pour his passion into writing… and the gentle tap of the keys on his laptop are much less disruptive late at night when the children are sleeping. The ESCAPE books are his first published foray into fiction. He lives in New England with his beautiful wife and children.
ESCAPE, A New Life
After saving a drowning man during a savage storm, Abby wakes up in a tropical paradise in a fight for her life. She has no idea how she got there, and notices changes in herself that she cannot explain. Haunted by unsettling dreams of her past, she meets up with Eric, and together they set out to escape. Standing in their way is a madman, and his band of willing followers, with a mind set on murdering their unwelcome visitors. An eccentric hermit who has been living there for years offers them refuge, but they must deny his generosity. Escape is their only option. Yet, they discover this deceptive paradise is harder to leave than they had ever imagined. One mystery leads to another, until their escape throws them into even greater danger as Abby’s frightening past finally catches up with her. Her escape is only the beginning.
ESCAPE, Past Sins
Abby and Eric’s story continues in this exciting follow up to ESCAPE, A New Life.
Abby has put her past in the rearview mirror and carved out a life with Eric on an isolated island; their own personal slice of paradise. But after having her new life shaken to the core, Abby comes out of hiding to get her memory back and reunite with the part of herself she left behind – though nothing can prepare her for her forgotten sins and the dangerous men awaiting her return.
Coming out of their self-imposed exile, Abby and Eric embark on a journey to the other side of the world. They have a plan to reclaim a piece of her past and forever bury the secret location of their new life, creating a peaceful future for themselves.
Stalked on their journey by guardian angels and instruments of the devil alike, their plan comes to fruition, but at the ultimate cost. While she can run, Abby cannot escape her frightful past.
ESCAPE, Dead End
Strap in and get ready for the thrilling conclusion to the ESCAPE series, as Abby declares war on her enemies in the fast-paced take no prisoners story that is ESCAPE, Dead End.
Nearly a year after the love of her life was murdered in front of her eyes, Abby sets out on a path of revenge and will not rest until the man responsible pays for his crimes. After being shot and having her leg broken at the hands of this madman, Abby has spent every ounce of her strength on recovery, though revenge has never strayed from her mind. Afforded the best rehab money could buy, combined with her mission to become the most formidable one-woman army anyone could reckon with, Abby is ready to exact her revenge. Though, she is a loaded gun without a target as Bryce had fallen off the map and remains protected by the mob. When Ava goes missing, Abby knows there is only one person who could be responsible. She takes the fight to the enemy’s doorstep and will tear down anyone who gets in her way.
Reunited with an ally from her past, Abby sets her sights down a road with no exit. There is no other path. She will slay the man who has tortured her life for the past decade, or die trying.
Author Q & A
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably in middle school. My sister and I changed schools when I was in 5th grade, and I had a very tough time adjusting, so I turned to reading. A few years later I started writing short stories that I would print out on our old dot-matrix printer and distribute to family and friends. I’ve pretty much never stopped writing since.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. ESCAPE, A New Life is my first published novel. I chipped away at the outline for about a year while I was writing another book. That other book took me nearly two years to write. When I really got down to the business of writing ESCAPE, from the beginning to the final draft took about six months.
What do you think makes a great story?
Characters first. As a reader, if I don’t care about the character, I don’t care about their story. Beyond that, I think a great story comes down to adversity and conflict.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Haha! I write whenever I can. Playing Mr. Mom to two toddlers by day, having an evening job, and a photography business I run – free writing time is hard to come by. Usually very early in the morning and very late at night when the rest of the house is asleep, I’m able to get some good work done. Every now and then I can sync up the kids nap times and find an hour in the afternoon as well. It’s not easy, that’s how I know I love it.
How do you balance family and writing?
That certainly is a challenge. I’m very fortunate that I get to take care of my kids during the day, however with my work schedule it’s very rare for my wife and I to be home at the same time. I try to use that time strictly for family time, though every now and then my wife will distract the kids so I can have a writing break.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Where don’t I get ideas?! The world is an amazing place, and everyone has an interesting story to tell. If I’ve had a conversation with you, I guarantee that I’ve tucked part of our conversation away in the back of my head for a story idea. I also love to people watch, and make up stories about what I’m seeing. Even if I don’t have my laptop in front of me, I’m constantly writing in my head.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s?
That marketing a book is just as hard as writing one… if not harder!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Three – this one is my favorite, thus I decided to publish it. The others were more of a learning experience for me, but who knows, with some tweaking, maybe they will see the light of day in the future.
Are your characters based on anyone you know?
There are certainly elements of people I know that show up in characters, but no character is based on any particular person. Lots of authors will base a character on themselves. I remember reading an interview with Tom Clancy and they asked him who Jack Ryan (the Harrison Ford character in the movie versions) was supposed to be? He said, “Who do you think? He’s me!” I can’t say I did that either though. Well… maybe one character would be a wishful thinking version of Dave; I’ll let you figure out who that is though.
How hard is it to get published?
Well if you publish independently, it’s not that hard at all. Of course that’s the drawback – that it’s not all that difficult. Even if you’re not someone like me who is very technically savvy and can do most of the work yourself, there are plenty of people out there who will take care of the process for you – for a price. Given how easy that is, there are a lot of lower quality books out there. So the hard part isn’t getting published, it’s making your novel stand out as one of the good ones!
What do your family and friends think about your books?
So far they have all loved it. Of course my grandmothers have not read it yet… I feel that there’s definitely a lecture or two in my very near future.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’ve been a musician all my life, though with work and family responsibilities I haven’t played in a band for a few years, yet there’s still nothing more relaxing than sitting down with my guitar. These days I’m very into exercise, mostly running. I’ve done a few half marathons in the past couple of years. I’m still a voracious reader at heart, so when things are quiet you will find me curled up on in my chair with a good book.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
When I was a very young child in grade school I distinctly remember that I couldn’t decide whether I was going to be Pope, or be the President. Neither of those career paths worked out of course, but I’m still young. When I realistically thought about what I want to do with my life when I got older, I wanted to be a teacher. I still do, and hope to find myself in front of a classroom for my second career a few years down the road.
What are your favorite books and which authors inspire you?
My tastes are fairly diverse. Jules Verne was the first author I really latched onto when I was younger, and I still enjoy reading his books. I just re-read Around the World in 80 Days last year. Alexandre Dumas is another one of my favorites, The Count of Monte Cristo is still the most enjoyable book I’ve ever read. I loved Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving can always be counted on for an inspired read. But if I just want to lose myself in a good book and not have to think too much, you can’t go wrong with John Grisham. I’ll read anything with his name on it, and love it!
What are you working on now?
The sequel of course! Writing is my passion, and there is so much more story to tell! ESCAPE, A New Life, is the first in a series of three novels. I’ve heard from readers that they desperately want to know about Abby’s past! Well, I can guarantee you will learn all about that in the next book, and you won’t believe where she goes from there. The next book is scheduled to be release in late Spring, 2014! Join my email list or follow me on Facebook for updates and previews!
Subtitle: A New Life
Genre: Thriller, Action/Adventure
No. of pages in Print Edition: 313
Formats available: Paperback and Kindle eBook (Coming to Nook and Kobo, Fall 2013)
Publisher: David J Antocci
Release June 30th, 2013Share