Marc A. DiGiacomo is an award winning author of, "In A Small Town." Beginning in 1997, he worked as a police officer in a small town within the State of New York. Most small towns are quiet and safe. However, his town fell victim, to a significant increase in violent crime never before seen (murders, home invasions, police shootings). His department spared no expense and investigations were undertaking to bring these criminals to justice. Marc was involved with cases, and technology most small town cops only dream about resulting in a promotion to the rank of detective. It is these criminal investigations that help create the plots within the pages of the series.
The following questions are taken from Marc's latest interview with author Denise Kahn.
Q. What did you want to be when you were ten, sixteen and thirty? And why?
A. When I was ten I wanted to play professional football for my favorite team, the Miami Dolphins. At sixteen, reality started to enter into my consciousness and my gears shifted towards a possible career in law enforcement. At thirty, I wanted to really concentrate on my detective job but ultimately I wanted to be the best father and husband I could be.
Q. What would your ideal career be if you couldn't be an author?
A. Well, this is bittersweet for me. I really miss my police detective job. I would still be there if I had a stronger spine, LOL.
Q. Do you have a favorite hobby?
A. I guess, writing is my favorite hobby right now but I still like to fish and read too.
Q. How do you relax?
A. Hah! Now that school is back in session, my mornings are a relaxing time to write. As soon as the bus drops off my three boys, it's game time.
Q. What makes you laugh?
A. My kids are hysterical. There's a lot of joking around in this house.
Q. What is your greatest extravagance?
A.My greatest extravagance is... watermelon, I'm obsessed and depressed now that the season for it is ending.
Q. Is there something you regret?
A.Live life with no regrets. This is a short ride.
Q. What one place in the world would you love to visit someday?
A.Europe, all of it, especially Italy.
Q. If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you? And why.
A.Eddie Vedder for music, Chris Rock for entertainment and Tom Hanks, he's had previous experience.
Q. So you're a published author, a celebrity among celebrities at a Hollywood party-what do you do?
A.Be myself, they're just people. They have the same problems and concerns as everyone else in society. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated in return. Would I mention my books, well, maybe?
Q. Who was your greatest influence?
A.I would have to say my wife, Dina. She really encourages me and my writings. Without her constant support, none of this would be possible.
Q. Which fictional character would you most like to have met?
A.Alex Cross, he seems like an honorable detective.
Q. What is your favorite word?
Q. What were three works of art (book, piece of music, painting) that had an effect on you, and perhaps influenced your writing?
A.I am an avid fan of Pearl Jam's music. I listen to their records all the time and have been inspired by their ability to constantly re-invent themselves while holding on to their true selves as musicians. A writer has to have similar abilities in order to write different works of art. Also, the great James Patterson has always produced solid material. I grew up reading his books.
Q. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?
A.Enjoyment. Maybe, even a new found respect for law enforcement which seems to be a hard thing right now in our society. Look, bad cops exist. There's bad in everything, but also, there's an incredible amount of good. I've personally seen both sides to this debate. Police officers have a duty to act even in situations that are questionable to the public. I'm not saying to allow your rights to be trampled, but sometimes our lawful actions aren't the most politically correct. It's a dangerous job and getting worse by the day. Think about it, cops never deal with anything good, it's always bad. My books bring to light this sad truth. Once a cop violates the public trust, they need to be dealt with accordingly. If the people want real change in this country in how police officers interact with the public. Change yourselves, say hello, a gesture of being polite goes a long way. Same goes for the cops. Don't walk around like you're looking for a war at every turn. If you are, go be a soldier, there's plenty of wars to fight. Be respectful of one another.
Q. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
A.Help someone in need. We have lost too many good people to mental illness and worse. Reach out in your communities. Say something, and do something. Always be active and productive. It's so easy to get caught up in the latest technology. We are losing the ability to communicate with one another. Now, we text, post, tweet and update our Facebook status instead of sitting down and communicating with our voices. I'm guilty of this too.