About the Author
A graduate of Pace University, Richard Cibrano is a freelance author and serious student of history. His first novel, Dead Reckoning, a political thriller about the Cold War and the death of JFK, was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Historical Fiction Category. A successful businessman, he lives with his wife and son in New York.
1. Tell us the story behind the story. How did UNTHINKABLE come to be?
My novel Unthinkable is an outgrowth of my fascination for the classic transatlantic ocean liners, and the historical appeal of pre-World War One New York City.
2. What was the most challenging aspect of writing UNTHINKABLE?
The most challenging aspect of the project was to remain as historically accurate as possible without compromising the plot.
3. What is the message you want readers to take away from your book?
Look at things with an open mind, and never assume the official findings of an investigative commission is correct.
4. Describe your background.
I come from a middle-class, Italian-American family. I am currently the president of the family business my father began nearly fifty years ago.
5. Describe your writing schedule. Do you outline? Any habits?
I am primarily a morning writer. On weekends, I am up early, and write until mid-day. During the week, I arrive at work early and devote at least one hour to writing before beginning my workday.
6. What books are on your nightstand? What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. Prior to that, I read Stephen King’s 11/22/63.
7. Which authors inspire you?
Robert Littell, Michael Crichton, and Caleb Carr immediately come to mind as the most inspirational fiction writers. Anthony Summers heads my list of favorite non-fiction authors.
8. What have you learned from this experience?
I learned that J.P. Morgan’s empire extended much farther than I realized, and that he had a grand scheme to monopolize ocean and rail travel.
9. What is your advice for aspiring writers?
I urge writers never to lose sight of the fact that writing is a skill to be enjoyed, and never let an intimidating publishing marketplace discourage you.
10. What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a novel, set in 1960’s New York, about a serial killer and the detective team hunting him.
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