We are our past experiences, besides our education, family, neighborhood, and country environment. I was born in Trenton, New Jersey, which made me an "automatic" natural-born citizen of the U.S.A., but my European heritage was southern Italian. My father was born in Italy and came to America with his family as a youngster. My mother was born in America, but her parents came from southern Italy. So, how can I deny my European background? I grew up listening to stories about the "Old Country." I didn't know it, but I was doing research for the time in the future when I became a writer and wrote my novel about southern Italy titled VENDETTA MOUNTAIN, featuring an Italian-American visiting the hill town of his ancestors and what happens to him and his Irish-American wife, positive and negative. And when I look back over my life, I can easily see where my novels THE BARRIER, SEARCHING, LITTLE OSCAR, and my novella WHERE'S THE PARTY?, came from: my days and years as a schoolteacher and a social worker. MIXED DOUBLES, a novella about dysfunctional hijinks at a tennis tournament, came out of my interests in sports. My private-eye series, featuring Tony Avanti, evolved out of my experiences dealing with people and life and my Italian-American background, starting with AVARICE CAN BE DEADLY, THE DREAM LADY, SPORTS CAN BE LETHAL, THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, TILL DEATH DO US PART and ITALIAN INTERLUDE. And I plan to do more in the future. Writing is my oxygen. If I stopped writing, I'd probably stop breathing. I just hope my fans enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. And I can see why I wrote three self-help titles: GETTING WHAT YOU WANT FROM DIFFICULT PEOPLE, HOW TO BE EMBARRASSMENT PROOF, and NOBODY LOVES ME LIKE I DO; all came out of my desire to teach and to help people. Once a schoolteacher, always a schoolteacher, I guess. I have added two collections of short stories to my Kindle bookshelf, additional novels such as my thriller, THE DARK SIDE OF LUST and two works about Sugar Daddies and their Sugar Babies titled SUGAR DADDIES 101 and CONFESSIONS OF A SUGAR DADDY, a fictional memoir. They were fun to write and the research involved to write them eye-opening, to say the least.