More About the Author
Writers Guild of America/west,
International Thriller Writers Assn.,
Mystery Writers of America
Anthony's background as a trained stage actor with over 2,000 performances as an Actors Equity member provides the primary basis for his critically acclaimed ability to empathize with a wide cross-section of personalities. [See his reviews at Amazon.com.] He is able to convincingly write in a number of distinctly different literary voices. His film and documentary experience are also of great use in telling narrative stories that also have film or television potential.
He was selected for the prestigious American Film Institute fellowship in Screenwriting, and received his MFA in writing there in 1990 after winning AFI's Paramount Studios Fellowship Award for his script, The Frog's Legacy. He was then selected out of 2,000 entrants for the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.
In 1995, his first nonfiction book, A Checklist for Murder, was acquired in auction by Dell Books as a mass market paperback and turned in solid sales. Anthony adapted his book as a two-hour television movie script and sold it to NBC Studios for a movie of the week. For the next several years, he worked as a freelance script doctor and story editor.
In 2002, Anthony was hired by the Discovery Channel to write a two-hour documentary entitled Deadly Spree, based on a true story, which still airs. His true crime writing was also featured on a one-hour episode of The Prosecutors for Court TV.
In 2003, Anthony served as a national Judge for the Illinois Arts Council, writing individual evaluations for over 100 screenplays for their 2003 Writing Awards. He also worked on finishing his longest running project, the historical novel, Tesla's Best Secret. His screenplay adaptation of that novel was a finalist in the Alfred Sloan Fellowship for Sundance in 2003.
Throughout 2004, in addition to his own writing, Anthony served as a freelance editor for books and book proposals that have recently sold to Hay House, Vanderwyck & Burnham, and Rodale Press. He also wrote book proposals for other authors who have gone on to garner publication contracts with Rodale Press, Random House, and St. Martin's Press.
During 2005, Anthony completed his nonfiction book Tiny Dancer for Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martin's Press, and the advance copy was selected by Reader's Digest as their Editor's Choice for August, 2005 -- their 1,000th Commemorative Issue. The Kansas City Star named Tiny Dancer "one of the Top 100 Noteworthy Books of 2005." The book's Italian translation: "La Danzatrice Bambina," is still a bestseller in Europe.
Also in 2005, he edited the first two manuscripts for a new series of humorous books written by gay and straight couples, called E-Musings, which have sold to Marabout for French translation.
In April, 2006 Anthony sold his first two novels of a historical fictional series to Ballantine/Random House. The first book, "The Last Nightingale," was released in Spring, 2007 to rave reviews in the NY Times and around the world. The second, "The Hidden Man," was released in spring of 2008, and has found a wide readership.
In November of 2009, Anthony published "The Road Out Of Hell" from Sterling Publications to rave reviews from the international marketplace and solid domestic sales.
In the same month, Writer's Digest Books released "Publish Your Nonfiction Book," co-authored with Literary Agent Sharlene Martin. The book has already become an important how-to manual for every writer seeking mainstream commercial publication.
Anthony Flacco Print Media Credits:
Reader's Digest Magazine
Stars and Stripes Newspaper [military paper sent to all U.S. combat forces]
Events Quarterly Magazine
Books written by Anthony Flacco:
A Checklist For Murder - Dell Books
Tiny Dancer - St. Martin's Press
The Last Nightingale - Ballantine/Random House
The Hidden Man - Ballantine/Random House
The Road Out Of Hell - Sterling Publishing
Publish Your Nonfiction Book - Writer's Digest Books
Deadly Spree (2-hour) The Discovery Channel
The Prosecutors -- Court TV
L.A. Forensics - Court TV
Recent Editorial Credits -- Published Books
The Mommy Chronicles, Hay House
Front of the Class, VanderWyck and Burnham
But You Knew That Already, Rodale Press
The Postcard Killer, Avalon Books
He Typed...She Typed, Marabout Publishers, France
Philosophy of work:
With my screenwriting background, I make it a point to write in strongly visual terms. I believe that the most important part of any storytelling endeavor is to get into the heart and mind of the central characters. Even the most diverse personalities will share various common traits, and those traits can be the keys for creating strong characters on the page. The Who, What, When, and Where of a story are same the things that are covered in any journalistic approach. But the Why of any person's behavior is always a mother lode of fascinating twists and turns in human personality.
As a writer of nonfiction books and book proposals, I focus on stories that make genuine and powerful statements about the positive side of human nature. Often, that means delving long and hard into very dark places, in order to understand the story's conflict. But I am only interested in pursuing stories with an honest and compelling expression of hope. Literary expressions of despair are an easy way for a writer to affect a worldly appearance, but I see such points of view as failures of insight.
Video interviews and excerpts are available online at: www.AnthonyFlacco.com