The Next Big Thing Blog Hop: Jerry Guarino

When I participated in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop last week, I invited Jerry Guarino to participate. Jerry doesn’t have his own blog, but he does have a great collection of work as well as a nice website. Now sit back and find out what Jerry’s up to next.

JG: I am honored to share with you today. My short stories are stranger than truth, but are based on real life events. The challenge for readers is to separate facts within the fiction. My strange and wonderful life is there for all to see.


What is the working title of your book?

50 Italian Pastries: short fiction for people too busy to read a novel small full cover

Where did the idea come from for your book?

It’s a combination of life experiences and a vivid imagination, in other words, truth and fantasy.

What genre does your book fall under?

There are 50 stories in this collection and they cover a wide range of genres from literary, quirky romance, mystery to science fiction with influences from Chekhov, Kafka, Salinger, Beckett, Poe, O. Henry and Mikhail Zoshchenko.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

With over 150 characters, we could cast most of Hollywood.  I would include Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Monica Belluci, Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks on NCIS: Los Angeles), Will Estes or Ben McKenzie (aren’t they the same guy?), Jennifer Esposito, any number of James Bond actors, Bond girls and Daniella Van Graas (the Dutch model that does the Aveeno commercials), basically lots of beautiful people discovering that life doesn’t always turn out as they want it to.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

This book will fulfill all your emotional needs to laugh, cry and think, all in one convenient package.

How long did it take for you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This collection began in 2011 so the entire book took two years, although all the stories have been published in magazines in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Great Britain.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

One magazine editor compared my work to Jose Saramago, although most people who read my stories consider my style unique.  I really haven’t read any authors like me although I’m sure I have been influenced by many of them.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Most people can’t tell how my stories will end, but the trip is always fun.  I must be doing something right.

Next on The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (look for their posts around January 9th):

Victoria Watson

Samantha Moore


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