For thirty-seven years, Nick was a union rep. He started working for the union at a very early age and was the youngest representative. While attending St. Peter’s College as a history major, he spent the summer breaks working for the union, liked what he did and never returned to his studies. I want to add at this point that he is a walking encyclopedia of history. I always tell him that he should have become a history teacher. Not only does he know so much, but he tells history as stories and you thoroughly enjoy his tales which are facts. This is coming from me, whose worse subjects were math and history. Math because I couldn’t comprehend all those equations and other silly things and history because it was presented so poorly by the nuns who taught me. During history classes I would sit there, staring out the window, weaving my tales of adventures, knights on white stallions swooping up the princesses who needed to be saved. But, back to Nick. When he went to work for the American Labor Movement, he watched the union representatives writing leaflets, urging the non-union members to join the union. He tried writing the leaflets and liked it. However, he wanted to go further and write about the unions. He also wanted to write about the early pioneers and their accomplishments, but as yet he hasn’t gotten there.
Some of his characters are purely his own imagination, and some are composed of two or three real characters. His male characters are adventurous,happy and sad sometimes, and some are killers but the one thing they all have in common is that they all treat their women with love, affection and kindness. Nick firmly believes that’s how a woman should be treated and he attributes this to the fact that he comes from a gentle and kind family. Talking with him, it’s easy to discover this wonderful attitude toward the female population. And speaking of the opposite sex, his women are loving, loyal, understanding, the back-bone that holds the family together. And most definitely they are beautiful, intelligent women.
With the combination of handsome men and beautiful women, you can’t avoid having sultry love scenes, the kind where the male reader desires the heroine and wants her in his bed, and the female reader wants to reach into the pages of the book, grab the hero and bring him into her real world. It was at this point that I asked Nick if his love scenes are from first hand experience. With a mischievous twinkle in his eyes, he humbly stated that a few are and the rest come from men with big mouths.
His advice for plot planning. “Think deviously.” If you write yourself into a corner, delete that section and start fresh. There is always a way out. And when he gets stuck with a story-line, and I like this one since I’m a water person as well, he stops writing and thinks. He drives to the Jersey Shore and watches the ocean and the waves roll in. Not a bad place to think.
In conclusion, in Nick’s words: “When writing a book, an author plays many rolls. He/she has to be each character. The author is actually in the book. I have fallen in love with two of my female characters. Teresa Carlucci, Men Withour Redemption and Gia Scalia, Summer of Love.” For Nick’s sake, I hope Teresa and Gia understand the meaning of ‘share.’
Nick Gallicchio is presently working on Book 3 of the Summer of Love trilogy and a screenplay. Book 2 of Summer of Love will be available in the Fall of 2013.
Recently, Nick had a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Springfield, N.J. and he is scheduled for several author signings in the Fall of 2013. Watch for the dates at http://www.afewgoodbookspublishing.com or http://www.nickgallicchio.wordpress.com. His books are available from http://www.afewgoodbookspublishing.com., Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble. Kobo.com and you can buy them as Ebooks or paperbacks. Nick and grandson at Book Signing