So today we are looking for an ideal woman. I can do that. So who is she, Nic? Come on. There has to be someone out there. Don't be shy. We won't tell.
Wouldn't dream of it Nic...
Yep. I look like that... in my dreams!
Okay. So now we have the fantasy, but where did it begin? Who did you have a crush on when you were young - teenage let's say?
Anyway, I was crushed when my crush only lasted a few episodes in the first season and was replaced by the alien babe of the week for Captain Kirk's love interest. But unlike most people, I actually got to meet my crush... thirty years later at a Star Trek convention I was covering. She was then sixty-six, but still had that gleam in her eye and was incredibly nice. I told her I had a boyhood crush on her and she said, "Yes, I get that a lot."
Richard Armitage, I hope you're listening. :-) But try not to leave it 30 years!
Ha, no! Once I realised I was never going to play centerfield for the New York Mets, I knew I wanted to do something creative. Both my parents worked long hours for little money and impressed upon me the fact that education would lead to a much easier life. My fifth grade teacher encouraged me to write short stories and create a classroom newspaper, so I knew I wanted a future with some sort of writing involved. My first job out of college was that of a newspaper reporter.
Great. So, books; something dear to all our hearts. What books featured strongly in your childhood, Nic?
Well, you're probably expecting Huckleberry Finn or The Hardy Boys but since my mother worked nights I had a habit of "borrowing" books from her bedroom that weren't exactly in the school library. Of course I had to go to confession over this.
The Love Machine / Jacqueline Susann: Racy story of the behind-the scenes machinations in television news. (When I went into the industry, I found out this was pretty much a non-fiction book.)
The Godfather / Mario Puzo: Required reading in every New York area Italian neighborhood, though parents quickly ripped page 27 out of the book. (Sonny Corleone nails a bridesmaid against the door.) After the movie came out, no one bullied me anymore.
When Worlds Collide & After Worlds Collide / Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer: Don't laugh, but the cheesy 1951 sci-fi movie was based on a terrific novel written way back in 1933. The book, which included a sequel, was way ahead of its time and included things like solar powered cars and atomic energy rockets.
So if I get this post wrong, I might end up with a horse's head in my bed, is that what you're telling me? ;-) Moving swiftly on to that 'working long hours for little money' thing... writing! And I hear you've got a new book coming out shortly? How exciting.
Yes, it's called 'Boss Girl'. It's a rom-com about a bunch of female network executives who turn the industry upside down by pairing older attractive women with hot, younger men on anchor teams. I have a young adult title in the pipeline too.
I'm impressed. But if they haven't already read it, I think people should know about 'Wing Girl', your first rom-com, already for sale and getting some really great reviews.
You can contact Nic on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nictatano1 and Twitter @NicTatano and you can buy his book on all good online ebook retailers and of course, at www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/wing-girl