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Published:November 3rd, 2011 00:28 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Tony Piazza, Author of 'Anything Short of Murder'

Judyth Piazza interviews Tony Piazza, Author of 'Anything Short of Murder'

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Tony Piazza was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Always the dreamer from his days as a youth, he formed a fondness for two types of escapism: books and films. Over the years he has immersed himself in both, reading just about every type of literature to hit the shelves, from Verne to Twain, and L`Amour to Shakespeare. But of all the genres, he was particularly fond of stories dealing in mystery and espionage, repeatedly placing them at the top of his reading list. He spent hours devouring the written words of Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Ian Fleming, and being thrilled by their creations, such as secret agent James Bond, or mesmerized by the exploits of the detectives Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, savoring every moment as these literary heroes either saved the world or solved perplexing crimes in their own unique way. He also spent many Saturday afternoons in the cinema cheering on some of these literary counterparts brought to the screen. Incidentally, this fascination with films eventually led him to train in acting, as well as into an examination of what goes on behind the motion picture camera through studies in cinematography techniques.

Overall, he has enjoyed a long and varied professional career. He was employed in the film industry for 10 years during the 1970`s as an actor and stand-in, during which he worked for Quinn Martin Productions on television productions such as The Streets of San Francisco ", which aired from 1972 to 1977. He also did occasional work for Warner Brothers Studios in movies featuring such legends as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood.

In 1980, he earned a Biology degree from San Francisco State University, which subsequently led to work in scientific research at U.O.P and the U.C.S.F., and finally as a Histology Technician for the Pathology Department at San Francisco`s Veteran`s Administration Hospital. As a Biologist, he co-authored several research papers published in scientific journals.

Presently, he lives with his wife on the beautiful California Central Coast, where he is employed as an Assistant QA Manager for a food safety laboratory.

Perhaps as a result of growing older, he recently started looking nostalgically back at an earlier form of fiction, detective mystery pulps. In his attempt to create something new, he decided to return to something old to reintroduce the excitement that modern readers are missing today, combining his years of enjoyment in literature with his background in the film industry and love of motion pictures. With a dash of his knowledge of police procedures thrown in, having grown up around a father employed in law enforcement, he has written this, his first fictional novel.

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