Friday, December 11, 2009

What is Gregory Funaro reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Gregory Funaro, author of The Sculptor.

His entry begins:
At present, I am trying to catch up on my Peter Straub — picked up lost boy lost girl last week, but have only been able to get about halfway through it in between my own writing and my daughter’s late night feedings/dirty diaper changes (she was born on August 30). I hate having to put this book down. Told from the POV of a writer who is trying to solve a mystery surrounding the suicide of his sister-in-law, it’s part mystery, part serial-killer thriller, part ghost story so far — a real treat, and I look forward to seeing how all the threads will get woven together in the end. Peter Straub is one of the true masters of the genre — always manages to combine the horrific and twisted with the truly inspirational — and I encourage younger readers who may not be familiar with his work (and who appreciate dark fiction with a more intellectual bent) to begin with Ghost Story and just start knocking off the rest of his canon. In the Night Room is next for me, and I look forward to...[read on]
Gregory Funaro has worked professionally as an actor, and is currently an associate professor in the School of Theatre & Dance at East Carolina University, where he teaches, acts and directs.

The Sculptor, his first novel, is out this month. Among the early praise for the novel:
"A stone-cold thrill ride! Unique and unexpected twists make this one a keeper!"
—Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Malice and Left to Die

"It reminded me of why I loved The Silence of the Lambs so much."
—Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of Victim Six and A Cold Dark Place

"The Sculptor is a masterful mix of Michelangelo and murder by a gifted author. Funaro provides clever plotting and plenty of suspense. This one's a thinking reader's thriller that engages the mind yet punches hard to the gut. Michelangelo would be proud."
—John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill and In for the Kill
Visit Gregory Funaro's website to learn more about The Sculptor and to view the video trailer for the novel.

Writers Read: Gregory Funaro.

--Marshal Zeringue