Thursday, June 8, 2023

Interview With Author M Phyllis Riccobuono Carver


1. What inspired you to write this book?  I lived that “Las Vegas Life” since 1964 to the present. I loved it and wanted to share it, but I was raised in a first generation Sicilian-American loving and kind family. My father, Arasimo Salvatore Riccobuono, and my mother, Carmella Theresa Muscare, were both born in the United States of America and very proud of it. Both the Muscares and the Riccobuonos were good hard working and proudly honest United States citizens, who were born in 1920 in the USA. Their families were hardworking bakers and tailors.  

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? I wrote it for myself and the wonderful people, who I loved and who I will always love. Plus, I loved my job and wanted to share my experiences with people. We have lots of wonderful people in our country, and we need more smiles in our world.  

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? Fun, entertainment, and the knowledges of old Las Vegas, it’s hard times, it’s great times, and all the good people involved in the wonderful Las Vegas experience.  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? I lived the Las Vegas Life. The book’s cover picture was a gift to me from a wonderful couple, who were my customers from Buffalo, NY. They owned a photography studio there. They took that photo of me on their last trip to Las Vegas, NV.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? Keep trying. Don’t ever give up on your positive dreams. It will happen when you meet the right connections. It will all be worth it in the end, but always keep your present family in mind. They are truly your gifts.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? Only upwards. From my personal experience, I love holding a good read in my sleepy hands and the next day jumping up to read more. Books are not only entertaining, they are comforting and relaxing as well. Unless, of course, you enjoy reading those frightening novels. 

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? The entire book is about my young life in Vegas, and that of my family members, and beyond that time to the present. I’ve included so many different stories from my past to the present in my trilogy. The present is a gift that took many years of earning. I was just most fortunate to grow up in a good hard working first generation’s American Vet’s family, who knew God.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? Every writer has his or her own style. I feel that I write from my heart with some humor, as if we were sitting down and talking casually. Every once and awhile, I may throw in a real zinger, but that’s only because it really happened!  

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? Teaching myself to type on and use computers! It is still a challenge to me. The stories flow from my mine, but my fingers have a difficult time keeping up with my thoughts. However, I save lots of paper that I once used. It’s easier to correct things on a computer then on paper if you don’t forget and swipe up!  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? Purely for entertainment, fun, a thrill, and the knowledge of old Vegas. There were lots of frightening things that happened in old Vegas especially downtown! The town started to boom again when I was a teenager. Our town was a mixture of many different of people and nationalities, but we considered ourselves Las Vegans and we were united. Las Vegas was like country, if you broke down or had a flat tire, the first person arriving at the scene stopped and helped. Can you imagine that now a days?


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