Tom Ulicny, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Life is a constant struggle for artist Nate Parks until one morning when a murder and two very different women change everything.
Once promising artist, Peter Caruso, has not been seen or heard from in five years. When he is found shot to death in a dingy New York Apartment, his boyhood pal Nate is horrified. Who on earth would want to kill Peter? And where had Peter been for those five long years?
Nate’s search for answers gets messy when he becomes entangled with a young, well-connected socialite and a street-smart gal who, like Nate, is just trying to make ends meet. Risking more than he realizes, Nate rides an emotional roller coaster into the dark and dangerous world of a Peter Caruso he never knew. It’s within that world that he discovers the truth about love, the truth about Peter and the truth behind a group of forty masterpieces that come to be known as The Caruso Collection.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Tom Ulicny whose book The Caruso Collection thrilled and shocked me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love mysteries with a twist but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Tom Ulicny, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Tom will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Tom Ulicny!

I am a lifelong resident of Michigan and presently live in the Detroit area. I am proud to have three beautiful daughters and four grandchildren who keep me busy with all their goings-on and, in doing so, help me to keep my priorities straight. I’m a retired engineer and business executive and hold several degrees from Wayne State University. Besides my wonderful family, I enjoy travel, woodworking, guitar and, of course, writing. I now write full time, have completed three novels with a forth in the near-final-draft stage.

Now, how wonderful does Tom Ulicny sound?! Tom is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Tom’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Tom which is written differently to what you are used to! Because Tom has written his answers in a different way and I love how he did so I want to keep it this way for you book lovers!

So, what got into me with this writing thing?

I’ve always enjoyed books and I’ve always admired people who write them. Consequently, I’ve always wanted to be one of them.

Writing a book, whether fiction or non-fiction is a daunting task. When pulling up a blank page in your computer, that blinking cursor is constantly challenging you:

All right, you think you can write? Go ahead, write something clever!

Write something people would want to read!

Better yet, write something people would pay to read.

Better still, make it long, really long, like 100,000 words long!

These are the challenges you face if you want to be, not just a writer, but an author.

So why did I, or why does anyone else for that matter, want to go through the tortuous process of writing a book?

Frankly, I haven’t a clue. I just knew it was something I had to do. It’s like seeing a mountain in front of you and knowing you have to climb it. You do it because it’s there and, if you’re like me, you know that it’s just something you just have to do.

As for advice to aspiring writers…

First: READ! Know what kind of books you like and, more importantly, know what you like most about them. Without getting too wound up in analysis, take a look at how the writer of that most favorite book of yours, moved the story along little by little, page by page, chapter by chapter all the while holding you captive so you just couldn’t put it down. If you’re able to work up an outline like this for a book you like, you should be able to do the same the story you intend to write. A great source of info on this can be had from reading Stephen King’s book: On Writing. In it, among many other things, he lists the 3R’s formula for novels: Rebellion, Ruin, Redemption. The plots of many (not all) successful novels can be boiled down to these three words. Boil your favorite novel down to its essence and see how that essence might be something you can use as a framework to tell your story.

So, what’s most important in a book? (all right, there are 3 things in my opinion)

Characters – Make them interesting; Make them multidimensional; and make them believable.

Plot (action) – Make it interesting and structure it to keep the reader off-balance, never sure about what will happen next.

Style – Just as delivery is critical in the telling of a good joke, style is critically important in any literary work, whether fiction or non-fiction. Make sure your book reads well. Read it out loud, record yourself reading it and listen to it over and over keeping what you like, changing what you don’t. Ask others to read your work and don’t be thin-skinned about their feedback. A good book rises above the words to put movies in the minds of its readers. Do that, and you’ll have something you can be proud to publish.

My next book…

Going through the 4th draft now, still don’t have a title I feel good about. I refer to it as a supernatural thriller and expect it to be released late this year or early next.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Tom Ulicny! If you have liked what you have read about Tom and are interested in learning more about Tom and reading Tom’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,


The Caruso Collection: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Tom Ulicny: Recent Novel – Website

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