A. An author. I've always dreamed I would write a novel.
A. Archbishop Molloy (Queens, NY), St. John's University (Queens, NY)
A. Bruce Springsteen
A. Field of Dreams
A. Odd Couple, Mary Tyler Moore, Everyone Loves Raymond
A. Anger, Sadness, Homeless, Blessed, Loved, Thoughtful, Caring, Waiting
A. Treat me nice, I'll treat you better
A. A quiet evening at the beach, the sun setting, my kids laughing and playing with their friends, a glass of dry white wine, and the ocean waves caressing my feet.
A. Wasting a day
A. On a warm beach
A. Those who love unconditionally
A. When will my Islanders win another Stanley Cup?
A. Not saying "I love you" to my mom more often
A. To take away the pain for the sick
A. Raising my two daughters
A. My moods. Sometimes I get down on myself without reason.
A. My love. I want to spread it everywhere.
A. A disciple. I would have loved to have been alive during this time.
A. My williness to share my love and kindness.
A. Leah, the kind, Jewish widow, from Necessary Heartbreak.
A. Marcus, the Roman soldier, from Necessary Heartbreak.
A. Jesus Christ. I would ask these questions: "How is my sister (Ann, who passed away at the age of 44 two years ago)? How is my mom (passed away several years ago at the age of 47)? Will I ever see them again? Will I ever get the chance to hug and tell them that "I love you."
A. My daughters picking up their cups and plates in their bedrooms.
A. Watching high school basketball and reporting on the players.
A. To either play basketball or hockey.
A. Kindness, Sharing, and Love.
A. Ice cream/swirled!
A. Land of Hope and Dreams (Bruce Springsteen), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra), Independence Day (Bruce Springsteen), Badlands (Bruce Springsteen)
A. Norman Vincent Peale, Lisa Genova, Charles Dickens.
A. The Power of Positive Thinking, To Kill A Mockingbird, Still Alice, The Christmas Carol.
A. The Power of Positive Thinking
A. Always believe in your story
A. Love the emotion in the story. The characters are real.
A. I first started to write this book while I was riding the E-train in NYC, a few months after I had graduated college back in 1983. I was homeless and I used the emotions churning inside my body to write some childhood and adult memories that move me to this day. After I was rescued off the train by an aunt and uncle, I found a job and put the novel idea aside. Several years later, I got married, had two kids, and still kept the novel idea inside my computer. A couple of years ago, I awoke from a dream. I was on the streets of first-century Jerusalem, chasing Jesus, and asking him why do people have to suffer. It's at this moment I found my idea for the book.