Author and professional chef David Ruggerio is a man of many talents. He can cook and tell a love story like none other. What a dreamboat! We had to learn more about his newest novel Say Goodbye and Goodnight.
What makes your book a must-read?
With COVID, protest, and quarantine, God knows we need a little loving. This book, Say Goodbye and Goodnight, will transport you back to the 1977-disco baby! -and experience a romance that will make your summer.
If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?
That’s easy, John Travolta. Saturday Night Fever came out the same year, 1977, and he would appreciate the music, the scenes, and the great dialogue!
If you could give your book to one singer/musician, who would it be and why?
Another easy one! I have to offer up two singers. First, Frankie Vali. His theme song for Grease came out in 1978, and I can tell you, Brooklyn, partied to that music late into the night! Second would be Barry Gibb. The lone Gibb brother left; his music created instant romance in the air. During those hot nights on the beaches of Coney Island, the Bee Gees music echoed over to the shores of New Jersey. His lyrics told us all how to love a woman; his music is timeless.
If your book was turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?
Thomas Barbusca, he’s an Italian-American actor who has the look! He’s born in New Jersey (we’ll forgive him), he fits the part perfectly.
Tell us something about you that no one else knows.
As a youth, I had been arrested six times by the time I was ten. My uncle, Eddie Gavin, a great fighter in his own right, grabbed me by the collar. “Do you think you’re a tough guy?” He dragged me down to the gym, and a marriage made in heaven was created. I became a fighter. The gym I depict in the book is taken from my memories of Izzy Zerling’s Youth Center on Church Avenue in Brooklyn. In fact, the inspiration for the trainer in the book was also based on my trainer/manager- Izzy Zerling. Between amateur and pro, I fought 116 fights in the ring. I loved every moment of it! What three books are on your To Be Read list this summer?
Full Count by David Cone (Huge Yankee fan)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (love horror!)
SPQR by Mary Beard (Huge history buff!)
Recommend a book from another author. Why should people read this book?
Sea Stories by Admiral William H McRaven. If you think life is tough and it presents obstacles, his memoir will put everything in perspective.
Recommend a book that is similar to yours. If people like X, then they’ll love your book because…
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. It is also a romance based in the County of Kings. There is something about growing up in the streets of Brooklyn. Both my book and Tóibín’s has one thing in common. If you’re not from there, you will experience the fun, the excitement, and the tragedies of the kids and their families who lived there during the most tumultuous period of the twentieth century. When you have to fight each and every day, you come to appreciate what life offers, and when romance presents itself, it is epic!
What advice do you have for other writers?
Your memories are a treasure trove just waiting to be put onto paper. Write from the heart.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I’m not going to give away the book, but there were tragic occurrences in my life that I base part of the book on,=. Those parts were tough for me to write; it was like reliving the event all over again.
What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories?
Never give up; no matter what life throws at you, keep moving forward. The presentence will overcome evil.
Meat or Veggies?
The beach or the mountains?
Ha! Love them both!
Horseback riding or ATV?
Cats or dogs?
Ninjas or pirates?
Zombies or aliens?
Alice in Wonderland or Lord of the Flies?
Lord of the Flies
Coachella or Broadway?
Selfie or group photo?
Hardcover book or Kindle?
Chess or Candy Crush?
Paris or New York?
Stephen King or Shakespeare?
Stephen King, sacrilegious?
Alfredo or Bolognese?