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This month's theme: Mysteries
 

The Red Triangle by Eric Magliocca

A review by Fran Joyce


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eric Magliocca’s mystery thriller, The Red Triangle, debuted in 2013. The Red Triangle, an actual area off the Pacific coast near San Francisco, is known for its large populations of seals, sea lions, and great white sharks.

It is adjacent to the fictitious town of San Sangre where wealth, infidelity, and murder make its inhabitants as dangerous and unpredictable as the waters there. It is here that Conrad Mayday must confront the rumors swirling around his wife’s life and untimely death.

Filled with surprising plot twists and complex characters, Magliocca’s first novel packs an adrenaline rush sure to please even the most seasoned reader of the genre.

Magliocca grew up in the Pittsburgh area. He attended Upper St. Clair High School, Washington and Jefferson College, and The University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education. He teaches eighth grade English at Fort Couch Middle School in Upper St. Clair. Not a bad day job for a writer.

According to Magliocca, “I grew up loving books and movies. I wanted to be a director/ screenwriter. I considered pursuing a career in film direction and screenwriting, but news of the grim job market for the film industry wore me down. My cousin, Marcia Licata, a Spanish teacher at a local high school, helped me in those early stages of my decision making to become a teacher.”

Instead of giving up on his dream to become a screenwriter, Magliocca decided to make the transition to novelist. He credits another family member, his cousin Joey David with inspiring him to pursue his dreams.

“I always admired his success, his devotion to his practice, and his founding of David Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center. His pursuit of a dream and making that dream a reality motivated me to give the same effort and devotion toward my dream.”

Magliocca started writing The Red Triangle in 2008, shortly before he began his teaching career. In early 2012, he started sending query letters to publishers. He attracted the interest of Charles Towne Publishing who opted to publish his book.

“The hardest part of the writing process is what you do after finishing your book. Writing a query letter, which requires you to summarize your book in a paragraph that doesn’t give away too much but still pulls a reader in, is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in this profession. It’s pretty ironic, but writing a book is FAR easier than writing that paragraph.”

The next hardest thing for Magliocca was the editing process. “I figured the editors at the publishing house would take my manuscript, change it, and voila, a book is ready. That’s not how it works. In the end, I took a manuscript that was originally 450 pages and reduced it to 340.”

What’s next for Magliocca? “I am currently working on a novel in the Young Adult fiction genre that is not a mystery/thriller. I want to write like a chameleon, which means offering something different in different genres.”

The Red Triangle is available on amazon.com in paperback and eBook. It is also available at barnesandnoble.com.

 

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