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.