Authors who struggle with finding harmony between their passion for writing and a full-time career could learn a lot from Dr. P.A. Colombaro. The author who operates her own medical practice and still finds time to write and publish one hell of a psychological thriller-mystery novel on the level of Fatal Attraction knows a thing or two about balancing a professional career with her author career. But that’s far from the last thing that separates Dr. P.A. Colombaro from her peers.
With the publication of her new mystery romance The Kept Secret, P.A. Colombaro announced that she will be donating $1 from every book sale to the United States Humane Society, whose pet adoptions help prevent the deaths of abandoned animals every day.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Writing is a way to release thoughts and create. In college, I had a very interesting and gifted literature professor who could read Beowulf. It was fascinating to hear the poem come alive with such character.
Writing short stories was part of the curriculum. She liked my stories except for the ’dashes and dots’. She wrote on one paper, which I still remember… “dashes and dots are like garlic… a little goes a long way”.
Since that class, I have always found writing to be art. Words can create characters who come alive. Lessons and symbols can be found within those words. So, for me, this book is like a college. Bits and pieces of life’s experiences and stories created to come alive with words.
2. What kind of research did you need to do to write this book?
No research. The story of OJ Simpson and Lorena Bobbitt gave me thoughts for a fictional story. This was a time when secrets were kept, and personal information was not revealed.
Looking back at the #MeToo movement… Today, there are no secrets kept.
3. What was the biggest hurdle you struggled with while writing this book?
Making the word pieces fit together like a puzzle so that a reader could visualize and feel the emotions of each character.
4. How long did it take you to complete this book?
Approximately 3 years.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
On the second book I wrote, my Dad wanted to read it. His comment shocked me, “Not bad, Phyl.”
6. Do you have any suggestions or words of encouragement for aspiring writers to complete the book they’ve always dreamed of writing while working a full-time job?
It takes time, patience and perseverance. Do not give up. My thoughts came alive when I would try to fall asleep or doing household chores. I would jot down words or phrases. At night or on weekends, I would start putting things together.
7. Why did you choose the U.S. Humane Society as a charity for this book?
I love animals. I had rescued 2 cats from the Humane society… Xena like the warrior and Wendy, a baby bottle kitten, who somebody just dumped at the door of the Humane Society.
But when I rescued Ripley, eating a corn cob out of trash I had just placed outside for pick-up… it became a mission to do what I could to help helpless animals.
When I had a bigger house and yard, I had 7 cats and a rescued greyhound… They all got along. It was amazing to watch different personalities develop of those who were caged versus Wendy who was never caged versus Ripley.
I want to contribute to an organization that helps animals find a good life, instead of a sentence of death or animal research. If I can be one voice for the voiceless, what better way to feel, you made a difference.
8. What do you think makes a good story?
Antagonist, protagonist, plot, symbolism, and lessons.
9. What kind of books do you typically read?
Mystery, history, Greek mythology, psychological thriller, and spy
10. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Alliteration and symbolism.
11. What type of reader would you recommend this book to?
Adults who like suspense
12. Who was the biggest influence on your writing journey?
My college literature Professor
13. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Care for my adopted pets… 3 cats and one chihuahua mixture.
14. What are you working on now?
Writing my next book!
15. Where can people find you and your book?
Discover all of the dirty secrets of this steamy mystery romance in the shocking conclusion to The Kept Secret here.
About the Author
Dr. Phyllis A. Colombaro is a practicing dentist for over thirty-five years. She has devoted her life to helping people and animals in pain. In addition to her dental profession and writing, her passion has always been the care of animals, especially those who need rescuing.
P.A. Colombaro is donating one dollar from the sale of each book to the Humane Societies of the United States, whose pet adoptions help prevent the deaths of abandoned animals every day. P.A. Colombaro and those at the Humane Society appreciate your help in furthering the mission to make shelters a better place for these forgotten animals.
By your purchasing and telling your friends about P.A. Colombaro’s debut mystery romance novel, “The Kept Secret,” you will save precious, helpless, and adorable lives.