TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Patrick Trotti never planned to be a novelist, but after several years of writing stories and honing his skills, his first novel, "The Day The Cloud Stood Still", has been published.
The 28-year-old Tarrytown resident, who was educated in Irvington schools, announced the release of his novella this month and talked about his writing process and motivation while sipping coffee at one of his writing stations, Coffee Labs Roasters, in downtown Tarrytown.
"Being a writer was the furthest thing from my mind growing up," said Trotti, who is currently a freelance content writer as well as a part time editor for several online literary journals. "The seeds of (the book) were planted a few summers ago when I studied out at the University of Iowa."
"The Day The Cloud Stood Still" is a coming-of-age story about a young man whose life is influenced by a major blizzard while his own inner storms are raging. Trotti details Wilson Hart's "in-between' phase" as he works through family dysfunction while nature roars.
Trotti said he read writer Jack Kerouac's work and was inspired to begin writing at about 20. The young writer said he made two other efforts at his first novel and was close to self publishing when Ever Books, an imprint of Pteron Press accepted his manuscript.
"I did a lot of my writing here (Coffee Labs) and the library where I found it relaxed and just the right amount of quiet noise," Trotti said. "I really enjoy the re-writing, editing and making the work better. I finally got to the point where I read it and I liked it. I'm excited that it's been published."
Trotti said he has signed an agreement to write a story collection and prefers fiction to non-fiction. He writes several ideas at the same time and looks for ideas to click.
"I'm enjoying the interaction with readers, doing book signings and developing new ideas as a writer," Trotti said. "A young cousin has asked me about writing and that brought me back to my start, wanting to learn about how to write good stories."
"The Day The Cloud Stood Still" can be purchased on Lulu Marketplace books.