A Day in the Life with Thriller Author Vincent Zandri
A Day in the Life is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we get a glimpse into our favorite author’s day-to-day life! Today’s guest is Vincent Zandri, author of the thriller novel,The Remains (Stone House Ink).
A Day in the Life of Vincent Zandri
by Vincent Zandri
Being from New York, the night before the day in the life might go something like this: an evening dining at Sparks Steak House with a top literary agent. Say Suzanne Gluck. We might be joined by Woody Allen or Michael Connelly. Maybe even Tony Bourdaine. We’ll party into the wee hours after which our separate limos will cart us back to our spacious apartments on Upper Park Avenue. Mine sports a rooftop garden.
In the morning I’ll be awakened by the maid, who will bring me breakfast in bed at exactly 7 AM, along with the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. My beautiful, mini-skirted, 27 year old, brunette, Gold’s Gym slim, secretary, Zoe, will join me a for a coffee and offer up a briefing on the day’s activities, which will include writing time for the first couple hours, then a excise with my personal trailer and Pilates coach Edward. Following that will be a lunch meeting with a movie exec. Maybe Clooney if he’s in town, or Brad (we like to leave Angelina behind—she’s neurotic). On occasion, Steven will ask for a meeting, but he likes to meet at Katz’s Deli down on Houston and that place gives me heartburn.
Zoe will of course make a block of time for me for afternoon writing but she’ll also have to include some interviews with reporters from the NYT, NY Post, Time, you name it. Naturally, a photo shoot or two will be included. I used to do a lot of TV, but not as much. They make you wake up too early. The day will end with Zoe making travel plans for a European tour for my new bestseller The Remains. We’ll hit London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Istanbul, and more. A private jet will take us there….
Ok, I’m lying. What was your first clue? Ha!
What’s a real day in the life like for the real Vincent Zandri? Up at 6, at my writing desk in my boxer shorts, a cup of bad coffee steaming up the screen on my two year old laptop (I can’t afford a new one yet!). I’ll work on both fiction and journalism stories until about ten, then off for a run and quick trip to the gym. After that, I’ll be driving one of my three kids to some destination like school or the doctors. A lunch of Ramon instant soup will be consumed at my desk while writing. In the late afternoon maybe a rehearsal with my punk band The Blisterz. And in the evening, a quick beer at the local watering hole followed by dinner and bed. I spend part of the year in Italy, but the routine is similar except for the driving kids around part.
So there you have it, a day in the life of bestselling author, Vincent Zandri. I wish it were more glamorous. But I’m not sure I’d ever be able to afford the life I dramatized in the opening graphs of this blog. Or if such a life would even be good for me. But isn’t it pretty to think so.
You can visit Vincent’s website at www.vincentzandri.com.