Voted one of the Best Long Island Authors for 2013 and 2014, Dina Santorelli took some time from her insane schedule to interview Rob about his new book, Where the Hell is Tesla?
A funny thing happened on my way to an author event at the Seaford Library in Seaford, N.Y…. I got to meet some cool authors! (Imagine that!) One of those authors was Rob Dircks. I had the pleasure of being Rob’s tablemate that day, and we spent most of the time chatting books, publishing, and writing. I’m so happy to announce that Rob’s first novel, a science fiction comedy titled, Where the Hell is Tesla?, is available on Amazon. Below, Rob and I continue our chat about how this novel came to be. I wish him much success!
Your book has such an intriguing title. What is your book about? It’s a combination buddy comedy/fish-out-of-water story/sci-fi romp. A slacker security guard finds the lost journal of Nikola Tesla and talks his best friend into exploring Tesla’s secret invention, the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus. They bounce from one misadventure to the next trying to get home until the existence of the entire multiverse winds up depending on these two unlikely heroes.
Why did you want to write this book? Ever since elementary school, I’ve been into comics, then sci-fi books and movies, and I’ve got this weird fascination with conspiracy theories. One day, I stumbled across this outrageous conspiracy theory article about Nikola Tesla — how he had secret journals that disappeared after he died, that the FBI took them, and that they contained plans for death rays and god-knows-what else. Maybe an hour later, I was still digging down this Internet rabbit hole, finding little scraps of hints and clues, this wonderful bottomless pit of Tesla intrigue, and I said to myself: What if he had something REALLY crazy in those journals? Like an Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus?
At the same time, I knew I wanted to write a comedy about a normal guy stuck in extreme circumstances. So at some random moment it all came together as “What if a slacker security guard discovers the lost journal of Nikola Tesla?” And boom. There it was…
About Dina Santorelli
Voted one of the Best Long Island Authors for 2013 and 2014 (Long Island Press), Dina Santorelli has been a freelance writer for over 17 years and has written for Newsday, First for Women and CNNMoney.com, among other publications. Her debut novel, Baby Grand, is a Top Rated Mystery & Thriller and best-selling organized crime thriller on Amazon Kindle. Among her nonfiction work, Dina served as the “with” writer for the well-received Good Girls Don’t Get Fat as well as Bully, the companion book to the acclaimed documentary. Her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2014. Dina is also the Executive Editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, including Norman Reedus, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Gary Sinise and Kevin Bacon. Dina teaches editing, book marketing and self-publishing for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education department. www.dinasantorelli.com