Interview with Ritch Gaiti author of The Big Empty

Today I am interviewing Ritch Gaiti of The Bug Empty:

1.What made you want to be a writer?

I always thought that I could write but didn’t really know until I tried it and learned the craft. After I left the corporate world, I wanted to be a film director so I went to film school. I joined a production company and starting writing film scripts. In fact, my current book, The Big Empty, started as a film script. Being a very visual person, I found it really expressive but somewhat restrictive. More importantly, no one would ever see the work unless it was made into a movie. So I decided to write novels – in the world of a novel I could explore thoughts and characters more fully. It’s much more rewarding and liberating than writing a film script, which I still do occasionally (one has been optioned for a feature film). I love to express myself through the points of view of different characters and I love to see dialogue come off the keyboard as the characters come to life.

2. Who is your favorite author?

Max Shulman

3. What is the name of the last book you read?

The Gold Coast

4. Tell us about yourself in 3 words?

Made a difference or Creative, productive, diverse

5. What is your favorite activity?

I love diversity so my favorite activity varies-sometimes writing, sometimes painting, sometimes watching football, sometimes going to the movies, occasionally flying. Painting is a pretty serious focus of mine and I concentrate on depicting horses and Native Americans of the American west in another time. I am a nationally recognized artist ( and have exhibited in many galleries and museums across the U.S.

6. If your book could be made into a movie? Which actors would you have play the main two characters?

Easy. Javier Bardem would be the perfect Rick Wallace. He is a down and deep character with a buried past. Marisa Tomei would play the female lead, Rose, a love interest with many sides. What a combo!

7. Who is your favorite character in your book?

The lead character, Rick Wallace. He goes through a pronounced transformation and he acts as a surrogate for a much larger issue. My second favorite is Elias Opdyke, a crusty, 72 year old professor at Columbia. He knows more than he lets on.

8. What's in your TBR (to be read) pile?

I want to read about DaVinci – more than one book.

9. What are 3 of your pet peeves?

Narrow minded people, arrogance and computer calls

10. What's your favorite (cats or dogs), ( coffee or tea), and what's your favorite food?

  Definitely dogs-I have two black labs (Brandi and Raven) and a cockatoo (Ziggy). Coffee as well, tea occasionally. Favorite food is pasta-red meat sauce...hmmmm. Also love sushi.
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Book: The Big Empty
Author: Ritch Gaiti
Publisher: Sedona Editions
Published: May 2013
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9833837-3-4
Available in paperback and ebook.
Author website:
Some Reviews
“…masterfully conceived, exquisitely written, dramatically atmospheric…Highly recommended.” Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado/Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
“…a home run with fiction lovers, conspiracy theorists and anyone who likes a fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.” Pacific Book Review
“…characters are detailed, realistic, and incredibly three dimensional…you are never exactly sure who is trustworthy.” Laurie Love,
“…a great slow-burning mystery thriller.” James Goulding
“…well-paced mystery sets up a surprisingly poignant climax.” David Clarke
The Big Empty -summary
A gritty lawyer uncovers an ancient conspiracy and the betrayal of a man and a nation. A thriller mystery of treachery, trust and redemption.
. . .
Every instinct I had told me to get out but I couldn’t, not now. This simple case would trigger repercussions that would unnerve the city, maybe the country. I was about to open doors that had been nailed shut for a lifetime. And the only path to the truth was through a labyrinth of deceit. I trusted no one, not even myself. My stomach tightened.
The ten years had slipped by like a century. I never thought I’d see New York again and now I find myself buried in its bowels, unsure of what I was after—but I knew I had to find it. I snaked through the city bureaucracy, historical landmarks and some of the most prominent properties in the city, all intricately linked. Nothing fit, yet everything connected and answers only bred more questions. Somehow it had all been mysteriously tied back to me.
I ventured into the darkest tunnel of all, my own. I realized then why I was chosen—why I had been the only one that could find this elusive document. Deep within a maze of deceptions and betrayals, I uncovered a massive conspiracy among the most esteemed organizations in the world—and the truth that had sent my life into a tailspin ten years ago was far from true. Suddenly, this seemingly routine assignment suddenly had enormous stakes and consequences. Now it was up to me to mend an ancient injustice and the fate of an entire culture.
Ritch Gaiti –bio
Ritch Gaiti is an author, an artist and a former Wall Street Executive. He focuses on a wide range of subjects and genres: from drama to suspense to humor; from fiction to non-fiction. His first book, Points, Women Have Them, Men Need Them, was a humorous relationship book. Afterwards, sticking with humor, he wrote Tweet, a fictional satire on consumerism and the advertising industry. Recently, Tweet has been optioned for a feature film. His last book, Dutching the Book, a fictional drama based on real people and events, delivers an absorbing story about horse racing and gambling in 1960’s Brooklyn.
Ritch has also written articles for magazines, including Private Wealth, Tango and Balance magazines and has been featured on national TV and radio, including a guest appearance on the Today Show, opposite Joan Rivers.
In addition to writing, Ritch is a recognized artist who exhibits regularly in galleries and museums across the country. His portfolio can be viewed on: He is also recreational pilot and enjoys tennis and skiing.


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