04-02-2008, 10:26 AM #1
4/11 - Stephen Medici Book Signing at Fonville Press
Visiting Author Finds His Inspiration Along 30A
When Stephen Medici visited Florida’s panhandle in 2006 for the first time, he didn’t expect it to have a life-changing effect on him. He and his wife, Colleen, were just hoping to experience a few weeks of relaxation on the white sandy beaches Colleen found through her internet search. They rented a small house in Rosemary beach, sight unseen, and decided to spend the month of February catching up on reading, jogging, golf and tennis.
But the natural beauty of the sea against the dunes, the wind against the long grasses, inspired him. He felt this was the right place and time to finally finish the novel he’d started so many years before; the one he’d shoved aside while raising a family and working the long hours Wall Street demands. And so, sitting in a comfortable wooden chair on the Rosemary Beach walk-overs, he found the tranquility that so often becomes motivation.
That motivation became Medici’s first novel- Adverse Selection (paperback from Thea & Golf Publishing). The 425-page mystery blends actual events and real people with creative supposition. Set in 1976, Adverse Selection asks the haunting question- ‘Why would anyone confess to a murder they didn’t commit?’ The answer lies in the drama that comes as much from the main character’s greed and arrogance as it does fromthe gentle winds that blow off the Gulf at sunset.
“What could be more timely than a story of corporate royalty, chief execs and senior managements that seem constantly embroiled in scandals and ethics violations?” says Medici. “Enron, WorldCom and crooks eager to steal the last dime from retirees provide endless plotlines for thriller writers and you don’t have to make this stuff up.”
Less than two years after first arriving in Rosemary Beach, Medici and his wife have settled into a home they purchased in Seacrest Beach and the novel, inspired by the beaches along 30A, has hit the bookstores. “It took something as inspirational as this gorgeous coastline to get me to finish the story I started almost 30 years ago,” said Medici.
To distance his motivations from those of his story’s antagonist, Medici has pledged all proceeds from the sale of Adverse Selection to his favorite charity, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. He will be signing copies of Adverse Selection on Friday, April 11th at Fonville Press in Alys Beach from 4-6 pm. Copies will be available at Fonville Press for $7.99.
Adverse Selection on Amazon
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