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Name: Joseph J. Cacciotti

Age: 54

Current residence: Racine

Occupation: Author/maintenance worker for the Racine Water Utilities

Title of book and publisher: “Hurricane Cores the Big Apple,” Nightengale Press mystery/thriller

Synopsis of book: Meet Samuel James Rufus aka (Hurricane), born part Shoshone, part Italian and trained how to hunt by the great Shoshone warriors, taught how to fight and kill by the Green Berets.

Just when he thought his days of fighting were over, this detective is called upon to help out two friends from the past. Now he must return to the fierceness he once knew in the Army: an eye for an eye, a life for a life.

This is how Samuel James Rufus, came to be known as the Hurricane.

Is this the first book you have written? No, I have two other books out now. One is a nonfiction book, “Blue Collar Real Estate Mogul ‘Literary Work’ ” This is my biography, about how I started helping a stranger at the age of 12 fixing a house, to later become not only a landlord but teammates for 36 years. This is a story about what true friendship is all about.

With “Poems for the Heart,” I won an award from the American Poets Society, for the book being one of the top 5 inspirational books of 2011.

Are you writing other books? Yes, my publisher asked me to do a series about my fictional detective character Hurricane. I was just informed that my next book (“Hurricane Rocks Wisconsin”) will be out within the next couple months, and will be followed with, in this order, “Hurricane Strips Las Vegas,” “Hurricane Strikes Rhode Island,” “Hurricane Mashes Idaho” and “Hurricane Gold Rushes California.” I’m currently working on “Hurricane Volunteers in Tennessee.” I also have “Poems for the Heart II” going to the publisher now, and hope this will be out before the end of this year.

Why did you write this book? I grew up reading Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer books, and I was always fascinated with his writing style. I thought about writing the Hurricane book back in 1997, when I was writing for the Gateway Gazette newspaper. It wasn’t until the summer of 2005, before I started writing my first book, which was the “Blue Collar” book. I made a promise to an old friend, who on his deathbed asked me to never stop writing. I started writing more seriously in 2006, and the first Hurricane book would not be released until August of 2009.

How long did it take you to write the book? It only took me three months to write it, but almost three years to find a someone who would publish it.

How did you get interested in writing? I started writing poetry when I was a junior in high school. At 17 I sold a couple poems to Helen Steiner Rice, and won a few awards in poetry contests.

I’ve always had a knack for writing, but was sidetracked by being a landlord for 36 years. I lost a very close friend to cancer in 2006; he always liked the way I wrote. It was upon his request that I still write today. To learn more about why I write, read “Blue Collar Real Estate Mogul” — it’s much more than a real estate book.

Where is the book available for purchase? On www.Amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com.

Is the book available in the library? Yes, all three are.

Website or facebook page readers can visit for more information: www.hurricanesamrufus.com. To see a YouTube video, just type in “Hurricane Cores the Big Apple” and enjoy the video clip. All three of my books can be found on www.facebook.com/pages/Joseph-J-Cacciotti/124326034310413. Interested readers may call Cacciotti at the following numbers: cell (262)989-2841; home (262) 639-2841.

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