Positano, Italy, has to be one the most beautiful spots on earth! (Thought I was referring to the presidential candidates, didn’t you?) Nope, Italy is much more interesting… and a lot more satisfying to look at. Thus, at the end of today’s blog, I shall share a few of my newly developed photographs, exposing the Amalfi coast in all its glory! (Don’t worry, I won’t be exposing myself. I was asked to keep my clothes on, lest I scare the tourists!)
For those of you who do not subscribe to VARIETY, I was traveling abroad as part of a research trip, gathering information for the next “Adam Gold Mystery,” which is tentatively titled, CAPONE ISLAND. (That would be “Capone” as in Al Capone, which is why we spent so much time in Sicily.) Hence, all expenses were work related (and tax deductible) in accordance with the Federal Income Tax Code, Section 11, Paragraphs 4-34. (At least that’s what my accountant, Jesse James Lipschitz told me.)
Come to think of it, maybe I shouldn’t be talking about paying federal income tax and Al Capone at the same time. (Eliot Ness and the Untouchables busted Big Al for not paying his taxes!) Personally, I think the deck was “stacked” against Capone. (That would be “Stack” as in Robert Stack.) If you didn’t get that last joke, you must be under 6o years of age!
Anyway, one of the reasons for today’s “Italiano” theme is because all of my books are now available in Italian! My publisher recently informed me that there was a huge demand for my writing in Rome, Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and throughout Sicily. (Which, coincidentally, are the exact places where I left advertising flyers in the mens room!) See, my friends, it does pay to advertise.
The mystery novels have also been published in… (get ready for this) 12 other foreign languages! In all seriousness, this is a wonderful development, as foreign sales make up a large portion of a writer’s market. I am most thrilled about the books being available in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. (These markets have a lot of readers who love anything “American.”) Who knows, maybe I’ll be invited to a few book clubs in Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, or Peking. (I love ordering Peking Duck, but I always get stuck with “the bill!”) Ouch, that was really a “foul” joke!
Before I depart (big tailgate party down in Austin tonight) I would like to send my best regards to the Princess of Portugal and her financially drained husband, Baron Lee. My dearest royal friends are vacationing (again) and this time they find themselves and their entourage in….. Positano, Italy! (dang copycats!) Ah well, I’m just jealous. Have fun and drink some Chianti for me!
I hope you enjoy the photos, and if you’ve been to this area, write to me and I will share your tales on next week’s blog. (Send nude and semi-nude photos in a brown paper bag.) Have a safe and happy week! Love to all…..