Down Low-Dead The Author's Lab/Collaboration Vincent Zandri/Giovanni Gelati


Yeah, that is my name along that of one of the hottest authors on the planet today; make no mistake about it. Read it and weep, make fun of me if you will, have a laugh at my expense, did this actually work? I think it did. We are probably one of the greatest foils in the universe. A team not unlike some of the greatest duo’s of all time. No I am not talking about Batman and Robin; Zandri can’t pull of the Robin costume, way too tight and not his colors. No I am talking about Abbott and Costello, Bing and Bob, Jagger and Bowie, Rowan and Martin, or Dean and Jerry. Can I be big in France and knock over the Eiffel tower next? Do I get to host my own telethon? Maybe not, I don’t think the French can handle me to be honest. I think in the modern era we are more like George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Oceans movies. Mr. Zandri spends part of his year in Italy ala Clooney, my wife and I have a few more kids than the Pitt/Jolie’s and if you give me better hair and don’t look at my face, well I could pass for Brad Pitt, maybe.

So what is the deal? Why is one of the best, most downloaded authors on the planet, nay I say the universe, collaborating with a lowly blogger? Here is the deal for those of you not following things, don’t grind your teeth or bite your nails wondering why you don’t know about this. I mean you should know this by now but what the hey, get out from under the rock and smell the toast burning here.  A Facebook friend of mine and Master’s Degree candidate at The West Virginia University, Kat L., was a caller into my blogtalk radio show The G-ZONE, when I had on the esteemed author, an un–overnight sensation, the one and only, Vincent Zandri. She drops the bomb on us that her classmates have been following and discussing our respective blogs and work. She goes on to ask us to do something together, write a digital short story together, after all she is in a creative writing class, how much more creative could that be. So I joke with Zandri for a few minutes and then BOOM, the game is on; we are knee deep in doodoo and decide okay, we will do this, and then I will have the class on the blogtalk show and we will go over the whole nine yards. Good stuff, we start to roll. I start it off, the way this is going to happen is that we will exchange parts back and forth going at about 500 to 1,000 words at a clip. It got heated and hairy but the finished product is funny, intense, hard-boiled, violent, thrilling and suspenseful. Throw in some mayhem and a pinch of frivolity and you have about 6,000 words that are worthy of the $.99 to find out how this experiment went. 

Do I mind being a straight man to one of the universe’s most downloaded authors? Seriously, does anyone need to ask that question? Do I mind playing Curly to his Moe?  Will the students laugh or cry? Can I do this again and again and again? Will Zandri ever talk to me again? Will Brad Pitt read this post and have his profile pic changed to look like mine? Will Pitt/Jolie try to have more kids and match our eight just to keep up? Can this digital short story be one of the MOST downloaded short stories in the history of mankind? Tune in for further updates, same G-Man channel same G- Man time.

Just a word before I go. What we just did is going to be part of a new series of things I am going to be doing here on Gelati’s Scoop the blog and The G-ZONE the blogtalk radio show. I am calling it The Author’s Lab. This part of it is called: The Author’s Lab/Collaboration. In May I will be paired up with the hot Kindle humorist Big Daddy Abel. We will be doing a horror/zombie thing called “The Jersey Shore Has Eyes”. Be wary and prepared zombie freaks; we are about to put the genre on its head, hahaha. 

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