THE BOOK: In Transit.
THE AUTHOR: Kathleen Gerard
PUBLISHED: Hard cover, 2011; e-book 2012.
THE PUBLISHER: Five Star (Gale-Cengage-Thorndike Press); 2011; Untreed Reads; 2012; Trade paperback: Kathleen Gerard.
SUMMARY: Can a rookie cop survive the men who cross her path in the NYPD?
When a psychic in a shopping mall tells Rita Del Vecchio that she is “destined for greatness,” and she will “marry a man in uniform,” the restless, wet-behind-the-ears, 22 year-old decides to finally take control of her life. Rita sets out on a quest to become a New York City Police Officer. But can a spry, feisty, single woman thrive in the gritty world of New York’s Finest?
Leaving behind the suburbs of New Jersey and a job as an under-tipped waitress, Rita Del Vecchio hangs up her apron and ballet slippers for a bullet-proof vest. But will she wear it? And if she does, will it protect her on the mean streets of Manhattan? Can it also protect her from Cupid’s arrows if they should land amiss?
Rita is assigned to the New York City Transit Police Squad and gets more than she bargained for. Riding the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, Rita winds up meeting not one man in uniform, but many. Whom will she love?
In Transit combines romance and suspense. This woman-in-jeopardy story delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.
THE BACK STORY: At the time I wrote, In Transit, I was in the process of recovering from multiple surgeries that kept me housebound for a long time. A good friend of my mine from high school used to visit me regularly en route to her job working the midnight to 8 a.m. shift in the NYPD Transit Division. My friend had studied to become a teacher of early childhood education and when she couldn’t find work that would sufficiently pay her bills, she decided, on a lark, to take the NYC police exam. I always marveled at how her life switched gears so quickly and profoundly.
Every time she would stop in to visit me during my convalescence, it was hard for me to fathom that while I was confined to bed, in search of healing, she was prowling about the New York City Subway System all through the night. That’s when I started to germinate the seed of her life story inside my imagination. And voilá! A fictional story–a woman-in-jeopardy story–began to grow.
I was intrigued by my friend’s line of work. And I was even more in awe of her courage. However, whenever I tried to get her to talk about life in the NYPD, she was tight-lipped and downplayed the importance and perils of her job. She was more willing to share the laughs she’d had with coworkers and the pranks they’d pulled, rather than what it was really like to fight crime in the greatest city in the world.
Police work is often over-dramatized and glamorized in books, movies and on TV. The reality is that those who carry the badge, day-in and day-out, are just ordinary people who have passions, hopes, fears, flaws and insecurities like everyone else. That’s why personal dynamics and the psychology of those who wear the NYPD uniform became as intriguing to me as the details surrounding police work, and I wanted to explore those aspects creatively on the page. And while the most common adage in fiction writing is, Write what you know. In this case, In Transit was borne of the adage, Write what you don’t know about what you know.
WHY THIS TITLE?: The title of In Transit is both reference to the fact that the female protagonist of the novel works for the NYPD Transit Division and the protagonist is also “in transit” in terms of changes in her life.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Readers (adult men and women) who like a fast-paced, suspenseful story will enjoy spending time with a diverse cast of characters, the dynamic flavor of a NYC setting and short chapters. The story combines romance with elements of mystery and suspense, while shining a powerful light into the lives of ordinary beat cops.
“Rita Del Vecchio is a great, fresh character; vulnerable yet tough . . . IN TRANSIT is suspenseful and rings with authenticity. Ordinary citizens are usually unaware of the role of the transit police and seeing Rita work against the very real backdrop of New York City is a real treat.” — Barbara D’Amato, Agatha, Anthony and Mystery Writers of America award-winning author of AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY and DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS.
“The characters are as big as real life and the story realistic and dramatic . . . IN TRANSIT is a winner!” — Romance Reviews Today
“If you enjoy suspense and danger with romance and great characters, you will enjoy this book . . . It is quick paced and full of action, with an eye to realism and human emotions.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
“Gerard creates a female protagonist who is easy to root for. IN TRANSIT may revolve around cops, but it is centered around the workings of a woman’s heart.” — The Examiner
AUTHOR PROFILE: Kathleen Gerard is a writer whose work has been awarded and nominated for many literary prizes including Best New American Voices, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize, The Mark Twain House Humor Prize, The Saturday Evening Post “Great American Fiction” Prize and Short Story America. Kathleen writes across genres. Her short prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of Kathleen’s plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway. Kathleen writes for Shelf Awareness, a publication of the book industry. Kathleen is also the author of COLD COMFORT, a heartwarming story about the bonds of family, old flames, food and Thanksgiving. Kathleen’s “romantic comedy,” THE THING IS, centers on a crafty therapy dog named Prozac that rescues a woman in grief.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: In Transit won The New York Book Festival – “Best Romantic Fiction” category
WHERE TO BUY IN TRANSIT:
Untreed Reads Publishing: https://www.untreedreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7_48_697&products_id=648
Trade Paperback $14.95
ebook = 4.99
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