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CFA Masters: Lorenzo Carcaterra

Wednesday May 1, 2013
07:00 pm

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Lorenzo Carcaterra - Part 2


Free to Members of CFA


As part of the Center's Crime Fiction Academy, acclaimed author, Lorenzo Carcaterra, offered practical writing tips to budding authors while also giving insight to readers about his work.


Number-one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra’s highly successful career spans more than thirty years of writing in the diverse fields of fiction, non-fiction, television, and film.

Born and raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, Carcaterra landed his first job in the newspaper business as a copy boy for The New York Daily News in 1976.  He worked his way to entertainment reporter before leaving the paper in 1982, heading for Time Inc. and TV-Cable Week, as senior writer.  Nine months later, the magazine folded. A four-month stint at People Magazine was followed by an odyssey of writing for a string of start-up publications – Picture Week, Entertainment Tonight Magazine, Special Reports Magazine – and freelancing for dozens of others – The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsday Sunday Magazine, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and Twilight Zone Magazine, among them.

In 1988, Carcaterra turned to television as a Creative Consultant for the syndicated weekly series Cop Talk: Behind the Shield, produced by Grosso-Jacobson Productions.  That led to a job as Managing Editor for the CBS weekly series Top Cops, also with Grosso-Jacobson Productions. Running for four seasons, from 1990-94, the show is still in syndication today worldwide.  In addition, he worked on scores of other pilots, none of which made it to air.  It was while at Grosso-Jacobson Productions that Carcaterra wrote and published his first two books – A Safe Place and Sleepers.

First published in hardcover in 1993, A Safe Place: The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder attracted widespread critical acclaim, with Newsweek calling it, “Unforgettable…a remarkable book.” The book is now in its 18th printing and has sold over 250,000 paperbacks. It has also been sold to twelve foreign countries.

The 1995 publication of Sleepers, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, catapulted Carcaterra to national attention. Sold to 32 foreign countries and now in its 35th printing in the United States, the book has sales exceeding 1.4 million copies. In 1996, Sleepers was made into a feature film starring Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Minnie Driver, and Jason Patric.  Carcaterra served as co-producer on the project, which was directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson. To date, the movie has earned in excess of $800 million worldwide in combined box-office, video, DVD, and TV sales.

Carcaterra made a smooth transition into writing fiction with his first novel, Apaches, a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Published in a dozen foreign countries, the book has been optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with Carcaterra slated to serve as an Associate Producer on the project.

He followed that book with Gangster, which was published in hardcover in 2001.  The novel has been optioned by producer Joe Roth and Revolution and been sold to a dozen foreign countries. Roth is slated to direct the film version and Carcaterra wrote the screenplay.

Carcaterra’s next novel was Street Boys, a World War II saga inspired by an incident which occurred in Naples, Italy, in the fall of 1943. Warner Bros. and Bel-Air Entertainment bought the rights to the story in March 2001, before it was written, and developed the project for director Barry Levinson. Carcaterra wrote the screenplay and will be an executive producer on the movie. The paperback was published in the summer of 2004. It has also been sold to nine foreign countries.

Carcaterra’s next novel, Paradise City, was published in hardcover by Ballantine Books in September, 2004 and the paperback version was published in fall of 2005.

Carcaterra’ then wrote Chasers, a sequel to Apaches, which was published in hardcover by Ballantine Books in 2007 and in paperback the following year.  

He followed that with Midnight Angels published in hardcover in spring, 2009 and paperback in 2010.

He has just completed work on his latest novel, The Wolf, the first in a new series. It is slated to be published in spring 2014.

He is currently at work on his next book.

In addition to books, Carcaterra has written a number of feature scripts and teleplays. Among his features are Dreamer, the story of singer Bobby Darin, for Warner Bros. and director Barry Levinson; Doubt, a thriller for Robert Lawrence and Touchstone/Disney; Street Boys for producer Steve Reuther and director Barry Levinson; Gangster for Revolution chief and director Joe Roth.  Carcaterra’s television writing credits include The Hall, a pilot for Fox-TV (co-written with Jacqueline Zambrano); Rounders, an NBC pilot; and The Force for the WB network, which Carcaterra executive-produced.

He spent two seasons as a writer/producer for the NBC series Law & Order and then wrote The Ghost for Touchstone Studios and ABC for producer David Hoberman and Night & Day for Lifetime Television.

He is currently at work on two scripts—one—The Prosecutor—for television and the other-After The Rain—as a feature.

In 2008, Carcaterra wrote a video game for Atari/Eden—Alone In The Dark: Near Death Investigations and has had short stories published in six anthologies.

He also contributes articles about Italy to National Geographic Traveler.

He is 58, married and has two children.


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