WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. David Carraturo is not Chris Cameron. And the Scalamarri family is not his family. They are, however, intertwined.
The Tuckahoe author, broker and research salesman and history buff has been living with these characters since he created them from the seeds of people and places he has known and from his love and understanding of his Irish-Italian heritage.
Carraturo recently released his second book, "The Columbus Avenue Boys," a prelude to his first, "Cameron Nation." At 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, he will be at the Eastchester Lord & Taylor's "Smart Shop, Do Good" fundraiser to hand out complimentary signed copies. Admission to the all-day event is $5, and the store will offer discounts and a variety of activities. The store is at 750 White Plains Road (Route 22).
"Cameron Nation" was written with an eye to the future, when the election of a Tea Party President with Cameron as VP sets events in motion for a right wing utopia, Carraturo said.
"I started writing out of my frustration with the Obama Administration, right from the start. When I sent it to my editor, the Tea Party played a minor role, but, after the edit, it was more of the focus. This was just before the 2010 elections."
The book contains a lot of "hardcore Tea Party principles," he said, and creates another event that has never happened in modern politics, he said a Republican presidency with a Senate super majority and a majority in the House. The situation enables the administration to set in motion conservative principles from 2013 on.
A third novel, now in the works, picks up the story in 2015, when Cameron has assumed the presidency and is re-elected twice, giving him 10 years as leader of the free world.
In "Columbus Avenue Boys," Cameron is not the central character. Instead, the story focuses on a couple of his buddies who are big earners and leg-breakers for the Mob. The book takes a long look at the Scala family tree and how these people got to where they are as the book unfolds and what causes them to change.
Carraturo's mother died while he was writing the book, causing him a take a break. Then, one day, he was visiting his parents' graves at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery and saw a mausoleum nearby.
"The name on the mausoleum was Scala," he wrote on his website . "I laughed and then began to cry as I looked down at the dirt that had yet to settle on the grave. Why had I, three weeks earlier, chosen the name of my main character to be Vincent Scala? Life has a way of sending you a message."
Carraturo's books are available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million, or on his own website .
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