MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. After feeling frustrated by a series of real-life events with the U.S. government, David Carraturo decided to vent by writing his first book, the fictitious novel Cameron Nation: Going All-In to Save His Country.
It started in my head with a bunch of short stories, Carraturo said. And then right around the 2008 election my political frustrations came to head and I wrote the first paragraph of the book and from there it just flowed.
Cameron Nation tells the story of Chris Cameron, a Westchester native who retires from the world of finance to pursue a career in politics and eventually leads the United States of America as president. Carraturro, who was born and raised in Tuckahoe and still resides there, began writing the book in the fall of 2009. Thursday evening, he held a signing and discussion event about the book at the Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville. He said his love for Westchester County inspired many pieces of his first novel.
This is such a great area and Im sort of a glorified townie in that Ive never really left here, Carraturo said. Theres so many characters or aspects of the story that are influenced by my family and friends here, which is why I enjoyed writing it so much.
Carraturo is married with three daughters and has worked on Wall Street since 1986. He said that he did not become interested in current political affairs until after 9/11, yet he was always interested in history, specifically the World War II era. Carraturo enjoyed writing Cameron Nation so much that he is already in plans to release a second novel titled Columbus Avenue Boys. The book is a prequel to Cameron Nation and focuses on Camerons life growing up and the longterm friendships he formed.
Carraturo said the second novel, which is scheduled to release in April, holds even more ties to his childhood here in Westchester.
Obviously some places and names were changed in order to not incriminate anyone, Carraturo said. But Columbus Avenue Boys has a lot of local references and tributes to my friends growing up.
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