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Manlius native writes first mystery novel

What do you like most about writing?

One of my favorite parts of the writing is the research. For the small town books, I find a real-life town in New York state and them I make up my own town based on that town. Making it fictional gives me the chance to create the town as I need it.

For the crime novels, the research is a bit more exotic. "California Scheming" takes place primarily in Los Angeles, so I've traveled there three times to do research. The third book in the series takes place in France and I've already made one trip for research, but I have to go back. I know, sounds like a tough life. It's fun; it's always what I've wanted to do, and I'm doing it. Can't get much better than that.

Tell me a little about yourself.

Right now I am concentrating on my writing full time. "California Scheming" is the name of the new Todd Gleason novel, and I'm also working on a new "Journeyman" novel called "The Silver Moon, as well as rewriting another manuscript I wrote about a small town in CNY -- it's a suspense novel. I love that story.

For fun? I like to travel. Actually, "London Frog" was written during a time when I lived in London for a short while. Other than New York, it's my favorite city. I've also traveled to France, Italy and Switzerland. In fact, two of my books are available in foreign languages -- Italian, German and Finnish.

Do you still have family in this area?

My parents Gerard and Rosemary Pittman live in Fayetteville. My father is Deacon of St. Ann's Church in Manlius. I have six siblings and many, many nieces and nephews. My sister Peggy Menter lives in East Syracuse. My sister Cathy Cornue lives in Sherrill. Everyone else lives outside of Central New York.

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