It is my pleasure to welcome fellow Indie Author Jason Zandri to talk to us about his book: AS LIFE GOES: ELEMENTARY! Take it away, Jason…

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“As Life Goes: Elementary” begins the telling of the story in 1981 Wallingford, Connecticut. This is of special consideration for me; it is not only my own hometown, where I have lived my whole life, but it is where my grandparents settled, where my parents were born and raised, and where I am raising my four children today. When you include my great grandparents who were here a short while near the ends of their lives, there have been five generations of my family here in our town.

I set up the story in 1981 Wallingford for a couple a reasons. One reason was relative ease of a setting. Instead of needing to make up an entire town and setting from 1981, I simply used memories and recalled places from my own youth, for the most part. A couple of places, like Colony Convenience as one example, are made up. Although the place does actually exist as a gas station, the store as it is described in my story, never existed. Other places, like Boylan’s, Windy’s, the Center Cinema, and so forth, were actual businesses that are now long closed.

Many of these places I went to as a kid myself, as they were all walking and bike riding distance from my house. None of the main events in the story were taken from anything that actually occurred in my life, but the occasional small things were. The entire sour apple stick thing… yeah, I did that (but it was in sixth grade). I got into trouble for it too. I vaguely recall the conversation with my parents and the principal going something on the order of “we don’t want to stymie the boy’s entrepreneurial efforts, but the amount of candy and gum he’s selling into the classrooms is becoming a distraction to the educational process.”

The second reason I used Wallingford in the story is I really love my hometown and it was my way to introduce all my readers to it. As I move the story from “As Life Goes: Elementary” through the series, I will be walking the reader through not only the lives of the main characters but through some of the changes in Wallingford during the years that the series takes place. The series starts in 1981 and continues in “As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence” in 1986 and into 1987. The events of “As Life Goes: The Reunion” occur in 1992 and the beginning of 1993. “As Life Goes: The Wedding” takes place in 1999 and 2000 and the final chapter of the story of their lives, “As Life Goes: The Funeral” starts in 2009, continues into 2010, and finishes in 2011.

I have been taking a walk down memory lane for some of the incidental history of the town, while I make up a story with events that never actually occurred. Mixing the reality that is Wallingford with the fictional events of the “As Life Goes” series has been fun for me on different levels and I am happy with the end product of “As Life Goes: Elementary” and where I see the rest of the story heading.


About As Life Goes: Elementary

“Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.


As Life Goes: Elementary – Links to Excerpts

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt I

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt II

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt III


Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)

I Hero: The Beginning

I Hero: Nathan Returns

As Life Goes: Elementary


As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)


I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)


Social Media links

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Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review



Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

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About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!


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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    August 7, 2015 at 10:27am

    Just stopping by to lend my support Jason. Explaining how you wrote your story in fiction is quite interesting. I was afraid to even consider writing in fiction until it was explained to me that most of the time it comes from ones own life story. Thank you 4WillsPub for bringing us this tour.

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    Jan Hawke

    August 6, 2015 at 11:20am

    Gotta lurve hometowns! With such a long personal and familial relationship with Wallingford it’s no surprise that you can write about it so vividly and affectionately Jason. 😀
    Thanks for having us over, John 🙂

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    Beem Weeks

    August 5, 2015 at 2:17pm

    Great excerpts, Jason. I’m thinking this will lure readers to you.

    John, thank you for your amazing support for this indie author!

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    August 4, 2015 at 1:59pm

    I like book excerpts. They tease, and water one’s appetite for the read. Yours sounds very interesting. Thank you John for hosting him.

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    Jason Zandri (@gunderstone)

    August 3, 2015 at 5:24pm

    Thanks for stopping along the tour today, Nonnie!

    Who else is here… Hi Bette, thank you for stopping by as well. Nice to have you here.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 3, 2015 at 11:23am

      You’re most welcome, Jason – glad to have you here on Fiora Books! Have a great tour!

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    Nonnie Jules

    August 3, 2015 at 10:41am

    Jason, AS LIFE GOES does sound truly interesting. I’m assuming that the other titles you have mentioned are upcoming books in this series? (I hope I have that correct), if so, I am amazed at you truly talented authors who can plan that far ahead with your book series! TRULY AMAZED and I stand in awe! Kudos to you, my friend, because I’m not quite sure my brain can stretch that far! This was a very enjoyable post!

    John, thanks for allowing Jason to drop by today and share!

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    Kim Cox

    August 3, 2015 at 1:58am

    AS LIFE GOES–ELEMENTARY sounds interesting, Jason, and I wish you much success with it. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for hosting, John.

    Kim Cox

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