Sufficient Ransom - Chapter 1
Sylvia Sarno

Sufficient Ransom - Chapter 1My love of stories started when I was very young. Listening to my Dad's simplified version of Shakespeare at bedtime awakened my imagination. When I was six, I moved from suburban Boston to Italy with my family. Living in a two-bedroom apartment in the industrial city of Turin we didn’t own a television. I spent my free time reading The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and many other juvenile fiction classics. My passion for literature really took hold during those years. We returned to the States when I was eleven, to the same house on an acre of grass and trees that we had left. The main floor of our home was always neat and clean, with plastic covers on the common area furniture to keep the children and the dust off, while downstairs my father’s thousands of stacked books held dusty court. To this day, I love well-used books. As the time to start college drew near, I remember considering, then nixing, the idea of a career as a novelist. My conclusion: too many he saids and she saids to write. I was young and impatient; writing a book seemed so arduous. I wanted to have my own business and make money. At Boston College, I majored in English because I loved the subject. I figured I would learn about business by working in companies, not by studying them. After a stint in commercial real estate, I decided I didn’t want to be a developer after all. After working on Wall Street I decided that I didn’t want to have a big company or be an analyst or a banker. And after running my own recruiting firm for many years I decided that what I really wanted to do was write novels. Thanks to my very understanding and supportive husband I can now do that. My debut novel was inspired by my years living in Italy. After a high profile kidnapping in Rome in the 1970’s, bodyguards began accompanying some of my Italian classmates to school. I remember my parents talking about their own fears of kidnapping. Decades later, those childhood impressions re-surfaced and inspired Sufficient Ransom. I am currently at work on my second novel—a thriller set in San Diego in the near future. Like my first book, this one will also pose an ethical question. I can’t wait to finish it and get it out into the world! Stay tuned….

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