Individual Author Record
Name: Fred VenturiniPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Audience: Adult; Born: 1980 in Chicago, Illinois
-- Website -- http://www.fredventurini.com
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Illinois ConnectionFred was born in the Chicago area, but moved to Southern Illinois in his pre-K years. He’s lived in a variety of small towns, including Vernon, Patoka, Salem, Carlyle, and most recently Aviston. He is a 1998 graduate of Patoka High School, and a 2002 graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he earned a B. S. in English. Venturini’s debut novel, The Samaritan, is about a boy who grows up in Vernon Hills, Illinois, only to learn he can regenerate his organs and limbs. Set strongly with the downstate feel that Illinois offers, ''The Samaritan'' features a multitude of fictional and real Illinois towns.
Biographical and Professional InformationFred Venturini grew up in Patoka, Illinois, where he survived being lit on fire by a bully, a neck-breaking car accident, and being chewed up by a pit bull. His fiction has appeared in places like ''River Styx'', ''The Death Panel'', ''Sick Things'', ''Johnny America'', and ''Necrotic Tissue'', and he is a two-time Chuck Palahniuk anthology finalist. He earned his MFA from Lindenwood University in 2009, and in early 2011, his debut novel ''The Samaritan'' was released by ''Blank Slate Press''.He lives in Aviston, Illinois, with his wife Krissy, and their two cats, Pepper and Ellie. He is currently working on a second novel, tentatively titled ''My Immortal''.
- The Samaritan, Blank Slate Press, 2011