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Tony Ruggiero

Tony Ruggiero has been publishing fiction since 1998. His science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories have appeared in both print and electronic mediums from semi professional to professional magazines. In many of his stories, he writes about people and their internal struggle making choices when faced with diverse and moralistic issues. He also analyzes alternative lifestyles such as vampires, aliens, and other creatures. In dealing with these diverse issues, Tony draws on his twenty-three years experience as a United States Naval Officer and his experiences with people of different countries.

His published and upcoming novels include a horror novel, Team of Darkness, two science fiction novels, Get Out of My Mind and Mind Trap, and a collection of science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories, Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply. Coming in the spring of 2004 will be Child of the Mind, the concluding third book the Mind Trilogy.

Awards received include: Team of Darkness received a reviewer's choice award from Scribes World Reviews and top ten finisher in the 2002 Readers Poll. Mind Trap is a 2003 EPPIE finalist in the Science Fiction category and also nominated for best Science Fiction novel by SimeGen Book Reviews.

Tony was born in Irvington, New Jersey. He received his bachelor's degree in June 1978 from Kean University, after which he enlisted in the United States Navy. In 1982, he was accepted into Officer Candidate School and went on to become a Supply Corps Officer. He served in numerous positions both afloat and ashore until October 2001, retiring at the rank of Commander.

Tony resides in Suffolk, Virginia, with his wife Katie, daughter Alexandra, and Snickers, their chocolate Labrador retriever.

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