MFA Screenwriting, American Film Institute
* Writers Guild of America/West *
International Thriller Writers
Mystery Writers of America
Anthony Flacco is an author of six nonfiction books and three historical novels, all released by major publishers.
He holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He was selected for the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.
His first nonfiction book, A Checklist for Murder, was acquired in auction by Dell Books and turned in solid sales. Anthony adapted his book as a two-hour television movie script and sold it to NBC Studios.
He completed his nonfiction book Tiny Dancer for St. Martin’s Press, and the advance copy was selected by Reader’s Digest as their Editor’s Choice for August 2005 -- their 1,000th Commemorative Issue. The Kansas City Star named Tiny Dancer “one of the 100 Most Noteworthy Books of 2005.”
The book is an international bestseller in Italy (Piemme) with sales to date of over 350,000 in that country alone.
His debut novel, The Last Nightingale (Ballantine) was released to acclaimed reviews including a NYT rave, and was nominated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) as one of the top five original paperback thrillers for 2007.
Winner of the USA Books News 2009 Best True Crime Award
The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders (Union Square/Sterling, Nov. 2009) is based on one of the most heinous serial killers of the 20th Century, Gordon Stewart Northcott, which is the crime inspiration for the film CHANGELING.
Publish Your Nonfiction Book (Writer’s Digest Books) and Literary Fails were co-authored with Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management with endorsements by major publishers and editors alike.
WINNER of the USA Book News Awards: Best Autobiography of 2013
IMPOSSIBLE ODDS: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six was published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in May 2013 and debuted on the NY Times Bestseller List. Optioned screenplay to Sony TV. The book is currently in development at Warner Brothers Studios for Clint Eastwood at Malpalso Productions to direct.
In the Matter of Nikola Tesla: A Romance of the Mind has been published in 2013 by Diversion Books as both an E-book and Trade paperback, and by Piemme in Italy as well as in Russia and Estonia.
Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing was written for survivor Rebekah Gregory and published to acclaim by Revell Books in 2017 and received a starred review by Publishers Weekly.
Anthony Flacco collaborated with Rebekah Gregory on Taking My Life Back. He met our deadline, delivered a compelling manuscript, was prompt in responding to any question or request, and was a total professional at every turn.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
From: Durand, Sarah [mailto:Sarah.Durand@simonandschuster.com]
To: Sharlene Martin
Subject: Anthony Flacco
Dear Publishing Colleagues:
I had the pleasure of working with author Anthony Flacco on the NY Times Bestseller Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six (Atria Books, May 14, 2013). Anthony had the task of working with Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, in writing their story from two continents away as he was he Seattle and they were in Nairobi, using Skype. It was a highly emotional story, being told to Anthony for the first time since the rescue, yet he gained the confidence and respect of the subjects and turned in a terrific book in 90 days. In fact, the initial manuscript was one of the best I’ve edited in 15 years in publishing—it was organized, compelling, and a page-turner from the first word. He met every deadline including photo inserts and captions well within the time frame. Additionally, he was cooperative, professional and as Scott Pelley (CBS, 60 Minutes) said “He wrote a book that made one think they were reading John Steinbeck!”
Former Senior Editor, Atria Books/Simon&Schuster
Ebook, Interview, Whitepaper
American Film Institute, Masters in Screenwriting