Nick Christophers, Cosa Nostra News Contributor, Debuts First Novel

Nick "Nicky Vegas" Christophers

Nick Christophers, Cosa Nostra News contributing blogger, has published a work of fiction called Destinies, which is available on now. The story centers on mob boss Santo Furri and a looming mob war.

I spoke with Nick about the book recently.

What inspired you to write -- and what inspired Destinies?

"My knowledge and fascination with the mob world. I loved writing since I was a kid and it all started after reading The Outsiders by SE Hinton (an excellent book, folks! Was life-changing for me too--ed note.) that got me to write as well. I used some of my own experiences in the book."

So far Destinies is getting positive reviews and has a five-star ranking. (Nick also recently was filmed for a  mob documentary shot by a UK production company.)

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Nick, who I go way back with -- many years, actually (he lives blocks away from me) -- also is working on two other books, one on the Greek Mafia (in the US and abroad) and one on the life and times of Nicky "Slick" DiPietro, who Nick is friendly with and has written about on this blog.

Nick is a published writer for the past 20 years in many print and online publications. He was the editor for the national magazine Mob Candy Magazine. He has won an award for exceptional reporting for radio program AKTINA FM. He runs his own small PR firm Nick Christopher Ink Corp that submits content to multiple platforms. His knowledge of organized crime is extensive as he is not only a historian but knew many OC figures and still does.

Nick grew up seeing wiseguys walking into a cafe his father once ran. (He's written many solid pieces for us. Nick has his own Cosa Nostra contacts, too. He's an entrepreneurial, working journalist who some may recall served a stint as an executive editor at Mob Candy.)

Yes, that's Armand Assante next to Nick. On his right, Uncle Frank....

 "I was in awe of them with their swagger and style. There was our weekly bookie I will call him Mr. Bookie who came every week to either pick up or drop off the football sheets and take action in the back room. Or Mr. M who always sat at the same stool everyday and ordered the same thing while chatting up with my Dad and Uncle about horse bets. Then there was the soon to be boss who came around with his two sons later to be embroiled in a war with "The Snake". Also a member of Sonny Black's crew would come around after he moved to Belle Harbor, Boobie who I became close to and went to AC with. 

"Of course we also had the Jewish wiseguys like Mr. A and his bully son Hunter but I got along with them and shared drinks with them at the night clubs.

"My fascination I think derives from the above facts and that I joined a gang when I was in Jr High for protection from the bullies I had in Public School. I picked fights with them in Jr High since now I had the Bay Boys behind me. The gang was led by two Greeks so I fit in well. To this day I still know a few ex-made guys and have contact with them. I guess I will always have some kind of touch with the darker side (eat your heart out Vader)."

We wish Nick all the success in the world, and are eternally grateful for his friendship....