Born and raised in Soprano Land, New Jersey. A professional musician at fifteen, Freddy (to his friends) has sat at table with Billie Holiday, met Miles and Diz, and drummed (badly) with Philly Joe on a car's dash. Four years in the navy during Vietnam. Played Taps at Arlington Cemetery. Proofread at the L.A. Times. Worked the Texas oilfields and raised a pretty good line of pit bulldogs. He has at least half a dozen novels to his credit and loads of screenplays. At present, he and his lovely wife Sherry live in Arizona, their two married sons in the neighborhood.


 There are all sorts of writers and writers' motivations. Some want to make you laugh, some want to make you cry, and some only want to please as many readers as possible in order to sell lots of books and make tons of money. But however many different paths a writer might take, it boils down to just two: one is to court popularity and the other is to speak one's mind and take one's chances. Beware becoming too popular; it costs you everything.


  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449577369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449577360

Divinely Smitten:

Renowned atheist writer Claire Dobson's life turns terrifyingly wonderful when she meets teenaged jazz prodigy Dominic -- but is he truly The One Foretold?

At sixteen, Dominic wonders over his having been hidden away. He wonders over his stepdad's secret fears and desperations. He wonders over his mother's fondling beads 24/7 and thinks her quite mad.

But most of all he wonders over the woman Claire, she of the sad eyes. He wonders over the alive little flames she rouses in him, and he in her.

From Kirkus Discoveries' review:

"A jazzy story with holding power that enjoyably shuffles religion, mad science, fierce hopes and cleverly quotidian revenge... The end comes as a reckoning, a long-deferred accounting that turns the narrative on its head, not just wrapping things up but creating a fully realized tale."


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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (December 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449911773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449911775

Moths to Flame:

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame.

Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she's an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick's deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on -- there's death to pay!

Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won't.

From Kirkus Discoveries' review:

A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip.


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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450504876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450504874
And of the Holy Ghost:

A smart yet quirky study in race/gender relations, laughing even as it draws blood.

Says our visiting Spirit, this newcomer to our planet, observing us:

"These strange beings of aloneness, how they draw me to them. What unrealized beauty in them. What supremely accomplished greed, cruelty, and ugliness. How shoutful their stream of spoken words. How breathlessly inaudible the dark-alive whisperings of their unknown selves.

"Their spoken words are as easy as numbers, like equations, mere surface gloss at best. Yes, their conversations, their recorded words, are easy.

"Flesh is not easy. It is vibrant and electric. It dips to the middle of the Earth and at once spans the horizons. All that ever was, all that ever will be -- evident, contained, traceable in the whorls and contours of a single fingertip, all the tinily mirrored universe imprinted there. A fleshly little baby, even, can stick the whole of it in its mouth."

Then the Spirit meets our seamiest side, which is racism -- at which point it grows dangerously pissed off, not to mention All-Powerful.

From Kirkus Discoveries' review:

An absorbing mix of beguiling magical realism and bombastic social commentary.


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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451576994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451576993

All the Little Sparrows:

A seasonal and kaleidoscopic view of screenwriters living desperately impassioned lives in lovely Cambria by the sea.

From Kirkus Discoveries' review:

Amid tropical wilds on an imaginary reality-TV show, screenwriters of assorted skill levels and persuasions do what they do best — endlessly, shamelessly promoting themselves while perfecting their pitches — in this imaginative screwball comedy.

Set in a heightened version of the media-besotted present, the new novel by Maffei pits multiple crews of aspiring screenwriters against one another in fierce competition for the Big Prize — getting their screenplay produced. It’s American Idol crossed with Fantasy Island, by way of Gilligan’s Island, with perhaps a touch of Nashville. The author gleefully plays with stereotypes of gender, race and nationality, giving most of his sparrows — the ostensible contestants (there may be more going on with the reality TV show than meets the eye) — the monstrous ambition and cartoonish egos necessary for would-be players in Hollywood. There’s plenty of sex (mostly consensual, some polymorphous perverse) and drugs (booze and lots of “tea,” but only a whiff of coke) to keep the sparrows busy. Cinematic references abound: the participants natter on amusingly about their favorite films, and the heaps of sly allusions to the industry and its alpha dogs (real and imaginary) help keep the reader engaged. Backstabbing, behind-the-scenes power brokering, and gleeful betrayals keep the pacing lively. Add an ending that’s a mash-up of The Apple (sans disco) and A Chorus Line (without the dancing), and you get a quaintly surreal pop-culture trip that’s wittily self-conscious, sexy and assured. The only thing lacking is a delightfully silly mockumentary available to watch instantly on Netflix.


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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478253916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478253914

3 Most Singular Love Stories:

    The Last Sunflowers
If global warming hasn't yet won, it's about to -- and so artist Helen's last-ditch attempt to find love in a dying world.

     Sadie and the Scamp
Sadie falls hard for a jazz musician and no telling to what heights, or depths, she'll be swung.

     Of Dogs and Rainbows
All the prismatic delights of a dogfight: a love story.


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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480239372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480239371

The Skinny Guinea:

Italian dad Tony Poliziano is a mess.

He'd got his father's blood in him but his mother's soul. As brutal as he is tender, he's a man divided against himself.

How then is he to react upon learning that his ten-year-old son has been targeted as "gay" at school?

Immediately Tony is butting heads with school authorities, a war soon escalating onto L.A.'s gangland streets.

Things only worsen after that in this tale of husband versus wife, father against son, and man fiercely at odds with his fellow man. All very macho don't you know, but beneath it all a most strange and maddened sense of homoeroticism haunting the reins, the destination unspeakable.


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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
    (May 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497487536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497487536

Vinny and April:


Tricked and abducted, young Vinny lives with his brand new "Uncle Barry" in a cabin in the woods. Indoors, he plays the game, if only to survive. Outdoors, among the pines, he becomes a whole other self, a two-in-one -- free, untamed, feral.

Then came April.

Who was she, this little girl person who'd just entered his world? Was she real? What was she doing there? He stood staring, his every nerve wakened, electrified.

She glanced at him, then away, and back again, her small body trembling uncontrollably, her eyes big with terror.

"Hi," he said, and she managed the same.

"I want to go home," she said at last. "Will you take me there if I tell you my address?" she pleaded.

What he really wanted to do was to run in the woods, an invisible wind among the trees.

Except now he had someone to talk to, to join forces with, and to grow to love.


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