Maria Stewart – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Looking For Closure: The Theresa Ferrara Story It is a non-fiction true crime story about the disappearance of my aunt Theresa. After her disappearance my family and I found out she was an FBI informant that turned in the main principles of the Kennedy airport heist, the Lufthansa heist. It was the biggest mob heist in history.

Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Maria Stewart, I am the oldest niece of Theresa Ferrara. I was born in Brooklyn and presently live on Long Island New York. I’m also the mother of three. I’ve been writing since school, but haven’t published anything until now. I wrote the story because I felt it was a story that should be told and with truth. There were many fabrications that were written in the papers and on the news. Everyone that knows me thought I had and lived an unbelievable story and kind of pushed and encouraged me to write the story. I also have a screen play written ,and looking for representation to get it into film form. It was very healing for me to write. It helped me get alot of feelings and fears out that were bottled up for years. I think I can help people who have lost loved ones through a kidnapping or murder. My strong faith in God and the love support and prayers of my friends and family helped me get through it all.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to leave something for my aunt, like a legacy. She was very young when she disappeared and never had any children. I didn’t write the book to mourn her life and what happened to her. I wrote it to celebrate her life and the show what good came out of a really bad situation. She helped put some very dangerous people behind bars–drug dealers and mobsters. She probably prevented alot of other murders from taking place through her informing the FBI. To me she was a hero. When I look at her life that way it makes me think that she must of been put on earth for this very reason. I think we are all born for a reason. She must have been here to stop some really dangerous and barbaric people. I am proud to be her niece. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her and think about her.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

I published through Outskirts press. I decided to publish through them because I am an unknown and new author, and could not find an agent or major publishing company to pick it up. A friend of mine published with them and was very happy with the results and marketing options they offer and provide. I self published so I would have something solid in my hands for marketing purpose. I now have a published book and screen play prepared and I am looking for a director, producer, and agent that are interested in a non fiction true crime mafia drama.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I didn’t. I had and lived a really interesting and unusual story and thought it was worth telling, so I went for it. I got started from a life’s tragedy. I also got into police files, did DNA testing and exhumed a body over twenty years after the story first took place.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Digging deep inside your soul and getting out the fears you had bottled up inside for years.

How do you do research for your books?

I did my research through police files, and I lived it.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

That writing is healing and you can touch alot of people through your words and story.

What are you reading now?

Its your time, by Joel Osteen

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love self help, love stories, true stories and history stories. The Other Bolyn girl is one of my favorites.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write about it if you really believe in it.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Book signings, radio interviews, on line interviews, entering book contests, and I’ve sent over 100 books all over the United States, Canada and Europe through Outskirts. I’ve also sent my story to various actors, directors and producers.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

It’s sold at the Book Revue on Long Island, New York. You can also get through Outskirts Press,, BarnesAnd Noble. com, Ingram books and elsewhere.


  1. joey desantis says

    maria im glad you wrote about your aunt i know it bothered you a long time my mother told me you were going to write a book about it before she passed away but i haven’t heard anything about it until now i plan to get a copy and read it i know it will be good i have read various books on the luftansa heist and have been curious to learn a differt angle on that subject good luck always joey