Vince Sgambati's family owned and operated an Italian-American grocery store similar to Lasante's. Though a work of fiction, the soul of Most Precious Blood is drawn from Vince's experiences, and like most of Lenny Lasante's childhood friends and siblings, Vince moved on, but often returned to reclaim some lost flavor of ethnicity. His short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals and anthologies and have been recognized by the Nimrod Literary Awards: the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest (2013 & 2016). Most Precious Blood is his first novel. Vince makes his home in the Finger Lakes area of Central New York and in Manhattan.