Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Daniele Lanzarotta!
Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/fantasy/contemporary novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and Mermaid’s Curse.
She has a bachelor’s in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn’t take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.
She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent…vampires… ghosts… She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.
Without further ado, here is Daniele’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I didn’t really think of it as a career until about seven years ago when I finished writing Imprinted Souls.
Why did you choose to write fantasy and paranormal? I chose to write fantasy/paranormal because of the endless possibilities. I can create an entire new world and anything can happen. My last book, Sudden Hope, is actually the first one outside of that genre and it was definitely more challenging. I guess humans are complicated that way.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I have some strange things in my books, but it was probably one of the scenes from Academy of the Fallen, involving demons. Writing those scenes really creeped me out, especially the ones with incubus and succubus demons.
What are you currently working on? Right now, I’m working on a few projects… Catch Me If I Fall, which is a sequel to Sudden Hope; The Right Kind of Wrong, which is a novella with Owen, from A Mermaid’s Curse; and a few movie scripts. *winks*
What motivates the plot of Sudden Hope? [It] started out as a NaNoWriMo project about two years ago. I wanted to write some different… outside of the paranormal/fantasy world, and I also wanted to write something with a message about hope in an environment where bullying is such a big part of teenagers’ lives.
What was the hardest story for you to write? The hardest story to write was Sudden Hope. Unlike with my paranormal novels where I can justify just about anything by creating a new reality, Sudden Hope revolves around humans in our world. The characters go through so much in relation to bullying and PTSD… those scenes were definitely difficult to write, especially knowing there are so many kids going through similar situations right now. [Such a good relevant book!]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My vampire Nicholas will always hold a special place in my heart. We have a lot in common… mostly because we are both very sarcastic. He was very fun to write.
Which authors inspire you? Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Jessica Sorensen… just to name a few.
What novel would you read multiple times? The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Probably John Hughes. I love his movies!
What is your favorite quote? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.” – (Jace) – Cassandra Clare
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dogs
What is your favorite color? Black
You can catch up with Daniele Lanzarotta, a part-time author, full-time marketing director for a multi-media company, and film student, online…
Thanks for being a part of A Center Stage Moment! It was great having you here.
Join me next week as I feature Leslee Horner!