Today we welcome Donna Galanti to the guest author interview, you can read what she has to say below:
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I’m Donna Galanti and I write adult suspense and middle grade. I’m an International Thriller Writers Debut Author this year with my paranormal suspense novel, A Human Element. I also have a middle grade adventure out on submission and a young adult novel I’m starting. I moonlight as a freelance copywriter when not writing novels.
What first inspired you to start writing?
I grew up wanting to be a writer, since writing my first screenplay at six (a murder mystery), and falling in love with the Narnia chronicles. Aslan was my hero. I lived in England at the time and lost myself reading within my Harry Potter-like castle school–a perfect place with nooks to hide away and dream.
What is the most evil trick you have played on a nun?
Ha! I skipped Mass to unscrew the wheelchair ramp in school and hid it in the bathroom so the wheelchair nun couldn’t get to class to teach. No one got hurt, I swear!
If you could write the biography of anybody from history, who would it be?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. I re-read her Little House books and am fascinated by her life. She represents a defining span of time in American history. A time when folks lived off the land, began migrating West, lived amongst the Indians, and finally put down roots to settle the West and close the frontier.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Falling in love with characters so much I create theme songs for them, creep away from real people to be with them, and drag out writing The End as I don’t want them to say goodbye. Writing a sequel afterwards feeds this addiction.
And the hardest part?
Besides the constant roller coaster of success and challenges… all the business stuff that takes away from writing time.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
We may write alone but we can’t get published alone. Join a vibrant writer organization you can become involved in. Take workshops. Go to writer conferences. Keep improving your craft. And share the love. All authors started out alone at some point, so help ease the transition of a new writer emerging by mentoring them.
What are you working on at the moment?
Editing Book 2, A Hidden Element. It’s more murder and mystery with a dash of steam! When one family’s son is taken, they learn it’s by the same unearthly evil that brutalized them fifteen years ago. In a race to find their son's kidnapper, they discover his horrifying mission that binds them all together and must sacrifice all again to defeat a new, terrifying enemy–an enemy that wants to rule the world, with their son as his heir.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
A Human Element: One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.
Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test.
With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.
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Donna Galanti Bio:
Donna Galanti is an ITW Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press). She’s lived from England as a child to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. If she couldn’t write she would bike, hike, and kayak every day. Donna lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly no ghosts.
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Thanks to Donna for sharing her time with us, on Friday we welcome Robert Kintigh to the hot seat.