Today I have the lovely and talented Toni de Palma on my blog, and we’re celebrating her upcoming release, The Devil’s Triangle, which goes live on February 15, 2013. So without further ado, let’s jump into the interview, shall we?
CA: What made you decide to write a novel?
TdP: Cooper, my main character, was too hard to ignore. He’s a teenage boy with a heart of gold, who isn’t bad on the eyes either. Cooper struggles with doing the right thing and his inner bad boy.
CA: Why paranormal?
TdP: Cooper not only has to deal with his inner Devil, but the real Lucifer too.
CA: How many books/short stories do you have planned for this series?
TdP: Three. I’m putting the finishing touches on the second book, The Devil’s Temptation, now.
CA: Where would you live, if you could live anywhere in the world?
TdP: That’s tough. I love Paris, but I also love the Italian island of Ischia where my dad is from. A little bungalow in Key West isn’t a bad idea either.
CA: Name 3 simple joys in your life.
TdP: According to my husband, I am anything but simple, but I’ll try. I love my bike, my dog and family dinners.
CA: If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead or fictional, who would it be and where would you go to eat?
TdP: I feel like I did this this past summer when my husband, son and I had many wonderful dinners in Italy.
CA: If you could give just one piece of advice to a writer starting out, what would it be?
TdP: Find a wonderfully supportive writers group that will also keep you accountable. I would be nowhere without my group.
CA: What do you do when you’re not writing? Do you have a Day Job?
TdP: I teach creative writing at a local college and am planning a writers retreat in Ischia, Italy. You can find out more about the retreat at www.tonidepalma.com
CA: Ooh, a writer’s retreat in Italy! I’ll have to save for it, that sounds divine! And at least, when you’re teaching creative writing, you are also immersing yourself in writing. That’s soo cool! Name one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you.
TdP: Don’t tell anyone, but my grammar stinks. Thank goodness for editors!
CA: Oh, I know! I LOVE my editors. They are the BEST people in the world! Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?
TdP: Nope, I think that’s it. Thanks!
CA: Thank YOU, Toni, for coming to Writer Wednesday!
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend who can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
Where to Find Toni:
Goodreads book page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13610688-devil-s-triangle
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/465309.Toni_De_Palma
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/WriterToniDePalma?fref=ts
Thanks for stopping by – please give Toni some comment love!
What a fun interview, and yes, I’m totally interested in a writer’s retreat in Italy. Not sure how I could swing that baby but Parlo l’italiano!
If you go, then I’m going, Louisa! If I have enough notice, I can brush up on my Italian pretty quickly…
LOL. Parlo anch’io, Louisa. And my mom’s name is Louisa too 🙂
Great interview. Wouldn’t a writer’s retreat on the island of Ischia be devine? : )
…it could also be divine. Oops! : )
Romantic setting, good food, good wine, good company – it’s like a dream!
Great interview, ladies! Congratulations, Toni, on your upcoming release. Can’t wait to meet Cooper!
Thanks for popping in, Sam!
Hi, Toni! Great interview. I’m so glad I didn’t miss it.
Louann, good to see you! Hugs woman!
Great interview! I have this book on my TBR list!
Me too, Lindsey. Can’t wait for it to come out!
Thanks for adding me to your list. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you read it 🙂
A writer’s retreat in Italy? Sounds awesome!!
Great interview, ladies 😉
LOL! Thanks, Katie 🙂
Darn! I knew I needed to apply for a passport! 😀
Sounds like a great retreat!
Don’t leave home without it…or a book for that matter. Thanks for joining in, Loni 🙂