Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Giovanna Lagana: I'm a freelance writer and editor. I work for a few publishing houses. I'm also a mother of three kids, so you can imagine how busy my day can get. But I love every minute of it and wouldn't change it for the world. :)
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Giovanna Lagana: I'd most probably be Jonathan. I grew up a tom boy with a very vivid and strange imagination. So I can relate to his introverted character the most, especially in Book 2 that I'm writing now. He is ten years older in this story and sees the world in a totally different light after all he has been through in "The Battle of Armageddon".
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Giovanna Lagana: I'm a huge fan of "The Omen" and almost all of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, so these films influenced me, plus I'm an avid enthusiast of epic stories.
I wanted to write a series for women who wanted romance mixed equally with suspense, mystery, and horror. Each genre would be a major factor in weaving the story, but would never outshine any of the other genres in it.
I also wanted to tell the story in several points of view. I love using POV and the time line as my tools to develop my characters and the plot.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Giovanna Lagana: Here's the back cover blurb on the story.
It'll give you an idea of who each character is and what part he/she plays in the story: A boy searching for absolution finds terror and torment...
Driven by guilt of his father's death and fear of his new found visionary abilities, Jonathan runs away from home only to befriend pure evil.
A mother haunted by dreams avenges her son's death...
When nightmares of Miriam James' missing son's death invade her sleep, she decides to go with her deceased husband's friend in search of her son's murderer.
A man driven by love sacrifices everything...
Alex Thompson has loved Miriam for so long, but she was never his to take. When her husband suddenly dies and she becomes available, he struggles with his conscience to honor his friend's memory while he helps her in her quest.
A demon seeks to destroy his formidable enemy...
With an army of visionaries at his side and his supernatural powers, Nathan searches for his enemy and the secret to destroying The Chosen One.
They all meet in THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Giovanna Lagana: Book 2 "A Child's Secret" in this series "With Black & White Comes the Grey" will be an evolution, not only for the characters but also in my writing style. I initially wrote the first story in 2004 and although I have revised it, strengthened it, and expanded it, it doesn't fully reflect my evolving writing style.
I have a lot more diversified editing experience as well as writing experience under my belt now, so this has affected my writing style, I hope for the better.
Science also plays a role in Book 2 that didn't in Book 1, so it's a challenge to incorporate it into the mix and make it believable. And there are two antagonists in this story and I'll be telling the story through only one of their POVs.
Book 2 is the hardest story I have ever had to write so far. :)
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Giovanna Lagana: No, I don't. But I have a few friends who I test my stories out on. I'm so grateful for all their support and wonderful suggestions. My stories are a lot better and stronger thanks to them. :)
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Giovanna Lagana: Through my website www.giovannalagana.com would be the best way. My e-mail address is on the site under the 'Contact/Links' button. I'm also on Facebook.
My blog is http://jjgiovanna.bravejournal.com
I'm planning on getting a Word Press blog, but haven't set it up yet.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Giovanna Lagana: "Tribulations of Existence" a chapbook of my poetry published by The Plowman way back in 1999. It was dedicated to my dad who died the year before. He was the biggest supporter of my writing. It's been out of print now for many years.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Giovanna Lagana: If the plot is simple, no I don't use an outline. But for complicated plots like in "The Battle of Armageddon", yes. This way, I won't goof up the time line and can see how effective the suspense I'm creating is coming along.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Giovanna Lagana: I'd like to write a young adult fantasy story. I have several ideas fluttering in my mind and would love to write a story based on one or many of these ideas. It would certainly be a challenge to write and I'd need to read many YA stories to get the feel for it. There are a ton of amazing YA fantasy stories and series out there to keep me entertained in my research. :)
Thank you for this opportunity!