Hello everyone! Today we have author Desiree DeOrto with us. *muses escort Desiree to the gazebo*
Hello Desiree . Do you have a specific writing style?
Desiree: I don’t have a specific writing style, per se, unless there was a style called, ‘The Desi’, then I’d TOTALLY write like that!
Cathy: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Desiree: Yes. The entire Divinity Stone series is based around the myth of Shiloh Cemetery. Legend goes that at Shiloh Cemetery, there’s a warlock’s grave yard with an ever growing chain. Every year, underneath the blood moon, the chain has to be cut back by the cemetery keepers. If it’s not, then the Warlock will come back to life and set off the end of the world. *evil laugh*
When it comes to all my books, there’s a semblance of truth, regardless of any paranormal or fantasy element. The one thing that ties books to readers is emotion. The amazing ability to see a characters reactions and be able to say, ‘I’ve felt that way before.’ So with all my characters, whatever they’re going through has the same impact and emotion of when I went through similar. Granted, I’ve never saved the world, but the common basis of humanity is still there.
Cathy: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Desiree: Ooh, that’s a hard one. Ever since I’ve became an author I’ve been surrounded by other amazing authors. I have love and respect for all of them. They’ve all helped me out in some way, the majority without even realizing it. I can’t really say that I have had one specific mentor, because each author that has touched my life has done so in a meaningful way. To pick one over the other, to me, would seem like the gravest of betrayals.
Cathy: What book are you reading now?
Desiree: Read? What is that? Lol just kidding. I have a back list of books actually. Currently reading Crane by Stacey Rourke, then it’s on to My Soul For You by Morgana Pheonix, Marked by Felicia Starr, QuickBane by Chelsea Starling, and last but not least, Damaged by Becca Vincenza.
Cathy: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Desiree:New-to-me, yes lol. I tend to get behind the times, so while some will be new to me, they could have been around for a while. I’m absolutely in love with Jessica Shirvington. She has an amazing, captivating voice, and not only are her books completely filled with historical information, but the story line and characters are flawless and outstanding.
Cathy: What are your current projects ?
Desiree:Oh, that’s a fun question! Right now I’m working on Divinity Stone 3, Buds Diner 3, Generation X, Ever After Novel 1, and Shattered Promises, first in the Shattered Trilogy. ALL of which will be published by the end of the year! I have many more books to come, no worries!
Cathy: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If yes, how do you get past it?
Desiree:I don’t like to think of it as writers block. I prefer to think of it as procrastination or ‘I don’t wanna’ syndrome. I’ll know I’ll have to write, but it will feel like pulling teeth to get the words to come. So, I start writing sprints with other authors, and since I’m highly competitive it gets the words flowing in a hurry.
Cathy: Who designed the cover?
Desiree: I did! Believe it or not, I went to college for Animation and Graphic Design. I never got to finish because I had to drop out to take care of my daughter, BUT the love of design and all things anime has remained. This year I’ve opened up my own Cover Art business, and have enjoyed every second of it!
Cathy: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Desiree:Don’t write for the fame, the money, or the status. If you follow what’s trending in the publishing world in order to seek any of those, then you’ll not reach as far as you can dream. Why? Because if you’re forcing the story, it will never be as great as it’s supposed to be. Follow your voice, believe in yourself and your characters, and do what authors are supposed to do: Breathe new life into the literary world. Only then will you not only ‘feel’ satisfied and complete, but your books will be too. Readers can tell the difference.
Cathy: If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Desiree: LOL umm I wouldn’t have been so stupid? No, literally. My first book, The Prophecy, when I first wrote it I took advice from other people of how ‘they’ thought the book should be. What would be easier, faster, work better, etc. I. Hated. It. I spent so much time ignoring my own voice that I literally wanted to destroy my own book and never write again. But that was because I wasn’t writing ‘my’ book, I was writing everyone’s ideas of what my book should be. I completely re-wrote it, and couldn’t be happier with it! So yes, I would tell my past self to quit being so stupid, follow my ‘voice’, and to hell with others opinions!
Cathy: It’s Your Life…What actress would you have play you in a movie about your life? Why?
Desiree: I’d completely have to say RDJ. Yes, he’s male. But he’s HOT! Lol I really don’t watch TV, so I’m not current with any actresses. But I’d totally watch ‘my’ movie if RDJ was playing me just to see more of him.
Cathy: Coffee, Tea or Soda?
Desiree:Coffee AND soda! They don’t have very good tea around here (and no, I do not like sweet tea) so I don’t drink it much.
Cathy: What is your favorite Cartoon Character?
Desiree:Cartoons…. I have four kids, so my ‘favorite’ cartoon would have to be Calliou… because it entertains them the best!
Cathy: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Desiree: Hey everyone! I hope that you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming releases! Yes, there is plenty of emotional trauma for everyone in store, but don’t worry! As always, there is hope! Massive doses of love and confetti for everyone!
Here is a peek at the Divinity Stone series:
, Divinity Stone Book One The Prophecy
The people of Shiloh, Virginia thought it was just a story. A legend to keep children from misbehaving. A challenge to prove you have courage. What they didn’t know was that it was real. All of it was real.
When Starlette McKinley moved from the sparkling lights of LA to the sleepy town of Shiloh, she didn’t know that she would be the catalyst. She didn’t know that the rage and energy pulsing through her would be the key to unleashing an unsurmountable power that would either be the saving of mankind, or its destruction.
The blood will run, and the prophecy will be revealed. But will she be able to overcome the insurmountable odds? Or will she succumb to the energy within, welcoming the darkness that has become her only friend.
The Divine, Divinity Stone Book Two
The legend has become reality, even if the people of Shiloh, Virginia don’t know it yet.
Starlette McKinley had moved across the US only to find that the darkness raging inside of her wasn’t something of her own creation. It wasn’t something that could be medically treated by psychiatrists or any type of medication. The darkness was her power, and it was going to stay.
When she accepts that the greatest threat of all lies within herself, she will have to choose. Push away all those that she loves in order to keep them safe, or keep them near and witnessing their death.
Only through the help of The Divine will she be able to face what is to come. But at what cost? What sacrifice will The Divine demand as payment?
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