I am totally having a relaxing Sunday. The sun is shining, and although there's a crisp breeze in the air, I find it very cozy. And what better to top off a perfectly cozy day than a cozy author interview. And guess what - I've got one for you! Today we're chatting with YA fantasy writer Donna Sirianni.
Welcome, Donna. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Sounds like you've got your hands full. How long have you been writing?
I started when I was 9 with a lovely piece of Saved by the Bell fanfiction I wrote for class. The rest is history.
Wow, Saved by the Bell. That brings me back, lol. What is the name and genre of the manuscript you're currently pitching?
My current manuscript out on submission is called Earth Shatterer and it's YA fantasy (snarky fantasy, I guess, although that's not a recognized genre).
I'd totally read snarky fantasy. Sounds great. Here’s the part where you pitch it. What’s your story about?
I'll just give you my blurb, otherwise I'll ramble -
Michael and Zana are being held captive in another world by a guy that used to be their dog. Instead of a yellow lab, he’s a jerk with a bid for multi-world domination and fully intends on using the siblings to get it.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I hate these kinds of questions! I never have really cool answers to them. Really, I was just sitting around one day dazing off into space when the image of a sequoia popped into my head. From there the sequoia cracked and a whole other world was on the other side. The rest of the story and the characters formed around that tree image in my brain.
Sounds cool to me. What else are you working on?
Manuscript enemas. Sounds like a very fitting term, lol. Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
For the most part I self-edit but I dig for beta readers when the situation calls for it.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
BIC. I'm such a horrible procrastinator (well, I guess I'm a really good procrastinator as it were) so I'll make excuses not to write. It takes a lot of me to actually just sit my ass in the chair and write. Editing's a pain in the ass, too.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. Can you name three non-writerly things about yourself?
I would hope so! I'm afraid of the dark, I love California and I have a terrible fear of natural bodies of water.
After picking all of the swan feathers out of my hair, I realize that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to jerry rig the turbo engine on the back of a row boat with a stapler.
Hehehe, awesome. Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Because my memory sucks terribly and for fear of leaving anyone out, I'm just going to say thank you to everyone that supports me and my writing, past, present and future. You know who you are.
And finally, where can people find you online?
I can be found at my blog, Fantastical Imagination, http://www.imaginewrite.net/blog
Thank you so much for letting us get to know you, Donna. I look forward to seeing your work in the bookstores. Good luck!