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Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel by C.D. Gori Interview & Giveaway

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Book Synopsis:

Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel

“Hi. My name is Grazi Kelly. There are things I know are true and things that I never would have guessed. First, demons and witches exist and they are evil. Second, the world is up for grabs and the witches are getting their minions ready. Third, I’m a werewolf and it’s my job to stop them.”
High school sophomore Grazi Kelly leads an ordinary life in the suburbs of New Jersey helping her grandmother with chores and attending Catholic school. Things are pretty good except for her bullying cousin and the rest of the obnoxious cheer team. Then things take a frightening turn when the night of the full moon arrives and the bodies start piling up. Grazi learns that she is different in ways she never expected. She finds herself torn between Sebastian, the school soccer star and Ronan, a foreign exchange student who shares her secret. She must uncover the identity behind the mysterious attacker, but is she ready for the entire truth?

Biography:

C.D. Gorri earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Montclair State University. She attended Catholic school from grades K-12 and is the youngest of six daughters born to Italian immigrant parents. She lives in her home state of New Jersey with her husband, their children, and their dog.

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C.D. Gori, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I just have to say I love the word logophile and yes I believe I have always been one! I started writing before I was three, my name and such and I guess I have never stopped. The same with reading, anything from Shakespeare to King, Austen to Rowling. My love affair with words will probably continue until the end of my days and maybe even after that.
  2. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is red. True red.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1978. I grew up there as well. I lived in a three bedroom apartment with my mom, dad and five sisters and lived across the street from my would-be husband. My aunts, uncle and grandparents all lived on the same block. I had a very loud, chaotic, and loving upbringing filled with good food and laughter.
  4. What is your favorite sports team? I had never really followed sports as a kid, but as an adult I’d have to say I am a NY Giants fan (if I  wasn’t my children might mutiny!).
  5. Who is your favorite author? I love so many genres of literature covering so many time periods that this is probably the most difficult question I am ever asked. Off the top of my head let me say J.K. Rowling, no maybe C.S Lewis, ooh and J.R.R Tolkein, George R.R. Martin…oops, I just can’t decide!
  6. What is your favorite book? One of my absolute favorites is Pride and Prejudice. I first read this novel by Jane Austen in high school and I reread it every now and again just for fun. I love the characters, even the frivolous ones, but especially Mr. Darcy! He’s the ultimate in tall, dark, and handsome for me.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? When not writing I am living! Seriously though, I have three children who take up most of my time and I love and cherish every minute we spend together. We are an active bunch, there are practices, games, swimming, school plays and all sorts of activities going on in our house anytime of year.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? Stay-at-home mom is a full time job that I am proud to have. I have so many roles that that one label really doesn’t cover it. I often get annoyed when people say I don’t work. I mean come on. I do everything, cooking, cleaning, driving around, school volunteer, etc… It’s probably the most important job in the world. Seriously, stay-at-home parents raise people. We raise the future.It also affords me some sparse moments here and there when I can put aside some chore for a day and just say okay, today I’m going to write.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Yes, never put off your writing. There will never be enough time, you have to make the time to write. Treat it as the serious career choice it is and put in the work, you will feel great afterwards I promise. Oh yeah, you should also read. Read, read, read. Everything you can, not just what you like. Read and explore.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Sometimes both I guess. I mean writing is wonderful. It’s my therapy, my escape, my way of recording whatever thoughts or inspirations I have. It is both fulfilling and frustrating. Like when I’m trying to sleep and I get that OMG moment at like three am, then of course, I have to wake up, sneak downstairs with my lap top and finish the thought. So yeah, little sleep, but hey, I’m a mom so I never get much anyway.
  11. Where do you write? Anywhere I can. I set up a small work area in my bedroom which is great when the kids are at school, but when they are home it’s not like I can just lock myself away. I’ll write at practices, in the kitchen while I’m cooking, on the sofa, at the park. I usually use a notebook first, or my notes app on my cell if I forget an actual notebook. That’s just to jot down ideas. I only use my lap top at home. That’s when I mean serious business and I need to concentrate.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? When I am brainstorming I don’t mind background noise. Even for the first few rough drafts a little noise is okay. It’s the editing that requires silence. I save that for very late at night.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Coffee or tea when it is cold outside. Unsweetened iced tea or seltzer with lemon when it is warm out.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? In the beginning, when I just finished college I wanted to write, but like so many people I put it off. I started a family fairly young and thought it would be wrong of me to take time away from them to write. But kids grow up and I realized I still needed to be me. I’m a mom and wife, but I am a writer too. One doesn’t precede the other, it’s just who I am. It took a little while for me to find that special balance that works in my life. I am so very happy I have.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I have been writing for years in my spare time. I have several unfinished manuscripts. I have been intrigued with Grazi Kelly, my main character, for a few years now. She has floated in and out of my mind demanding to be heard since I’ve had my youngest. He’s five. I finally sat down and finished Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel this past February. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life to have finished that ebook. Hunter Moon, book two, will be released in August 2014.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? That would be sooo cool! I think Bailee Madison would make a great Grazi and maybe Jake Austin for Sebby and an unknown for Ronan.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? I think Grazi would enjoy a visit at the Gorri household. She is active and healthy and loves good food and we are always cooking up something here. She is also a smart young girl who enjoys reading and since I do too I think we’d have some things to talk about.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I have set up my own website www.cdgorri.com and I have a Twitter account @cgor22, a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cdgorribooks, a Google+ account https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CDGorribooks/posts, a tumblr and a Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7899700.C_D_Gorri, but I’d have to say the best way of promoting my ebook has been through awesome book bloggers like you who give us indie authors a platform to talk about our work. Guest posts, giveaways, and interviews have really helped generate interest in Wolf Moon and I am so thankful to all of you who have helped get me this far. As for you readers out there, none of us would be anywhere without you so keep on reading and don’t forget to leave reviews because they really help! Thank you all so much!
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Well, I was told by some people that they would not read my book because there is a Catholic element to it. Grazi is Roman Catholic and attends a Catholic high school. I just wished they would give it a chance because Grazi is the narrator of her tale. She is not trying to convert anyone. It’s simply her background and if we can read about magic and mythology, why not read about her tale. It’s a pretty cool one. I mean, she’s a Werewolf who works for the Catholic Church.
  20. What has been the best compliment? I received a private message from a young lady who runs her own page on Facebook. It was maybe a week after I released my book and she just wanted to tell me that she enjoyed it and couldn’t wait for the next one. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get her message and anytime I encounter negativity I think, well, someone out there likes it! I will probably remember that message forever.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Absolutely. My family is of Italian descent and we have a long standing history of good family cooking that I incorporated into my novels. I also attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade and drew from those experiences as well. As for the Werewolf and witches part I kinda went with my imagination.
  22. How did you come up with the title? It just came to me. Then I realized I could take it further, I mean Wolf Moon, because in that first installment Grazi discovers she is a Werewolf for the first time. There is also an online role playing game that her best friend, Angela, introduces her to called Wolf Moon. In it Grazi and Angela have Werewolf avatars who can go on hunts and discover new things about their own supernatural community.
  23. Will there be a sequel? Yes. Hunter Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel will be released August 2014 and Rebel Moon, the third installment, will be released the following spring.
  24. What project are you working on now? I am wrapping up Hunter Moon and outlining Rebel Moon.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I guess if anyone is wondering, the idea for my series started out very generally. I knew I wanted to write something in the YA paranormal fiction genre, but I was unsure what exactly. I read most of the really popular supernatural series and am a big fan of all the stories about, Demons, Vampires, Witches and Werewolves. Movies too. I’ve always been a bit of a movie buff. I particularly liked the idea of centering my story on Werewolves, because for one thing they are alive and I thought, hey that’s cool. In Grazi’s world the Werewolves have families, friends, they eat food, they have jobs, go to school, play sports etc… Yes, they do have packs, but they are individuals too. The Hounds of God are like a super pack of Werewolves who function as a team in order to accomplish the impossible. They basically save the world one battle at a time. Grazi is a bit of loner in the beginning, but after discovering her Werewolf heritage she finds herself with more family than she knew existed and discovers that she is a member of a very old and very powerful pack. In her journey she will find she can be her own person and still part of a team. I wanted readers to be able to relate to some aspects of the Werewolves in this series and maybe to inspire them as well. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Grazi’s story helped some kids understand the importance of being an individual as well as the necessity of teamwork and cooperation? There has got to be a healthy balance in life and part of Grazi’s story is finding hers.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Love Werewolves!

****Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel, please comment on this post. 

 

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  1. Thank you very much for the opportunity, I enjoyed the interview! <3

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