Today I brought a friend of mine to the blog:
Renita PizzitolaHer book GOSSAMER was released in the beginning of October by Lyrical Press.
Can you tell us a little about your book?
I’d love to! Gossamer is based on Irish legends in a modern day setting and ends with a classic fairy tale twist. The story focuses on Kyla, who goes by Kylie. She’s never really considered herself to be anything special—just a normal girl coasting in the middle but when she meets Grant things begin to change. She soon discovers she’s part of an elaborate plot to save two children and now she’s in danger. With her life in Grant’s hands, she flees to a world she never even knew existed, but as more secrets are revealed she discovers her new life comes with a price. Now Kylie, who’s never been away from home and has always relied heavily on her best-friend for everything, must learn to make her own decisions and stand up for herself. The girl Kylie is at the beginning of this series is definitely not the girl she will be by the time it ends.
Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser?
A little of both. I always have a basic idea. I know what the core of the story will be. I have my main characters and know how it will start and end, but everything in between just comes as I go along. I usually have a vision but once the story begins it takes on a life of it’s own.
What books are sitting on your TBR pile that you can’t wait to read?
I recently finished reading Easy by Tammara Webber and LOVED it so now I want to read her Between the Lines series. I’m also looking forward to reading Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens and Taking Chances by Molly McAdams.
What’s your favorite quote from any book?
I love Oscar Wilde so I could basically quote anything from him, but one that I’ve always liked is “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame” from The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Who’s hero crush of the moment?
Lucas! (From Easy) I’ve decided every guy should be hiding supreme intellect behind bad boy good looks, be highly trained in self-defense and sketch on the side. That’s not too much to ask, right??
What are you working on now?
I’m working on edits for Dream On (an adult paranormal romance) and Gilded (Gossamer book 2). When I actually get a little free time to write I’ve been working on the final book in the Gossamer series and I’ve started a new project that is pretty different from what I usually write so we will see how that goes :)
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be?
Writing pretty much is my only dream job and I would love to be able to do it full-time!
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had?
I wish I could paint. I’ve always thought it would be so cool to be able to do that but the only place my paintings could currently hang is on the fridge door next to my kids’ school artwork sadly being overshadowed by macaroni and crayon masterpieces.
What does New Adult mean to you and why do you write NA?
I think New Adult is a transitional genre for readers that feel too old for some YA but not ready to move into the adult romance genre and stories about issues that aren’t really relevant to them yet such as marriage, kids or jobs. They need books about life after high school but before the responsibilities of true adulthood. And honestly I like the idea of writing about that in between time. Eighteen-and-up characters allow writers more freedom to push the limits on relationships, life events, actions and consequences.
What are some words of advice that you would offer to aspiring authors who are writing in the NA category?
I’m glad to see the publishing world is beginning to recognize NA as an under-served market. I think this growth provides a wonderful opportunity for those authors who’ve heard the “your character is too young for YA/too old for adult” speech. My only advice to any writer is to be sure you’re writing your story and not what you think readers want to see. What may be flying off the shelves today probably won’t be the same by the time your manuscript is completed. And, above all else, keep writing! Don’t let rejections or self-doubt hold you back.
Shouldn't all faerytales end with happily-ever-after?
Kyla Ashbury is nearing her eighteenth birthday when a mysterious boy appears at school. Her instant attraction to him inexplicably awakens something inside her and she discovers her true identity.
Now, armed with the knowledge of her past, she is forced to leave behind the life she has always known for a new one filled with temptation, faery charm and magic, and a future she wasn't prepared for.
Kyla is left with a difficult decision…but no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt.
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.