Welcome Toni De Palma with her paranormal romance!
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil's sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he's thrown into the life he's always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend who can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn't watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what's keeping him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
What was the first moment you know you wanted to write? When I was in third grade, we moved to an apartment on a busy avenue in Brooklyn. There were no kids around, but there was a great candy store. That year I ate more candy bars and read more books than ever before. My favorite book was Ramona Quimby, Age 8. I wanted to grow up to be Beverly Cleary.
How do you handle bad reviews? Uhm…I eat candy bars (notice a theme hereJ )Actually, I try to learn from them, but always try to put them in perspective. They’re just one person’s opinion. There are a lot of opinions out there.
What book do you recommend everyone should read and why? Nancy Farmer’s “The House of the Scorpion”. It’s way cool.
Where is your favorite place to write? This changes from book to book. For “The Devil’s Triangle” I wrote in my kitchen. It gets great sunlight.
Where did your inspiration for this book come from? I don’t like writing the first draft. Laying the bones down for a story is often tedious, especially knowing that much of it is going to change. The inspiration of The Devil’s Triangle came from Cooper, my main character. Cooper is tough on the outside and soft and emotional on the inside. I found him enormously appealing.
What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors. Maintain long term goals but don’t forget the small steps. What small step can you do right now? Today?
What is your favorite character in your book and why? Aside from Cooper, Lucy, Lucifer’s sister, is a real pistol. She’s sexy, wild and plays people for all they’re worth. I’d like to be her for just one day, though I might wreak a lot of havoc.
What is your favorite scene from the book or why? I love the first scene where Cooper is at the pearly gates waiting to hear whether he’s going to Heaven or Hell.
If your book was turned into a movie who would you want to direct it? My son is a filmmaker so I’d like him to take a shot. If not, Quentin Tarantino. He’s nutty. I’d love to see what he’d do with my material.
Where is your favorite place to read? On a plane going somewhere exciting.
12. What is your favorite song? Currently, I’m loving the Fun’s song We are Young.
What is your favorite movie? I love foreign movies. Javier Bardem was amazing in Biutiful. I also love Annie Hall and Midnight in Paris. I’m a big Woody Allen fan.
Is there another hobby you have that you would like to share? I crochet. When I got stuck in my latest writing project, I crocheted thirty hats – no kidding!