Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti

Please welcome Alex Disanti author of A Separate Heaven.

Alex Disanti will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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by Alex Disanti

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GENRE: Fiction/Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I learned to read at the age of four and I have always loved words. I think any author can relate to this. At the age of nine I was writing poems and short stories about my family.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

This is always the hardest question for me to answer because I wasn’t trying write at all when the story came to me. It was during a time when my husband was very ill. Every morning and evening I would take a brief walk in our neighborhood and for several months the story played out in my mind. One day I decided “I have a book!” I sat down at my computer and started writing and A Separate Heaven was born.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Only my imagination and my love of the written word.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

Despite the fact that I like people and consider myself a “people person,” I am not good at speaking in front of a group. Makes me very nervous! That I have three grown children who are most definitely my pride and joy. And that the only parts of A Separate Heaven that are personally fact-based are my love of ballet, the colors black and white, and I do dream of one day having a place on the Amalfi Coast!

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

A Separate Heaven is a series of seven books. I am currently completing the fifth book. After completion of the series, I have another novel in mind. I also have a collection of short stories I want to publish.

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

Well, since this is fiction…I would be Dominic Gianelli. To have his business acuity, his confidence and his power would be amazing.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

Chris Noth as Dominic Gianelli and perhaps Jessica Alba as Paige Hamilton.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I don’t belong to a group per se. But when I had completed the first three books of the series I advertised locally asking for readers in order to determine acceptance and marketability. I got 112 responses, which eventually became more than 900 of my “test readers.” They varied in age, occupation and educational background. It was encouraging and exciting that they all responded with positive reviews.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

It was 2009 when first submitted. It’s been a learning process through the years and life, as it will, has provided several bumps in the road. I think friends and family and the “test readers” convinced me to move forward.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

I can’t think of a “worst” but I think the best advice came from Editor Marti Kanna (New Leaf Editing) and from a journalism professor who both offered, “Just write it as you feel it. Don’t try to second guess yourself. You have to like your work before anyone else can, so don’t write for others, write for yourself.”

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

No outlines.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I love ballet and the theater so that carries over.

12. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

I have so many favorites, but To Kill a Mockingbird is one I read at least every other year.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

I have a collection of short stories I will entitle Seasons of the Soul. They have been written over a period of years (decades!). They span from stories of new love and marriage to family and finally demise.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

I never realized I had so many favorites in so many categories! But I guess I would have to say Al Pacino and Diane Lane.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

 

Oh, yes! By far, the scene that has caused the most commentary in the first book is where Dominic beats Paige. I hate to use the word beat but it’s accurate. He does it out of fear and concern. Paige, unwittingly, frightens him and, in his mind, has put her life in danger and Dominic’s response is excessive. But it was the way it played out in my mind and that’s the way I wrote it.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Shark Tank!

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?

 

I started out thinking A Separate Heaven would be a novel, one book. When I first began submitting it (to get an agent) I did not realize that word count was an issue. After numerous rejections with comments such as “Wonderful characters but too long,” and “Great storyline but too long,” one agent took pity on me and told me that for a new author with a first book publishers generally wanted to see between 80K and 120K (max) words. I was submitting a manuscript with 427K words. After that, it was suggested to me that I make it a series.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

 

Thank you so very much for being a host! I appreciate you.

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BLURB:

 

Step into a world of riveting drama. Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships. A novel by Alex Disanti. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Excerpt one from Book One

 

On October 2, 1980, Dominic Gianelli entered the offices of Carson, Wiehls and Fullerton. A client for only weeks now, his arrival caused a flurry of activity among the staff. Even the most experienced members of the investment firm were on edge. Henry Carson, owner and senior partner, was nervous and unsettled, completely out of character for him, but this was no ordinary client.

 

Gianelli was an enigma, recognized internationally in the business world and his accumulated assets were reported to be prodigious. Little else was known about him, although his penchant for two things, accuracy and privacy, had been evinced at their first meeting. He seemed to have come on the scene quickly, yet his profile revealed more than twenty years of steady, well-planned acquisitions and disposals. With as many European contacts as domestic, he was well respected here in New York. After all, one did not ignore this kind of wealth and, therefore, power.

 

He was a big man, six-feet, three inches in height, 270 pounds. Immaculately groomed, he had brown eyes and short, dark, slightly thinning hair combed back from his forehead. He seemed, by nature, a rather quiet man with low tolerance for the frivolous or inept. He had an air of confidence that was not lost on those who met him. Gianelli was a man comfortable with himself. When he entered a room, he owned it, and he knew it.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country. While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel. Early works were mainly poetry and short stories. As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript. Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.” These readers vary in age, occupation and background. It simply grew from there. Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.

 

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/alex.disanti.5

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/ASeparateHeaven

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/AlexDisanti

Website/Blog   http://alexdisanti.com

 

http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Heaven-Alex-Disanti-ebook/dp/B0036RTYW4/

http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Heaven-Book-2-ebook/dp/B008MOYTPS

http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Heaven-Book-3-ebook/dp/B009CICPZY/

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Alex Disanti will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1488

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25 comments on “Christine Presents ~ A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti

  1. alexdisanti
    January 21, 2016

    Christine, thank you for hosting A Separate Heaven today. I’m pleased to be here and looking forward to comments and questions.

    Alex

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 21, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. momjane
    January 21, 2016

    This sounds like a great series and it seems that you really enjoyed writing it.

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      For Momjane: I did …I am! Thank you! 🙂

  4. achristay
    January 21, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      Thank you for being my host today! I do enjoy the interaction with other readers and authors.

  5. Rita Wray
    January 21, 2016

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      When possible I will share an excerpt at each stop. Thank you for following!

  6. Eva Millien
    January 21, 2016

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      Thank you Eva for following. I appreciate the comments and especially the questions! Thanks again.

  7. Betty W
    January 21, 2016

    Wow! These books sound amazing! Thank you for the great post and contest!

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      Betty, I hope you take the opportunity to read the series. Thank you for following the tour. I appreciate all the followers.

  8. Mai Tran
    January 21, 2016

    What is your favorite biography?

  9. alexdisanti
    January 21, 2016

    Hello Mai! I have two favorites. Memoirs actually. Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) and Marguerite Duras (it is my understanding that most of her books are based on events in her life. .i.e. The Lover) Thank you.

  10. Victoria
    January 21, 2016

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      Hi Victoria! The interviews have been fun, and it’s nice that the hosts asks a variety of questions or invite you to give your opinion on a certain topic. Thank you!

  11. What is the last show you binge watched?
    Dianna

    • alexdisanti
      January 21, 2016

      Bosch, a detective series on Amazon. Another season due soon. Very good. Anxiously awaiting House of Cards, one of my all time favorites. Thank you, Dianna!

  12. nikolina84
    January 22, 2016

    Really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

    • alexdisanti
      January 22, 2016

      Thank you, Nikolina84! For reading and being a follower.

  13. Patrick Siu
    January 22, 2016

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

    • alexdisanti
      January 22, 2016

      Hi Patrick. Thank you for stopping in and checking out the tour. Wishing you a good weekend.

  14. Ree Dee
    January 25, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you.

    • alexdisanti
      January 25, 2016

      Good morning Dee! Thank you for following the tour. I hope you enjoy A Separate Heaven. 🙂

  15. alexdisanti
    January 25, 2016

    Christine, thank you for hosting A Separate Heaven today. I’m pleased to be here! Looking forward to comments and questions anyone might have

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