MEET THE AUTHOR: DANIELE LANZAROTTA
Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/fantasy/contemporary novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, Sudden Hope, and Mermaid’s Curse. Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn’t take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.
She also works at multi-media company, Rocket Science Productions, and studies digital cinematography at Full Sail University. She enjoys watching hockey, playing Rock Band, Guitar Hero and spending time with the family.
Q: Tell us something about the person behind the author and filmmaker.
Daniele Lanzarotta: The person behind the author and filmmaker loves helping other people make their dreams come true. I love helping new authors, or really, anyone who works in the creative field, to succeed. There are a lot of talented people out there.
Q: You’ve created many paranormal characters including otherworldly beings and mermaids in your novels. Which paranormal creature would you say you love the most? (You have to choose one.)
Daniele Lanzarotta: This is not an easy question to answer… I would probably choose fallen angels just because they tend to be such complex creatures. Everything they have become is because of mistakes from their past, so there is a certain level of humanity mixed in with regret, which makes them very interesting to write.
Q: Now that you are working on film making, do you see yourself directing a movie of The academy of the fallen (or your other novels)?
Daniele Lanzarotta: I have a few projects on the way. Sudden Hope is one of them, and I’m also working on a script for Academy of the Fallen. I would love to direct or even be the First AD for Academy of the Fallen. We will see how it plays out.
Q. Tell us about your latest novel “Sudden Hope”.
Daniele Lanzarotta: Sudden Hope is a young adult novel about first love, friendship, and finding hope within a tough high school environment. The main character, Skylar is bullied at school. Alec, is a cancer survivor who has a different perspective when it comes to life. He makes it his mission to show Skylar that life is worth living, and he ends up learning that same lesson in the process.
Q. What authors and books do you admire?
Daniele Lanzarotta: Some of my favorites are The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski, From The Wreckage by Michelle G. Miller, and anything by Richelle Mead.
Q. Where do you see yourself as a writer and filmmaker in the future?
Daniele Lanzarotta: I see myself creating new worlds and bringing them to life on the screen, as well as adapting the work of other authors. There are so many great books out there that are not getting the attention they deserve.