Okay, now that I have your attention. Not only do I offer a contest, but I conducted a phone interview with Danielle (author of Angelology) from her home in France! :-D She was so lovely and polite. And yes, I did gush about how much I loved the book. :-D Read our interview below her picture:
Demon Hunter--1.) What piqued your interests in angels and angelology?
Danielle Trusonni--I've always been interested in angels. I went to Catholic school as a child, but I never knew I'd be that interested in them until I stayed at a convent for research. There were beautiful glass windows, and pictures of old medieval churches and convents that were very inspiring to me as well. I think angels are part of our society in a really big way.
DH--2.) In order to conduct research for your novel, you stayed in the convent of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, WI, where your grand aunt is a nun. What did you experience there? And how did your stay influence your novel?
DT--I really didn't know what direction I wanted to go in during the beginning stages of the book. While I was at the convent, I knew I wanted angels to be a part of the novel. And I got a lot of ideas about Evangeline and decided her status of being a nun. Staying at the convent was only part of the research. I also visited all of the major locations mentioned in the book--New York, Paris, and the Devil's Throat Cavern in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. My research spanned two years.
DH--3.) Will the sequel to Angelology begin immediately where it left off, or will a period of time have passed? And will Evangeline remain the main character?
DT--A little bit of time will have passed. Evangeline and Verlaine will remain the two central characters.
DH--4.) What made you decide to write such a dark, fantastical story after your critically acclaimed memoir, Falling Through the Earth?
DT--My memoir was a book I wanted to write for personal reasons. I didn't have any preconceived genre set for me. I think that it's impossible to write the same book twice. I always knew that I would write fiction at some point. I think that it's important for writers to change and evolve. But initially, I didn't set out to write this kind of novel.
DH--5.) What sparked your interest in writing? And when did you begin your writing journey?
DT--I started writing when I was a teenager. I've always loved to read and write. In high school I wrote poetry and took creative writing classes. It took me a while to take writing seriously. I thing I began to take it seriously while I was at the Iowa Writer's Workshop, which gave me the discipline and the time. The time was a luxury.
Angelology was bidded for buy two major motion picture companies. Columbia won the bid. I cannot wait to see this movie and read its sequel. Angelology will be released everywhere on March 9, 2010. Go forth and buy it! You won't be disappointed. You can read all about Danielle at her two websites:
Viking has agreed to give away one signed copy to one very lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment. If you do not have a blog with your e-mail address listed, please list your e-mail address as follows: your e-mail (AT) wherever (DOT) com, so the spam bots won't send you junk mail. The contest is open to everyone in the world. The contest will end on March 10, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Good luck and don't forget to read my review of Angelology in the post below this one. :-D