Thursday, January 10, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: SANDY GRANATO





ABOUT THE BOOK


Storm of the Soul is a thriller about a woman who relocates to the Bronx with her child to hide from her alcoholic abusive husband.


Debbie Cavagnino lives with her mother Rosa in the Bronx, New York City. Life is tough, but they get by. We follow her and various friends growing up through the years at school, college and the work place; their struggles, sorrows and joys, the schoolgirl crushes, and mainly unreliable boyfriends. Rosa early on divorced her violent and abusive husband; she is strong and has come to terms with it, but at a deep level, Debbie remains emotionally damaged, and is vulnerable, having lacked a proper father figure. Debbie meets Frank, seemingly a good man. He is certainly personable and romantic, and they soon marry, set up house and home and have a baby daughter, Stephanie. But Frank has a dark side; he is unfaithful and he has a drug habit. Debbie's dream life is shattered, but she remains loyal and concentrates on bringing up the little girl. Frank is murdered, apparently by a drug pusher, but what emerges is truly shocking . . .


Book Details: 


Title: Storm of the Soul


Author: Sandy Granato


Genre: Thriller


Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers, Ltd. (November 30, 2017)


Print length: 497 pages








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT INTERVIEW WITH SANDY GRANATO


A few of your favorite things: Watching TV. Listening to music. Reading. Writing.
Things you need to throw out: My old shoes. My broken printer.


Things you need in order to write: A notebook. A cup of tea. A piece of cake. Chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing: Too much noise and not reading enough.


Things you love about writing: Writing gives me a sense of calmness. I sometimes feel like I’m being transported to a more peaceful place.
Things you hate about writing: I can’t think of any.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Working from home.

Hardest thing about being a writer:
Jealous people.


Things you love about where you live: Living in the country in Piedmont, Northern Italy is peaceful and it gives me creativity.
Things that make you want to move: Gossiping people.


Things you never want to run out of: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Stupid things in which I could have spent my money on better things.

Words that describe you: Kind. Sensitive.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Anxious. High Strung. Suspicious.

Favorite foods: Chocolate. Mashed Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes. Carrots. 
Things that make you want to throw up: The smell of vomit.

Favorite music: My God! I have so many. Just to name a few:
                                               1. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics.
                                               2. Frozen- Madonna
                                               3. Imagine – John Lennon
                                               4. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
                                               5. Beatles – A Day In The Life
                                               6. U2 – One
Music that make your ears bleed: Country music and opera.

Favorite beverage: Coca Cola. Tea with honey and lemon. Hot chocolate
.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Facials.

Favorite smell: Roses and freshly cut grass.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Farts.

Something you’re really good at: Writing.

Something you’re really bad at: Bowling.

Something you like to do: Go on vacations.

Something you wish you’d never done: Being kind to people who hurt me profoundly.

Last best thing you ate: Walnuts.

Last thing you regret eating: Too much bread and too much sugar.

Things you’d walk a mile for: The man of my dreams.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Zombies,  witches, and vampires.

Things you always put in your books: Some adverbs. (Despite Stephen King being against them.)

Things you never put in your books: Redundancy and incorrect grammar.

Favorite places you’ve been: New York, Texas, Milan. 

Places you never want to go to again: Philadelphia.

Favorite books:
1. It – Stephen King
2. A Time To Kill – John Grisham
3. 1984 – George Orwell
4. 11th Hour – Jams Patterson
5. The Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
6. Echo Burning – Lee Child
7. The Wizard Of Oz –  L. Frank Baum
8. The Shining – Stephen King
9. The Client – John Grisham
Books you would ban: I don’t know any.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Stephen King, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Those who hate me.

Favorite things to do: Watch TV. Listening to music. Relaxing.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Dusting the house and ironing.

Things that make you happy: Love. My mother. My animals (I have two dogs, two birds, and a turtle.) Writing.

Things that drive you crazy: Tension. Nagging people. Evil people.

Proudest moment: Having my book published.
Most embarrassing moment: Leaving a public restroom with half my behind showing.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: My age (Which is nobody’s business!)

A lie you wish you’d told: I don’t know.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Moving to Italy from New York. 

Biggest mistake: Not being very happy when it counted the most.










ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sandy Granato was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. She grew up in the Bronx, where she also attended school. In 1960 her mother migrated from Piedmont, Italy to New York to study fashion design. Sandy's mother worked as a patternmaker at New York City's garment district. Sandy's parents divorced when she was four. It's nine years now that she's been living in Italy. She and her mother relocated there to be closer to the family. Sandy is bilingual. (Italian-English). However, English is her mother language. She started writing Storm of the Soul eight years ago. She's currently working on the final draft of her third book and has already started her fourth one.




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