Interview with GiAnna Moratelli

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in junior high.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is always changing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It relieves stress while "entertaining" someone else.
What do your readers mean to you?
My kind of writing isn't for everyone. I hope those who read my work at least know I put a lot into it. A woman told me once, "I really didn't like your book, but you're a good writer and you put a lot of research into the subject." That was the book Watchman's Point. And it was a compliment.
What are you working on next?
I'm not really sure, but plan on writing either about a murder that took place in Grimes, Iowa or the one in Agency, Iowa. Grimes is closer to me, so probably that one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. I spend a lot of hours working.
How do you approach cover design?
I take my own photography and I have a million pictures to choose from, but finding something that works with the story within the cover is what counts.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a tough one. I liked the first page of Shane for the description. I also like the beginning of the Scarlet Letter. The author's description of the door was remarkable. Lord of the Flies was a good book because it really showed the regression of man in this world and the harm he can do, especially if he thinks no one's watching.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't get much reading time for pleasure. I like cars and indulge in the Buick Bugle, a car magazine directed at Buick owners.
Describe your desk
It's crowded between the police scanner, printer, computer and all kinds of papers that have to do with my writing, including but not limited to lists of characters that I'm using along with keeping track of chapters and pages. I don't like too many pages in one chapter. I have a fish aquarium on the corner of my desk.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a chance to publish, whereas "regular" publishers always wanted hordes of money to publish my work or like my writing but, it's just not what they're looking for at the moment. Working with regular publishers can be pain staking, to say the least. I read about how many publishers turned down Stephen King and laugh. I bet they're kicking their asses at that.
Who are your favorite authors?
I can't say I have any favorites. There are a lot of good writers out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. It was in elementary school. I wrote about a guy who got trapped out in a snowy wilderness and everything he done to survive until he made it home. The teacher loved it and asked if she could keep it. Sure why not? What was I going to do with it.
What is your writing process?
From memory, from a lot of things.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not hardly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smart phone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I met a gal at a writer's conference and she said I was really well written and asked if I had published? No, I hadn't. Messing with publishers takes a lot of time. I don't have a lot of time. She told me about Smashwords, so I decided to give it a try. It's worked well for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work. Sometimes as early as two in the morning. I have that kind of job.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't really used any, but am thinking about the local paper. I think local crime will get their attention, mostly because it's in a low crime area and murder catches their attention quick.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Mid-west, so most of my stories take place in the mid-west. The first story of my mystery series starts off New York, but at the end of the book the main character and his new love are moving to Illinois where he grew up.
Published 2016-07-30.
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Books by This Author

Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,450. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The end to Chief Joe Novelli's case is coming to a close. But not the way he wanted. A killer has not only revealed it's identity but who the next intended victim is. Someone close to Chief of Police Joe Novelli is about to die unless he can find a way to stop them.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Years ago Constance's father decided she ought to marry Quintin McCord. The sports fisherman/ex-lawyer could take care of her he said. But now Constance has met the man of her dream, the Chief of Police Joe Novelli. The only problem is they're both married, and it gets more complicated when murders start happening on the beach across from the island she shares with her husband.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,050. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Joe Novelli has his hands full trying to figure out who killed a girl out on the beach. And when he thinks his job can't get any harder someone vandalizes his office and then a cop from New York shows up expressing to him that she can do his job better than him. Or so she thinks. Then to top things off there's another murder.
The Hellion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,940. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Roxy loves her horse and Joey, her brother's star basketball friend. Rob wants a scholarship to college for basketball like Joey. But Roxy and Rob's parents have strict control. No dating and coming home to chores and working in their dad's garage is foremost. This strict control and two teenagers want of freedom will end in disaster for one of them.
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,350. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Margie Portman and her daughter, Tisha are found murdered. Tisha's best friend, Cheryl has been sexually assaulted and stabbed but she's still alive. Having returned from a Horrorcore concert, Lt. Joe Novelli has to determine if someone from the concert had anything to do with the murders or if it was someone closer to the victims. It's a twist that even will surprise Novelli.
Cat Tracks To Murder
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,060. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Having just moved to Springfield 6 months ago, Todd Sieck is found naked and murdered. How could the car salesman made anyone mad enough to kill him? Or was he in a steamy affair that went terribly wrong? According to everyone Lt. Novelli interviews everyone liked him. Well someone didn't like him because someone put three bullets in him. Bloody cat tracks by the family cat lead him to the killer.
Acquittal = Murder
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,500. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Katherine's acquitted for the murder of her and ex-husband, police officer Ray Collins, daughter Catlin. The next morning she's shot in a hotel parking lot in front of two police officers, but no one sees the shooter. Lt, Joe Novelli's investigation of the murder reveals that murder isn't the only crime and the murder of one child becomes that of possibly three,
Across The Green Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,470. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A private charter has crashed on the plains of Montana in the middle of nowhere. Fourteen people were aboard but only three will survive. The pilot Mike Cordell knows the weather is not in their favor, winter is coming. It's a long walk out of Montana. Longer when you're encountering poisonous snakes, bears, wolves and starvation. How will they survive and who will survive?
Murder Under The Big Top
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,420. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense
The circus has come to town. Instead of laughter rising from the tent there's a single gun shot. A training session has gone terribly wrong. The blanks in the gun have been replaced with real bullets and Blondie the Orangutan has committed murder. Was it the assistant trainer, the ex-wife who owns the circus, or someone else who replaced the real bullets and framed the monkey?
Black Buggies and Dark Secrets
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,190. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Murder can happen anywhere, including places that society believes to be sacred from evil. When Sheriff's Deputy Tom Zane is called to an accident that involves an Amish teenager. He quickly finds that the young man hasn't been hit by a pickup but has been shot. He calls in Lt. Novelli, who finds himself not only trying to find a killer, but fighting an Amish bureaucracy of elders.
The First Deadly Sin
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,360. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
What do you get with a minister that can't keep his hands off the women and a hot-looking secretary? A dead minister. Lt. Joe Novelli finds he doesn't have just a couple suspects, but a whole stadium full. But when the deacon from the same church ends up dead, there may be something more to the minister's murder than infidelity.
Waking The Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,220. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Have you ever wanted someone dead? Kenneth Maloney did literally. So much so he arranged for her to die in a horrific car accident. But consciousness is a strange thing. So is the unknown. Is his conscious bothering him, or has his wife come back to haunt him for what he's done to her?
The Tutor
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,900. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Murder is tough enough without it being someone you know. Lt. Novelli's son had dated Alysia Tarr, now a third grade teacher whose body has been found in Lake Springfield. His investigation uncovers that she was also a tutor, and she was tutoring a high school football jock. But English wasn't the only thing she was tutoring.
When Blood Runs Thin
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When a 17-year old girl is found murdered in a church, Corpus Christi, Texas police are on it. Lt. Joe Novelli's step-son, an officer in the Marines, calls his dad. He's been accused of the murder. Making the trip to Texas, Joe makes a discovery that makes even himself uneasy, and it doesn't have anything to do with his step-son..
Murder By Dawn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,350. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Lisa was left a widow with a lot of money, and Doctor Lewis Chandler took the opportunity to make her his wife and go through her money. But now that the money is gone, he needs a new source of income, and Lisa's in a "relationship" with Judge George Hamill. Lewis plots out a way to make himself a lot of money again. He just needs the help of Detective Mike Visconti to make it happen.
Blind Love
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 45,270. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Sonny and Annie are childhood friends until an accident blinds Annie and she's sent away. Years later Sonny's at the top of the rock n' roll charts and engaged to Michelle. Annie's mother dies and Sonny's dad and Aunt Mamie bring her to live with them. Sparks fly as Aunt Mamie works to unite Sonny and Annie. But the handsome A.J. Brunetti's about to put a wrinkle in Aunt Mamie's match-making.
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,040. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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Joe Novelli accepted the position of Chief of Police and moved his family to the island town of Mont Fort, away from the high crime of Chicago. But where there are beautiful women on white beaches there are men who become obsessed with them. When a young girl ends up dead Novelli finds more than one obsession he has to deal with and one that will twist his investigation into a spiral nightmare.
Thrill of the Hunt
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,740. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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Lucy Handling a rancher's daughter is missing. Sheriff Tom Moratelli has searched everywhere and can't find her. But she might not be the only one missing. Deputy Glen Norman starts asking questions when one of the town's working girls says her friends missing. When they finally get a suspect, things start moving, especially when the sheriff and his wife come up missing.