Interview with GiAnna Moratelli

Published 2016-07-30.
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.
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