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

On The Line: The Final Chapter
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,370. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Lt. Novelli's been shot. The only clue is the name of a woman named Shirley. But who is this Shirley? With no prints on the stolen car that was used in the shooting and no weapon, things are looking bleak. Luckily a news team was on the scene when the shooting occurred. But when a fire results in the death of two people, and the same news team is on the scene there may be more to it than luck.
48 Hours
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 670. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Det.Shay McBride arrives on the scene to find Hanna Hoyt, raped and tied. Her roommate Marian Wait's missing. But Marian isn't the only college girl missing. Jayne Sander's has been missing for a couple of weeks. Lt. Joe Novelli gets called to a homicide of a young woman found dead behind a store. Do these missing college girls and the rape have a closer connection than Hanna's willing to tell.
A Rolls Royce Affair, Lt. Joe Novelli Homicde 20
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,550. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Detective Gregg Sweet is found with a bullet in his head, assassin style. The newest detective on the department had found him a new girlfriend, Susan Bolin. But while his Rolls Royce affair of diamonds and money was spinning in his head, Susan wasn't free from a rich husband, who may not have been as thrill over her new love as she was, or so it seemed.
Red Snow, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 19
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,680. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Two murders in two months. The first a doctor's wife, the second his girlfriend whom he'd taken up with after his wife's murder. The first investigations had been botched and the second was on it's way to becoming a cold case. It's up to Lt. Joe Novelli to figure out what the motive of these murders are and the motive is looking like revenge, but for what?
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.
Every Man Likes a Virgin, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 18
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 the violent music had anything to do with the murders or if it was someone closer to the victims. It's a twist that even surprised Novelli.
Double Cross, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 17
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,710. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Chris Blaskovich has been murdered. Everyone says he was a good guy, he didn't have any enemies, although he and his wife were at odds. His wife has the perfect alibi, she was out of town. But everything points to her being involved in his murder. It will take some inventive police work to catch this killer, but once Lt. Novelli has a plan, not even this killer's going to see this sting coming.
Missing: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 16
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
She's missing. Jessica Spain didn't come home after going to a movie with her friends. After interviewing Jessica's boyfriend, who says he took her home, Lt. Novelli brings in a K-9 unit which tracks her to a neighbor's house. Taped up and found alive in a closet, Stan Shawl is arrested for her abduction and rape. Shawl claims that it wasn't him but his twin brother Ed. Both men have the same DNA.
Cat Tracks To Murder: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 15
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,930. 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.
Copper Penny Ranch: Double Homicide, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 14 Based On a True Story
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,260. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
March 3, 1983 farm manager Jerry Illingworth stumbled upon a gruesome scene, a double homicide that included his niece, Joyce. Both victims appeared to have been shot in the head. Joyce was shot beyond recognition,identified only through the use of dental records. There were two theories; that it was drug related or that Sheila Holding had murdered her estranged husband and his girlfriend.
Acquittal = Murder: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 13
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,
At Dawn She Died: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 12, Based On a True Story
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,580. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Delia Parish was 5 months pregnant and married to her high school sweetheart. She had the rest of her life ahead of her. But evil is pervasive and if you're unlucky it finds you. Early on May 26, 2012 it found Delia at the end of a 12 gauge shotgun. Her father and husband directed the investigation to the neighbor, but Lt. Joe Novelli turned up secrets that left both families shaking their heads.
The Freeman Murder, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 11 Based On a True Story
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,900. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"We have body parts all over. I don't know how much of him we're going to find; it looks like she's fed part of him to the hogs." Joe looked at Sheriff's Deputy Tom Zane. "She what?" Lt. Joe Novelli responds to a crime scene that will shock the community. Based on a true story of a 1991 murder. To some, divorce is not an option and a claim of self defense is a pass to murder.
Justice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,320. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
There's plenty reason to kill a man, water and land to name a few. But a woman killing her husband doesn't fit that description. Fred Carlson comes back to defend his childhood friend, Rose of murdering her husband, Kurt and finds a neighbor with a whole lot more against her husband than water rights and land. Could be her husband knew a secret that would put their neighbor at the end of a rope.
Blue Ridge Mountain Rain
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,100. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After 33-years of marriage, John Mancini finds himself divorced and unemployed from her families steel business. He's always been fond of Lyndee Ryan, a secretary there. After manipulating her into having dinner with him they end up at her place, and after convincing her of his divorce they start a whirlwind romance. When it seems everything's going great, John's ex decides she wants him back.
The Grace Kelley Murder
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 87,370. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
It's a mix of romance, lust and murder. Callie's fresh out of the police academy. Nick's been on the P.D. 22-yrs and when they meet they're attracted to each other right away, but they proceed with caution as they start to investigate the murder of Grace Kelley, a beautiful high school student who is not only pregnant but married. Who would want her dead? How many enemies can a HS girl have?
Rattazzi
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,870. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Don Lorenzo is head of the Rattazzi Family. An old man, he decides to make sure everything is taken care of before his death, which means finding his favorite nephew , Lucio a good wife and his youngest son's widow a good husband, which means marrying them to each other. But when Lucio comes back to marry Victoria, the streets will run red with blood as he takes revenge for Giorgio's murder.
Stranger At My Door
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Stacie was raped, beaten and left for dead when she was sixteen. Ending up pregnant she gives the child up for adoption. Twenty-two-years later, that child knocks on her door. Jeanna wants to not only to meet her mom but get her real dad and mom together for a real family life. Stacie refuses. She has a life with a new husband and wants a successful life, not reliving the pain of her past.
Love on the Fly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,390. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Michael Cordel is a pilot who may be good at flying planes, but his luck with women usually ends in crash and burn. Baley Cordall is a want-to-be writer and when she lands an interview in Reno she's anxious to get there on a private charter plane. Their worlds come together when the plane crashes over the plains of Montana, forcing them to walk out. It's a gut wrenching adventure of survival.
Murder Me Monkey: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 10
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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, as someone has replaced the blanks in the gun with real bullets and Blondie the Orangutan has committed murder. Was it the assistant trainer or the ex-wife who owns the circus. Blondie didn't act alone and it's up to Lt. Joe Novelli to figure it out.
Black Buggies and Dark Secrets: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 9
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,190. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Murder can happen anywhere, including places that society believes to be sacred from evil. When Deputy Tom Zane is called to an accident out on a county road that involves an Amish teenager, he discovers that the young man hasn't been hit, as the drivers thinks, but has been shot. He calls Lt. Joe Novelli, who finds himself not only trying to find a killer, but fighting the Amish bureaucracy.
The First Deadly Sin: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 8
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.99 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,220. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Kenneth Maloney's wife has died or horrific car accident. But was it really an accident? Is it his conscious that is bothering hi, or has she come back to haunt him? Not only is he seeing her ghost, but now she's called him! Has she discovered that he was behind the so-called accident and now come back to haunt him? Sometimes it doesn't pay to commit murder.
Sex 101, Lt. Joe Novelli Homicide 7
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 47,880. 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.
Blood on the Saddle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,020. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ralston and Reggie Bradley are branding cattle on their father's ranch when they find Cross, a black gelding that belongs to Herschel Simpson, one of their dad's hired hands. Upon investigation they find blood on the horse and saddle, but the blood isn't Cross's and where's Herschel? The boys find Herschel on their way home. He's been murdered.
The Girl in the Cornfield: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 6
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,240. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a teenage girl is found dead in a cornfield, it's up to Lt. Joe Novelli to find the killer. But after being shot at the police station, his investigation looks to be in going cold, until Joe's friend Larry shows up. With Larry's help Joe starts working the case that will take him from a drug addicted mother, to a boyfriend whose father dislikes his son's choice in girlfriends.
Family Betrayal: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 5 Based on a True Story
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,400. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
"My brother's gonna do something, I don't know what. My mom's yelling at him, saying Matt don't." A woman's pleading can vaguely be heard in the background. There's the pop of a gun, then silence. A door slowly creaks. The cool, collected, 14-year-old Mindy Rodgers, that had been on the telephone to 911, suddenly terrified, screams a high pitched scream, "Matt, no, don'-" The telephone goes dead.
When Blood Runs Thin: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 4
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 4. Price: $1.99 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: $1.99 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.
One Last Bet, Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide 3
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 3. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 59,430. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Everyone loves a good horse race, but no one likes a cheat. And when horse trainer Jack Hill ends up hanging from the rafters of a stall, Homicide Lieutenant Joe Novelli has a few suspects. Jill HIll, a wife that's been cheated on plus doing her own running around and Tommy Esposito, owner of a stakes winning horse that's lost a big race due to Hill fixing the race, top his list.
Blind Love
Price: $1.50 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.
On the Wings of Murder: Joe Novelli Mystery 2
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,670. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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When a small plane goes down just after take off, Joe Novelli is suspicious that pilot error may not have been a factor, but that the pilot and passenger may have been murdered. The problem is, no one else was around. So how could they have been murdered if they were the only ones on the plane?
Obsession
Series: Lt. Joe Novelli, Homicide, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 113,280. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: Free! Words: 44,740. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.