Dina Santorelli


Voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years, Dina Santorelli is the author of the Baby Grand Trilogy, a contemporary thriller series. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years and has written frequently about parenting, travel, entertainment, weddings, pop culture, and the military. Dina currently serves as the executive editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, including Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Mara, Michael Strahan, Norman Reedus, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Kevin Bacon. She has collaborated on a variety of nonfiction books, including Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons (St. Martin's Press, May 2016), I, Spy: How to Be Your Own Private Investigator (St. Martin's Press, February 2016), Good Girls Don't Get Fat, The Brown Betty Cookbook, and Bully, and her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid has been published in several languages. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University's Continuing Education Department and is a SELF-e Ambassador for the Library Journal. For more information about Dina, visit her website at http://dinasantorelli.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Queens, New York, and I think this had a tremendous impact on my writing. I tend to create characters that remind me of New York, growing up in New York, and friends of mine. When I was a full-time editor working in Manhattan back in the 1990s, I used to take public transportation to "the City" every day from Queens, and even though I was only, like, seven miles from midtown Manhattan, that ride could take a good hour or hour and a half (even longer than my current commute from Long Island!). I spent that commute time reading thrillers -- James Patterson, Michael Crichton, John Grisham. I devoured them. I loved the pacing of the books, the suspense, and I always thought I could write one. Now, I do. :)
When did you first start writing?
I have found short stories that I scribbled on construction paper when I was a child. I've been writing -- or at least thinking about writing -- for a long time.
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Baby Grand Trilogy
The story of a curly-haired toddler, a down-and-out writer, and the bad guys who brought them together.


In the Red
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,490. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Kirk Stryker, a respected certified public accountant, is brutally murdered in his office in the Long Island village of Gardenia, all eyes are on rival Marty Benning, the handsome newcomer whose high-tech firm has been stealing Stryker’s business and attention.
Baby Carter (Baby Grand Trilogy, Book 3)
Series: Baby Grand Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,000. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
She thought he was dead. But when her daughter finds an explosive device at the White House, will he be the only one who can keep them alive?
Baby Bailino (Baby Grand Trilogy, Book 2)
Series: Baby Grand Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,780. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
She hoped she'd never see him again. But then he kidnapped another little girl. Her daughter. Their daughter. The sequel to suspense thriller Baby Grand!
Baby Grand (Baby Grand Trilogy, Book 1)
Series: Baby Grand Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,580. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The story of a curly-haired toddler, a down-on-her-luck writer, and the bad guys who brought them together, BABY GRAND is a contemporary thriller set in present-day New York.