Author Spotlight – Chiara Talluto

Welcome! 

Please introduce yourself. 

“I’m not a bestselling author, I’m just a ‘nobody’ who uses storytelling to encourage others to find their purpose and save their souls.”

 Hello, my name is Chiara Talluto. I’m a wife, busy mom, author, and a woman after God’s heart. As I ponder this declaration, I find it more appropriate to claim that I am a woman after God’s heart first. He has given me a gift of writing, and I honor Him through my written works.

People often ask what kind of writing I do. I tell them… I write Inspirational/Christian drama empowering women to discover their faith, use perseverance to overcome adversity, and become heroes of their own destinies. I also write middle-grade fantasy-fairy tales to encourage girls in developing strong morals and values, and to always stand up for what is right.

My family often tells me that I am the Master Storyteller in our household because I have a passion for writing about people who struggle with decisions and conflicts that arise in their lives.

In the last six years, I’ve been blessed to have published four books:  A Christian Romance, Love’s Perfect Surrender, two middle-grade fantasy-fairy tales: Petrella, the Gillian Princess and A Tribute to Tulipia, and an Inspirational fiction, She Made It Matter.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

 During my pre-teens, I began reading. I loved the Nancy Drew series and Hardy Boys books. The library was a couple miles away and I rode my bike to and from almost every day, I couldn’t get enough of the stories. I began keeping a journal at the age of eleven, and soon enough, I began writing poems. My love for the written word was sparked by all that reading. It wasn’t until my late teens that I discovered Danielle Steele novels and began to pen stories of my own. I continued writing longer prose as much as I could during a prosperous career as a Human Resources Recruiter, and then as an Instructional Designer. I received many awards and accolades for my accomplishments, and my work responsibilities grew, but there was something missing. I began to devote less and less time to my joy of writing. And soon, my creativity began to suffer. It wasn’t until after much soul-searching and some tough decision-making that I finally left the corporate world to start writing full-time. That was fifteen years ago. You could say I had a “premature midlife crisis”. Today, I am the CEO of my home, practicing wife to my husband, mommy to our two daughters, and writer of all things that need to be put on paper.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

 I often tell people I have two addictions: reading and writing. I feel restless and empty when I can’t read fiction, write my deepest thoughts in my journal, or even write down story ideas. Writing calms me, centers me, and provides a healthy outlet for my communication with imaginary friends.

I write for the euphoric desire and need to transfer spiraling thoughts into words that move people emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I love taking everyday life situations and circumstances that people encounter, struggle and conquer, and turn it into creative storylines.

I balance my writing by doing one project at a time. That is, completing that “one” particular project. I can be writing, reading, editing many things at the same time, but once I know what I’m going to do with a writing project, I set a goal to complete it to the end.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

Sometimes this is a hard topic to answer. You see, I don’t want to be stuck in any particular genre, but I know my strong Catholic-Christian faith is what drives my writing. God has given me a talent to write and I write what He desires of me.

I never set out to be a writer, or a Christian writer for that matter, it just happened. It’s who I am and who I was meant to be. Writing is my outlet, a spilling of emotions, random thoughts, and imaginary characters that consume my mind twenty-four hours a day. I need to write, just like I need to eat, exercise, and breathe.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

 I enjoy stories about human complexities. I like real-life stories, and have been drawn to writings that have a biblical theme, are motivational, and encouraging. I tell honest and compelling stories. I write relatable tales about ordinary people struggling with extraordinary challenges.

I’ve been told from others…” delve into challenging, emotional topics like miscarriage, adoption, challenged/physical disfigurements, alcoholism, bullying, going against family authority, etc.

My editor says…”tone-setting and picture-perfect.”

I’d like to use my stories to encourage female readers to explore their faith and believe they are worthy of this life to make a difference. Those readers who aren’t afraid to be challenged in everyday life. Those willing to sacrifice for the good of others, those readers who are struggling with life decisions and want to be inspired to change, grow, and leave tire marks. After all, we have just one life to live.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

 Yes, writer’s block has happened on more than several occasions. Sometimes it lasts for days, other times it lasts for months. What I do is not fret, but immerse myself in other projects, like blog writing, or short stories, writing prompts, and I try to read more. I also carry a notebook wherever I go, you never know when inspiration hits and you have to write it down.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Keep on reading. Read many different types of books and authors.  See how others weave a tale. Write all the time too. Hone your craft. Make your words and story, yours, and yours alone.  Practice does make progress. And give yourself Grace to stumble because that will make you a better human.

  

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 Straight from my Press Release:

From the three-time Five Star Readers’ Favorite REVIEW RECIPIENT, Chiara Talluto, author of Love’s Perfect  Surrender, Petrella, the Gillian Princess, and A Tribute To Tulipia, comes the highly anticipated release of She Made It Matter, an inspirational drama.

She Made It Matter is a compelling tale of one woman’s fight to regain sobriety, find salvation, and earn forgiveness after years of guilt from being abandoned by her mother and then losing her brother to cancer, a struggle to vanquish the demons of her past and make her life right again.

This story tackles the difficult subjects of family abandonment, alcohol abuse, and food dependencies; compulsions and addictions caused by the trauma of one’s past.

Amanda Reynolds is vulnerable. Like most humans we err and make mistakes, and harbor grudges and secrets that can create huge reservoirs of pain if not addressed. Amanda is stuck in the past, and stuck in the pain, and the only way to cope with it is alcohol.

WHILE WRITING the story, Chiara thought about her own idols and addictions and how she could break them. She thought about how a person with a perfect life is able to throw it all away over something that consumes their mind and body. She thought about a person who cannot move forward because of horrible past experiences. She pondered the ongoing domestic abuse and abandonment of children in our society. Most importantly, Ms. Talluto thought about the human condition, and the temptations that can lure one in the wrong direction.

Ms. Reynolds has to face her fears and QUASH the demons of her past so that she can live again. It is a daring attempt to confront things head on. But, we are encouraged to know that tough situations don’t last long; BUT tough people do.

… The work ABOUT addiction is heart-breakingly accurate, delivering a realistic emotional quality which both endears Amanda to us as a character and also teaches important real life lessons about the judgments we often place on people who are alcohol dependent… (K.C. Finn from Readers’ Favorite)

… Author Chiara Talluto gives the reader a realistic tale of someone searching for a purpose, for validation that they mean something, that they are worth more than just being left or abandoned… (Michelle Randall from Readers’ Favorite)

She Made It Matter is available in print and electronic editions everywhere books are sold. More information on the author and all her writings can be found at www.chiaratalluto.com.

She Made It Matter Book Jacket Synopsis

 Don’t turn back. Begin anew.

Thirty-six-year-old Amanda Reynolds has it all. She has a loving, successful husband, two beautiful daughters and a perfect, manicured home in a quaint suburb of Chicago.

But demons hide where no one looks and Amanda’s past is full of them—she’s addicted to alcohol. The reasons for her addiction have been buried for years.

One horrifying day, suppressed memories resurface and Amanda drinks herself into a stupor in front of her daughters. Waking up in the hospital, the realization is clear: get clean or lose everything.

Amanda sets off on a daring journey taking her across the US in an attempt to vanquish the demons that have plagued her life.

Will Amanda defeat her alcohol addiction?

Will her family forgive her?

Can she break away from her past, find her self-worth, and restart again?

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Connect with the author: 

Website: www.chiaratalluto.com

amazon.com/author/chiaratalluto

http://www.facebook.com/ChiaraTallutoAuthor

Twitter: @ChiaraTalluto

#ReadLocalAuthor –https://hometownreads.com

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Chiara+Talluto

Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/rfreviews/search?search=chiara+talluto

Authorsden: http://www.authorsden.com/chiaratalluto


Chiara’s Book:

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/she-made-it-matter-chiara-talluto/1137747331?ean=9781734823707

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/She-Made-Matter-Chiara-Talluto/dp/1734823704/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1602518270&sr=1-1

 

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1044555

 

 

 

Author Spotlight – Steve Anderson

Welcome! 

Please introduce yourself. 

I’m Steve Anderson, a ten year veteran of the US Navy, a world traveler, and lately, a teller of tales.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

At age twelve, my father gave me a manual typewriter.  I wrote my first fantasy story with it to go with a map I had drawn of a magical world.  I wrote on and off while on active duty, and as a personal past time after leaving the service, but I didn’t get serious about writing until 2017.

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

The sheer joy of creating a compelling story.  Having an immersive world is nice for the reader to escape their daily life.  Connecting to characters, living through their struggles, and their victories reaches deeper into what makes us human than escapism in general.  I like to provide both.

 

 3. What genre do you write in, and what made you chose this particular genre?

Both Science Fiction and Fantasy, but my focus for the past year has been exclusively Fantasy.  Specifically, the contemporary fantasy world I’ve been building.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

It may sound anachronistic, but I want to spread hope.  My stories involve perseverance despite overwhelming odds.  My protagonists exude hope the way Lady Liberty holds her torch.  I’d like my writing to reach a broad audience, but mostly, I just want to share my stories with like-minded readers who seek a little bit of awe and wonder in their reading.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block, and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I don’t believe in writer’s block.  I can always write; it may not always be great and may throw a night’s work away after I’m done.  I still believe it’s essential for this author to write every day.  I wrote over a million words in the past two years because I believe that a writer’s job is to write.  When I got serious about the novel I wrote I finished it in five weeks.  For me, writer’s block is a sign that I’m struggling to overcome how to present an idea or a scene in a story, not that I can’t write at all.

  

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? Write.  Don’t focus on craft to the exclusion of your voice.  If you write enough, your voice will come through, and you can learn the craft as you go.  The most important thing is to put words on the page.  You can make them pretty, or horrifying, or technically correct after they are out, but until then, they are just ideas in your mind.  The world needs to hear those ideas, and you alone hold the key to their freedom.

  

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

My work is expansive.  I have six short stories set in the same world as my first novel, Fantastic America.  The premise is that magic has always existed, but was largely absent throughout recorded human history.  It came back on December 21st, 2012.  The world didn’t end, but it changed forever.

Fantastic America looks at how people react to the return of magic, through the lens of a reporter caught up in those changes.  She doesn’t believe everything about magic is evil, despite prevailing wisdom to the contrary.  Her antagonist is a federal agent willing to do anything to prevent the miracles, monsters, and magic representing those changes from tearing apart the world he knew before the solstice.  He’s like a modern-day little Dutch boy trying to hold back the ocean with his finger.  What neither of them know, is that a dark and deranged killer has learned to harness magic to unleash a killing spree that will affect both of them and the world at large.

That’s just the first book.  It gets weirder from there!

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Steve’s Books:

 


Meet the Author:

I’m originally from Raleigh, NC, but now live in Ottumwa, Iowa.  I’ve traveled all over the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  My hobbies include sharing drinks and good food with friends, gaming, studying history, and collecting comic books since age five.  I’ve been a sailor, a security guard, a tax preparer, an insurance salesman, a telemarketer, a DJ, and a bar manager.  Traveling and doing, I’ve seen a lot and love telling stories, some true, some not.  Which is which?  You decide!


Connect with the Author:

www.renegade-galaxy.com  And soon: www.thesorcerersrealm.com

https://www.facebook.com/ReneGalaxy

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-anderson-1b371810/

https://www.pinterest.com/sea52501/

Author Spotlight – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie portrait 2_darker2Welcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and I’m a children’s book author.

 

When did you start writing?

My first book was published in 2009.  I ve always been interested in writing, but never was brave enough to try publishing anything until then.

 

What motivates you to write 

I love encouraging children to reach for their goals and dreams, even if those dreams seem to be unattainable. You never know what can be done until you try. Very often, we surprise ourselves if we persevere.

 

What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I chose to write for children because I love them and I want them to know they’re all special and unique.  I would like to be a good role model for them and a testament that you can achieve more than you think.

 

What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I would like to continue to inspire children that all things are possible, if you never give up on your dreams and goals. One long term goal I have is to have a movie made from my book, Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s an inspiring true story that would make a memorable movie, in my opinion.

 

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Yes, I do. Usually, I take a little break to relax. Eventually, the ideas come back to me. I think when this happens you should do something that you enjoy to relax you. I love listening to music, for example.

 

What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

I would say never give up on your dream of becoming an author. Once you’ve found your passion, pursue it. Spend time reading other authors’ work. Read your work. Take a course if you can, or find a critique group to help improve your stories. I can’t say your journey will be an easy one, but when you succeed, it will be well worth the effort. Anything you do requires effort, failures and successes. The failures are the stepping stones to success.

 

Please, tell us about your work. 

My first book is called Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s an award-winning autobiography about a little girl who is handicapped and dreams of becoming a champion equestrian.  It will show readers anything is possible if you persevere.  My other stories are: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.  Those four tales are told by the animal characters themselves. All of my books are beautifully illustrated by my sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, who also designs the covers. Each book conveys positive, character-building messages for children. We have been honored to win several awards including: The silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, Finalist in the CLIPPA, Honorable mention in the Purple Dragon Book Awards, and a winner in the “50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading Contest.” I’ve been featured in several author interviews, including a TV interview on WTNH.com/CTStyle.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you very much for inviting me. It was a pleasure to be here.


 

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All books are available on Amazon. Here are some links which might be of interest:

Amazon Author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Website:  

www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rba4hkmmTyc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXqRLbm_Cf0 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT5zBYieZbo&feature=youtu.be

 

Free sample chapters of my books here:

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