Sunday, February 10, 2013

Author Interview: The Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma

The Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma
Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy

Description (taken from Toni De Palma's webiste):
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil's sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.

While Cooper figures out his mission, he's thrown into the life he's always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend that can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn't watch out.

While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what's keeping he and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.

Toni De Palma Interview

Q:  Vanilla or Chocolate? 
A:  Coconut with chocolate chips and gummy bears :) Like my fiction, I need something to chew on.
Q:  Driving or flying?
A:  Flying because I can't drive to Rome or Paris.
Q:  Vampire or werewolf? 
A:  Since I like a hairy guy, werewolf.
Q:  Photographer or photographee? 
A:  I actually used to work as a photographer and had my own darkroom. I am definitely more comfortable behind the camera.
Q:  Batman or Superman? 
A:  Because I was born in the late 60's this translates into Adam West or Christopher Reeves for me. So Batman. POW!
Q:  Ice cream or cake? 
A:  Cookies. Again, it's that whole chew factor.
Q:  Contemporary or fantasy? 
A:  No, No, No! Don't make me choose. I go both ways.
Q:  Age you received your first kiss? 
A:  You're killing me and because I am honest, I will admit that I was a late bloomer. Eighteen! Eeek! I can't believe I just admitted that.
Q:  Most embarrassing moment? 
A:  Having a huge crush on my seventh grade Vice Principal and going as far as creating a fan club for him, complete with a theme song. Needless to say, I was the only member.
Q:  Dream date? 
A:  Okay, making up for lost time, I have had some amazing dream dates that have included fast speed motorcycle races on the curving, narrow streets of a Mediterranean island.
Q:  What degree did you graduate with (or want to graduate with)? 
A:  B.A. in Psychology, M.S.W (Masters in Social Work), M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I like school.
Q:  Describe your book in two sentences. 
A:  After Lucy, the Devil's sister, gives him another shot at heaven, 17 year old Cooper is sent back to earth to meet a girl named Grace. What he doesn't know is that the two of them have a shared history.
Q:  Who is your book meant to be read by? 
A:  While it's young adult, I think adults and anyone with a warped sense of humor, a big heart, and a desire for a fun story will enjoy it.
Q:  Who was your favorite character to write about? 
A:  Cooper, my main character, is the perfect combination of sweet and screwed up. A good boy, who is trying so darned hard to be good. I also love Lucy, the Devil's sister. She definitely reflects my naughty, vain side.


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