Welcome back for another installment of Word-Slingers. Today I’m interviewing Laura DeLuca, author of Destiny and Destiny Unveiled. Let’s make her feel welcome, everyone!
1) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Even back in second grade I was writing little stories to entertain my friends.
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
I have four kids, we own a restaurant, I am a mommy blogger, and I work on my writing daily. Sometimes is tough juggling it all. Sometimes I fall behind on deadlines, but I just do the best I can and take things one day at a time. (TM – Aint dat da truth?)
3) What can you tell us about your releases Destiny and Destiny Unveiled? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J
Destiny is a story that grew from my love of all things magical. I started writing it back in 1994 when I was in high school. I had the whole thing written but the ending. It wasn’t until I starting practicing Wicca that I finally knew how the story was supposed to end. Originally, the book was supposed to be a stand-alone. The sequel was inspired by my friend and coven sister, Donna, who became one of the new characters in the second book.
4) What is it about the paranormal that you like so much?
I have always been drawn to witchcraft and now that I follow Wicca as my spiritual path, it was inspired me to share a little of that real life magick in my writing. Of course it is exaggerated for the sake of entertainment but the rituals and beliefs in the Destiny series have a basis in the real Wiccan religion.
5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?
I already have moved to several other genres. I have two thrillers out, a fantasy, and I even just finished up a short paranormal romance that will be featured in an anthology. (TM – Sweeeet!)
6) Sweet or sour?
7) Chocolate or vanilla?
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.
Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn’t remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her mother’s death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick…even if it kills her. Her mother’s spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pushes away. Desperate to save her daughter, the spirit finds a male witch–one that just happens to be in love with Gabriella. Darron is more than willing to help but the two young witches will have way more to battle than just an evil warlock. There are overbearing jocks and petty rich girls who get tempers flaring and often set Gabriella and Darron at odds.
There is more to the story than Gabriella and Darron could even imagine. There are terrible secrets to be revealed, battles to be waged, and lives will be lost. Only after Gabriella and Darron both come to terms with who they really are, and open themselves up to the true meaning of magick, can they have any hope of fulfilling their destiny.
Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella’s help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches. Gabriella’s coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.