I’m delighted to welcome Sonia Stanizzo to my blog.
Hello Sonia – It was great to connect with you through our publisher, Beachwalk Press. They offer a wide range of quality ebooks in a variety of subgenres, and I find the team (and fellow Beachwalk authors) really supportive. Publishing a book with them is always an amazing "learning" experience! But before we discover more about your latest release, Trouble in Disguise, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.
Arabella: How did you manage to get your first novel published and what did you learn from the experience?
Sonia: I joined Romance Writers of Australia, did online workshops and courses to learn how to write a romance and used what I learned on the story I was writing. Once I thought my manuscript was ready enough to send out in the world, I submitted it and thankfully Beachwalk Press liked it enough to want to publish it.
Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be: A walk in the woods, a walk along a beach front to dip your toes in the sea, or a day shopping for clothes?
Sonia: This is a toss-up between the beach and the woods. Where I live, I have the best of both worlds and love to do both.
Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Trouble in Disguise?
Sonia: Trouble in Disguise is book three of my Trouble series. My intention was only to write the one book but the secondary characters put their hand up and said, “I want a story too please.” So then came book two and three.
Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Sonia: I read where ever I feel the most comfortable. But during the day it’s usually on the sofa and then in bed before I go to sleep.
Arabella: Some authors write at first light, others need a mug of coffee or a glass of wine before putting pen to paper. When writing, are there any “essentials” you need to help the words flow?
Sonia: I do like to light a candle. I need water and a tea every couple of hours keep me going.
Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress, you’re about to kill off the hero and there is going to be no happy-ever-after. In other words, you’re stuck! If you had to contact an “author/publisher/editor friend” for guidance, who would it be?
Sonia: I don’t ask anyone for guidance. If something’s not right or working the way I want it to. I’ll take a short break and work it out myself.
Arabella: The T.V. is on and you’re in control of the remote. Which is it to be: A quiz programme…An afternoon of sport…A family soap…A romantic film you always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?
Sonia: Definitely a romantic film.
Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share to “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?
Sonia: I’d probably say, don’t focus too hard on trying to make the first draft perfect. It won’t be but you can always make it better later.
Thank you for being a guest on Arabella's Blog and Chit-Chat, Sonia. It was great to discover some of your writing secrets, such as - a candle! I'll have to try using one when I'm burning the midnight oil and sweating over my edit corrections that our publisher has returned for final approval. :)
Best wishes and good luck with your latest release, Trouble in Disguise.
About Sonia Stanizzo
Sonia Stanizzo is a contemporary romance writer who lives in the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales with her childhood sweetheart/husband and their three children. When she’s not dreaming up stories about couples and their road to finding love, sometimes bumpy but always a lot of fun, she can be found taking pole dancing lessons (purely for the fun and exercise), reading, and writing.
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Blurb: Trouble in Disguise
The greatest risk is disguised in trouble.
Jade Brennan is living with a family curse. If she falls in love, it will end in heartbreak. Because of this, she’s not taking any chances, and she’s learned to protect her heart.
Nate Miller leads a double life. In one, he’s a major rock star with a huge fan base. In order to have a semi-normal life, he wears a disguise when he’s in his rock persona. Nate doesn’t necessarily love the music his band plays, but he followed in his father’s footsteps, vowing to keep his memory alive after he died. In Nate’s other life, he’s an everyday guy temporarily teaching music lessons at the primary school where Jade is a teacher.
When Jade accidentally discovers what Nate’s hiding, she promises to keep his secret. If the truth about his identity was revealed, his career would be ruined.
As they work closely together, sparks fly between them. Because of Jade’s family curse and Nate’s grueling touring schedule, they know a relationship will never work, but a casual fling is perfect. But the more time they spend together, feelings grow stronger and things become more than just casual.
Can they overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of a relationship, or will family curses and obligations keep them apart?
Beachwalk Press: http://beachwalkpress.com/