Friday, March 28, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Giovanna Lagana

Thanks for interviewing me. J

1-Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I’m a Canadian freelance writer and editor. I’ve been working in the industry for quite a few years, and have written and edited stories in a wide range of genres, including middle reader, YA, Sci-Fi, horror, mystery, and romance.

I’m writing a middle reader paranormal mystery series, along with my daughter, under the pen name Annabelle Mallet.

2-Are you a mom ?

Yes, I’m the proud mother of three. Two boys and a girl. J

3-If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

There are days where it is hard. But as long as I stay focused, prioritizing things, then I can get through the day having accomplished quite a bit, the stuff that can’t wait and is important. The rest can be done the next day.

Organization is the key. As is knowing when to quit working and spend quality time with the kids and my hubby, and the rest of the family. I work diligently weekdays from seven in the morning until three in the afternoon, which is when my kids come home from school. After that, I focus on the home life and my family, which helps me recharge and relax.

This way, I’m at 100% capacity when at work and at home.

4-When you’re not writing, what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

When I’m not writing or editing, I love to spend time with family and friends. I also love to read, walking and hiking. I love taking long walks in parks. It clears my mind and awakens the muse.

As for hobbies, I paint and cook. I love to try out new recipes with my daughter.
As for guilty pleasures, I’d have to say chocolate and chips. I try to stay away from them, especially chips because they are so fattening and bad for us. But unfortunately when I do cave in to my addiction, I end up eating half a pack of chips because I can never have just one. Is there anyone who can? J

5-Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

My favorite so far is Belle Wilson from my middle reader’s series, which I’m co writing with my daughter. Belle’s a mixture of my daughter and I all rolled up into one, with several different and interesting make-believe and funny traits added to the mix.
I can relate to her on so many creative and imaginative levels. J

6-If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Yes, it’s part of a series. The next installment takes place right where the first story ends. It’s Tristan’s story. He’s no longer a fourteen year old teenager. He’s in his mid twenties. He’s wiser, stronger, and more vulnerable. And in order to protect the world from evil, he’ll have to partner up with someone he never would have imagined working with. His new partner is not who he appears to be, and Tristan knows it.

7-What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

The second installment in my middle reader’s series Adventures of a New Witch is almost completed. Only two more chapters to go. So that will be coming out soon. As for the next story in The Forsaken Prophecies that will hopefully come out later this year. I’m still writing it and it’s a long and complicated story to tell.

The Forsaken Prophecies
Giovanna Lagana

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense


Number of pages: 324
Word Count: 78280

Cover Artist: Ghislain Mallet

Book Description:

In the blink of an eye Megan Johnson’s perfect life turns into a nightmare. Her beloved husband mysteriously dies in a car crash and her fourteen-year-old son, Tristan, runs away with a diabolical cult leader named Vincent Hellion. Her world is spiraling to destruction. She leans on her husband’s best friend, Rhett Foster, for support and help. But when feelings she thought she never had for Rhett begin to surface and unknown psychic powers possess her, she becomes more confused than ever. She tries to push her feelings for Rhett aside and focus on her visions to save her son before it’s too late.

Rhett Foster has loved Megan for so long. But he never confessed his feelings to her because his best friend was her husband. Now that her husband is dead, he struggles with his conscience. Should he tell Megan how he really feels or should he honor his best friend's memory?

Megan's desperate quest to find and free her son sets them both on a path of love, danger, and renewal. If they return, their lives will be changed forever.

About the Author:

Giovanna Lagana is a freelance author. Some of her short stories and poems have been featured in magazines like Tales of the Talisman, Short-Story.Me, Static Movement, and Fear and Trembling Magazine, etc.

To learn more about Giovanna and her writing, please check her website at:

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Tracey Parker said...

Thanks for the interview. Sounds like a great book and series! I will have to look into more soon.

Mai Tran said...

I love her "Rickie the Raccoon Learns About Recycling", very lovely portrayal.