1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character in the Whisper Trilogy is Silas. He is a miniature angel called a Micro, and he is one of Callie's trainers who show her the ropes of being an Arc. I love him because he is hysterically funny without meaning to be. He steals Callie's scarves and other accessories and reads her teen Cosmo magazines. He is a die hard radio Disney fan, especially when it comes to boy bands, and he can't get 21st century lingo right to save his life. He drives Callie nuts, but, although she wouldn't admit it for all the noodles in China, she has a soft spot for him.
2. Tell me about your travels.
I love to travel, especially in Europe.
My favorite place in the world is Reggio, Calabria in Southern Italy, where my grandmother was raised and my father was born. Much of my family - aunts and uncles and a million or so cousins - still live there. There is a beach there called Saline that is all tiny pebbles and the clearest of water. You can sit on the shore and watch Mt. Etna, steaming in the distance. This is where I hope to have a summer home some day.
4. What else can you do besides write?
I'm fluent in sign language. Teaching Deaf students was my first career, and I absolutely loved it!
I'm also a great cook - it's in my blood.
I sing a mean Natalie Merchant on the Karaoke.
5. Who are you reading right now?
I am reading Let's Pretend this Never Happened by, Jenny Lawson - it's quite possibly the funniest book I've EVER read - and The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
My kids. My family. Everywhere. People are funny, and I'm always inventing new stories based on Joe Schmoe from the local grocery store or Miss Daisy from the PTO. For me, the story starts with a strong character and continues with crazy stuff that happens to him or her.
My inspiration for my protagonist, Callie, in The Whisper Trilogy was definitely my niece, Cassie. She is a masterpiece of beauty and talent mixed with a healthy serving of melodramatic teen angst. Her mood swings are hourly and seriously scary, but when she's up, you feel like you could fly right next to her. She's super strong and would definitely be able to slay the hello out of the Darks, just like Callie does. She also doesn't realize just how special she is, much like Callie.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I run and do Pilates almost every morning. It eases stress and gets me in the right frame of mind for the day. If I don't get my workout in (and my coffee downed) before my kids wake up, I'm in trouble. Actually... they're in trouble, because I'm likely to swear, yell, or even cry before our mad dash out the door for school.
Other than exercising, I'm too clumsy for sports. I was always picked last for kickball in gym class.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Dana Faletti is the author of the Whisper series. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in a northern suburb of the city with her three wonderful children, a loving husband and a hypoallergenic Siberian Forest cat named Fluffy G.
Whisper is her first published work.
Whisper is Book One of the Whisper Trilogy
Callie Evans is named after a muse from Greek mythology. Little does she know she is actually an angel, an Arc sent from Heaven to do battle with Darks on Earth. Her specific targets are Raysers, demons who prey on the souls of teens.
Callie’s mind has been Cloaked for the past sixteen years, so she has forgotten who and what she really is. On her sixteenth birthday, all she really wants is a cell phone and a date with Joshua Pride, the super-hot new guy at school who harbors a secret of his own. Instead, Callie is visited by Silas and Jules, a pair of outlandish Micro Angels whose job it is to coach newbie angel warriors in training. The gift they bear is her true identity. While the rest of the world grows up and moves on, Callie will stay sixteen forever, a permanent structure on the teenage social scene. After all, this is precisely where the battle between good and evil is being waged, and she is a highly sophisticated weapon.
Now, Callie isn’t sure whether her biggest problems are the stinky demons she must seek and destroy or the celestial law stating that Arcs are meant to be solitary soldiers. Her unexplainably magnetic attraction to Joshua and the fact that he seems to dig her right back is also a source of confusion for Callie. Should she allow herself to get close to him if he is ultimately going to forget her after a year or so passes, and what is it about him that draws her in and steals her senses? Will she be able to fall for Joshua without falling into the hands of the evil that's out to destroy her?
Find Dana online at these links:
WEBSITE - www.danafaletti.com