Blog Tour - The Devil's Triangle by Toni de Palma - Interview with the Author
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 who 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 him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagine
Interview with Toni de Palma
1 - Have you always wanted to be a writer?
The first time the thought crossed my mind was when I was about 8 years old. I was reading Beverly Cleary's Ramona books. My family and I had just moved to a new house and I left my old friends behind. Ramona was my only friend and I thought it would be cool to be a writer who could make kids feel better about their lives.
2 - What inspired you to write The Devils Triangle?
Cooper, my main character, was my primary inspiration. He's a bad boy with a fresh mouth. He also has a heart of gold. He's mixed up and trying to figure out what the heck he's doing in this weird reality.
3 - Can you describe the book to your readers in 10 or less words?
When the Devil's sister gives Cooper a second chance at heaven, she sends him back to find Grace, a girl with whom he has a shared history. (Over ten words, but who's counting :)
4 - What can you tell us about your characters?
Cooper is conflicted. He thinks of himself as a smart ass, until he meets Grace. That's when he starts to let his guard down. Grace is a good girl, who loves whole-heartedly, but who's in a little too deep with the Devil. Lucy is like a jalapeno. She's spicy, but if you bite into her and get to know her, she'll make you sweat.
5 - Which character was the hardest to write and why?
Probably Grace. She can be so good sometimes that she may actually come across as saintly. Since nobody's that perfect, I had to pull back and allow her to be human.
6 - Can you name a few of your favorite books and authors?
I read across the board - contemporary, fantasy, adult, Y.A., and kids. I love an Italian writer named Niccolo Amaniti. I read his stuff in English. His characters are so real.
7 - Is there something else you would like your readers to know? What's next for you?
When I wroteThe Devil's Triangle, I intended it to be a standalone. But I love Cooper so much, I couldn't let him go. The second book, The Devil's Temptation, takes place in southern Italy, Naples, Capri and Ischia, the island that my family is from.