My May Author of the Month is a Rising Star!
Her first book, Dark Past, has received great reviews and she is currently in the process of releasing her second book, Dark Presence, which will focus on two characters from Dark Past. Romance, Suspense, and an on the edge of your seat Thriller! Here is a personal look at this Rising Star Author… L A Cataldo!
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L. A. Cataldo’s books combine romance, thriller, and suspense with a touch of humor. Her approach to writing is fast-paced love, some dark and emotional impact. They’re engaged to grab you and keep you wanting.
She is a romantic at heart. She believes that a true romance can become reality. Or maybe in one’s dreams.
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two sons, and a bunch of dogs running around. “wink” She was raised in a large family of Sicilians. Her mother was an avid reader who passed on her love for books to Laurie.
Now that you have written and published your first book Dark Past, how have readers responded?
Readers have took well to the book. Some did not. It being my debut novel, it was trial and error. I’ve learned a lot during this process and everyone’s feedback helps!
What was the most exciting part of your journey to “New Release” day?
The most exciting part was accomplishing something. It was the best feeling in the world. I’ve always wanted to write as long as I can remember. The day it finally happened … Pure excitement!
Your second book in the series is being released soon, which characters will be the focus and what can readers expect?
Jake & Jen are the characters in book two. I know many people are hoping to hear more about David but he comes later on. “wink” Expect some excitement in this book. There is a lot going on you don’t want to miss out!
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I love hanging out in my yard. It’s like paradise back there. My gardens are beautiful, especially when in bloom. I love photography also. On the side, I take many pictures. I also take pictures for my husband’s band & website. I love the opera and plays. So many more things. Too much to list.
Is the process of releasing novel what you expected and how did you feel when it finally happened?
The process is eventful. There is a lot of work involved but when said and done … Glorious!
When did you know that you wanted to become an author?
I’ve wanted to write when I was a teenager. I use to write things down all the time but never really did anything with it. Later on, I tried poetry. It was not my forte. Finally, one day, I sat in front of my computer and started to write. It turned into a book. Already an avid reader, I asked an author friend of mine to help me with the process and Wala… published!
What authors inspire/influence you and what other genres do you enjoy?
Many Authors inspire me. I love many genres, so I really couldn’t pick just one. If I go back, one author comes to mind, Rosemary Rogers. Her book was the first I fell in love with. I still have her book.
Do you have any plans for a book signing or author event?
Yes I do! I have one coming up in June. Readers & Author get together. Ragt17 event. June 8-10, 2017 I’ll be signing on Friday. For more information Click Here!
What is most important to you while writing, the characters or the plot?
That everything is going to hold the readers and keep them wanting more. If I can do that, we are set!
Lastly, what would you like your readers to take away from your books and what personal message do you have for them?
Thank you so much! Every time I read one of your reviews or received comments, you have me floored in appreciation. I never expected the feedback I’ve received and for that I’m overjoyed! I’ll have book two in the series ready for you. Please be patient. I want it to be perfect for you. Again, thank you for your support!
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Check out Trailer for “Dark Past”
Isabella Lovino moved to New York City to hide from the demons of her past, leaving everyone behind. Her troubled history makes it difficult to get a job, but when an opportunity comes up to work at an architectural firm, she takes it. On her first day of work she bumps into a stranger on the street and her whole world changes.
The gorgeous Jason Hart owns his own architectural firm, but that’s not enough. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is the beautiful Isabella Lovino—the same thing he has wanted since college. When he sees her at the restaurant, he knows he can’t let her get away this time. Will she notice him now?