Today, for YA Week, I’m spotlighting Cris Pasqueralle, author of Destiny Revealed & Paths of Destiny.
Amazon link for Destiny Revealed: Click HERE to get it FREE
Amazon link for Paths of Destiny: Click HERE to get it for just $0.99
—>Don’t forget that if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read these titles for free!
Cris Pasqueralle is a retired New York City police officer who has always had a passion and love for books. Writing one has been a life-long dream. It was his daughter’s love of fantasy fiction that finally led Cris to pen DESTINY REVEALED (Book 1 of The Destiny Trilogy). He enjoys writing Middle Grade and Young Adult because he believes that reading opens up a world of possibilities for young minds. He lives on Long Island New York with his wife and two daughters.
To learn more about Cris, visit him at these sites:
Today, I’m privileged to be featured on JamiGold.com, talking about book launch parties: online and offline. I just hosted an online book launch party this week, so talk about good timing! I’ve also had an offline book launch, so I was able to share tips and tricks from personal experience. Hope you guys will give it a read by clicking HERE.
There are FREE, downloadable checklists in the post. I also have a link to my 2012 book launch party gallery, but you can check it out by clicking HERE.
Huge THANK YOU to Jami Gold for hosting me; she is amazing and runs a pretty popular blog, so I feel like I’ve won the lottery just by being on her blog. Check out her other posts and peruse her website. There’s so much good stuff on there, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.
Again, you can check out my post by clicking HERE.
Basically, we’ve launched a lot of books (see above) from CMP in the past few weeks (mine included), and we want to have a virtual party to celebrate and host some giveaways. I’ll be hosting, along with fellow authors Keshawn Dodds and Braxton Cosby. We’ll also be sharing the spotlight with some of our other author friends, who will be running some fun activities and hosting giveaways of their books/swag.
If you’re a YA book lover, you definitely should join the party. The link is public, so you can RSVP and join by clicking HERE. I’d love to “see” you there, hanging out with all of us and talking about books.
The event will run from 9am PST/12pm EST to 5pm PST/8pm EST on Tuesday, June 30th. Again, you can click HERE to check it out and join.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself—what’s your background and how did you become a writer?
My name is Cris Pasqueralle, and I am Long Island born and raised. I currently live in Levittown, NY with my wife, Tricia, and my two daughters, Toniann and Deanna. I am a retired NYC police officer, and I have always wanted to write. I began writing stories while in high school, and it was my daughter’s love of fantasy fiction that led me to write The Destiny Trilogy.
2. What is the genre in which you write?
I write middle grade/YA fantasy.
3. What is the book you recently published? What is it all about?
My most recent work is Destiny Revealed, book one of The Destiny Trilogy. It follows the story of 13-year-old twins Jack and Maddie Austin who, during their birthday celebration, see their parents kidnapped by the evil wizard: Tardon. Then, they are whisked away to an unknown, magical realm by their Uncle Benny, where they learn they are wizards with a great destiny. They embark on a rescue mission to save their parents, and learn the truth about who, and what, they are.
4. Have you published or written any other works?
Destiny Revealed is my first published work.
5. Name your favorite characters you’ve made up and explain why they’re your favorites.
My favorite characters are Jack and Maddie, and Connie, from Destiny Revealed. I like Jack because he is a lot like I was at 13, and Maddie and Connie because they are modeled after two of my favorite people: my daughters.
6. Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I will get a lot of backlash for this answer, but I don’t think there is anything such thing as writer’s block. I believe that it’s simply the characters telling us they are not ready to move on. I keep the flow of writing by stopping when I am on a roll. This way, when I return to writing, I already have something to work with and I’m not staring at a blank page.
7. How long did it take to finish your first novel?
My first novel took nearly a year to get it to the point where I thought it would be presentable.
8. What were the challenges you faced when getting your first book published?
Initially, I wanted to go the traditional route, get an agent, and shoot for one of the big publishing houses. But after many, many form letter rejections, I found that I could self-publish direct to Kindle, which I did. Then, my luck changed, and Braxton Cosby, from Cosby Media Productions, saw Destiny Revealed, and thought it was a good fit for CMP. We pulled it from Kindle, reworded and copy-edited it, and re-released it—with much success.
9. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found that work best for your genre?
I market mostly through social media and found that Facebook readers’ groups, as well as Google+, and Twitter help me to target directly to fans of fantasy fiction.
10. What does your writing process “look” like?
My writing process is old school: a notebook, a pen, a cup of coffee, and usually a baseball game on in the background, or some music from the golden oldies.
11. What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on book three of The Destiny Trilogy, but I have some ideas for a couple of stand alone novels, and two other series I’d like to get going on.
12. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism has often come from people I know who say, “You’ll never make a living doing that.” I’ve also had a couple of reviews that said they had trouble connecting with the characters and wouldn’t want to continue with the series, but those have been few, thank goodness.
The best have been two reviews that have compared my work to the Harry Potter books. One said: “The next up and coming Harry Potter and Percy Jackson,” and another said: “Move over, Ms. Rowling; there’s a new fantasy author in town.” Still, another called Destiny Revealed “Something akin to, but different from, Harry Potter.” Those types of comments I find very encouraging and flattering.
13. What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
The advice I give to aspiring authors is to read everything, and keep at it. I tried for nearly thirty years to get published, and it finally happened. So, keep writing, no matter what anyone says.
14. When can we expect to see another publication of your work?
Gook two of The Destiny Trilogy, Paths of Destiny, will be available as an eBook later this summer.
15. What’s a cool (or nerdy) fact about you that you’ll share with us?
I’m not very cool, so there aren’t many cool facts about me. But a nerdy one is that I still enjoy cartoons; they crack me up.
To learn more about Cris, visit him at these sites:
Just wanted to share some cool updates with ya’ll. There’s so much going on for me this month, so I’m doing my best to take one thing at a time. You ready? Here we go!
If you have been hanging out at my blog for a while, you’ll notice I just did a huge overhaul of my website. Yes, I did it all by myself. 🙂 I am very proud, especially since I used a free WordPress theme, and I only spend about $45 per year on my domain + mapping it from my host (Network Solutions) to WordPress. It took me several hours to get everything just right, but I am pleased with the overall design. Hope you guys like it too!
TODAY: Special Event
One of my YA author friends is hosting a Facebook event all day long today, and you can join the event by clicking HERE. Other authors will be “taking over” during the day, including yours truly at 3:30pm PST. We’ll have some cool giveaways, so stop by—you just might win something!
Buzz Bookstore Excerpt Contest
I am trying to get my work “out there” even more this year, especially since my Spirit Lake series is now in the hands of my publisher, Cosby Media Productions. Something I discovered is an Except Contest, hosted by Buzz Bookstore. If I win, I will get three months of free exposure on the Buzz Bookstore site, which would be AMAZING!
Would you do me a favor and watch my video and then give it a share or two? Every bit helps! Check it out below:
Spirit Lake Review Opportunity
And speaking of getting my work “out there,” there is a special review opportunity for my debut novel, Spirit Lake! You can read my book for FREE in exchange for an honest review. To sign up to review my book (I REALLY need some reviews, too!), click HERE.
A HUGE Thank You to LIEP Promotions for hosting my book and providing the opportunity for book reviews. 🙂
So…what’s next for me? Well, my second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale, will be out next month! Woohoo! Paperbacks for both Spirit Lake and The Wrong Fairy Tale will be available in July—exciting!
I’m working on the third installment of the Spirit Lake series, titled Freak Show, which will hopefully be out later this year. I’m super stoked for this story and can’t wait to share teasers with you guys over the summer.
I am also working on a few secret projects, including a surprise for the Spirit Lake series. I’ll let you guys know any news I can share when the time is right. 😉
Coming up, something exciting (I hope!) for authors/writers: an easy sign-up sheet in order to be featured on my blog. I LOVE being able to give back to the writing and reading community by featuring authors/writers and their work. I am working on a way to make things easier on me to host and on those who want to be featured on my blog. Of course, there will be some basic criteria for guest posts/features, but nothing crazy. When things are all set and sign-ups are live, I’ll make the announcement. Keep your eyes peeled for the update!
Quick editing tip: Not sure about the wording for that new novel you’re writing? Take a break from writing and read your work OUT LOUD. It’s easier to catch choppy sentences and word repeats when you read aloud. 😉
If you’re looking for a professional editor, you can contact me by clicking HERE for more information or a quote.
Well, that’s all for now. Hope you’re all having a fabulous week! And don’t forget to check out my latest bookHERE.