It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity interview another author. Today, I have Bella Roccaforte. Let’s see what she’s up to!
Reena Jacobs: Tell us about your upcoming release.
Bella Roccaforte: INK: Fine Lines is the story of Shay Baynes. She’s awkward, emotional and sometimes very irrational. She’s finally found her independence from the two boys that have fought over her since puberty hit! Things seem to be going really well for her, she’s got her first real comic publishing deal and the series is about to be a huge hit. But then her neighbors are murdered, and the crime scene and Shay’s comic are identical!
There’s mystery, danger, ghosts and ghouls and all kinds of scary things that go bump whenever they please.
RJ: I’m intrigued. Which of your characters do you relate to most?
BR: I’d have to say Shay, I remember being barely 20 and thinking I had everything under control, when in fact I just didn’t.
RJ: Ha ha. Yes. Definitely the joys of being a young adult. Rumor has it, you’re releasing this series very quickly. Six books! Wow! Are the other books already written? And when and what is your next release?
BR: Every book in the series will end with a cliffhanger. I don’t want to leave readers hanging too long so they will be released between 2 and 3 months apart. I’m most of the way through INK: Book 2 and as soon as it goes to the editor I will start Book 3!
Book 2 is expected to be released in early October, then Book 3 in early January. I figure the holiday season may slow me down so I want to set a realistic expectation.
RJ: How about a teaser?
BR: Hmmm, I think it’s best to say that nothing is what it seems so don’t jump to conclusions too fast when reading.
During the comic book signing in Tampa, pay very very close attention. You will meet most of these characters again! Also, you’ll be screaming at Shay to read the damn note!
RJ: Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day.
BR: Oh yes, I actually started writing it like 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son. It’s a sci-fi story about finding an off-world utopia. We’ll see if I ever sit down to write it again. I’ll of course be starting from scratch.
RJ: Totally random, but you’re a travelled gal. What’s the most fascinating place you’ve visited?
BR: My teenage son’s closet – just kidding but man there’s a lot of crap in there. I’d have to say it would be the Galapagos Islands. We had permission from the government to be there, but we could only stay for six days. I could have stayed forever!
RJ: That sounds cool! First thing which came to my mind were the tortoises. Tell us about a trip from hell.
BR: There have been a couple, but I’ll leave out the business trips and the near death experiences and cut right to the hardest one to deal with. When my father died I lived in Colorado and he lived in Florida so I had to fly from Denver to Orlando. We took off from Denver in a blizzard and then I missed my connection in Atlanta because it was raining and the plane couldn’t land. That was just the beginning of the transportation nightmares. I nearly missed my Dad’s funeral. When I finally got to Orlando the rental car company had canceled my reservation because I was a day late and even though I called, they had no record of it. So I had to find someone to drive over and pick me up. I also lost the deposit on my rental car.
One of my dearest friends wasn’t at the funeral and it really hurt my feelings (Okay, it was the real-life Aiden). When I called and left the message with his mom that was I coming she didn’t tell him, because right after I called she had fallen off the roof of the house taking down the Christmas lights and ended up in the hospital in traction. (Of course I didn’t know that until I was a total b-word to him.)
He finally showed his sorry face the day I was leaving and we got into a huge argument on the way to the airport that ended in a very uncouth series of screaming F-U’s at Orlando International Airport.
I finally arrive in Atlanta to get my connecting flight to Denver to find out there is an ice storm and I’d be stuck for about three days so they flew me back to Orlando where the only rental cars available would have cost WAY more money than I had. The ONLY person who would answer the phone while I was stranded in Orlando was real-life Aiden. Who then came and got me and drove me to my mom’s house in silence. He remained completely silent even when he had to stop on SR 520 to shoot a wild boar. TRUE STORY. I can’t make this stuff up.
You’ll be happy to know that my luggage arrived safely in Denver 3 days before me. For some reason it was safe for my bags to go all the way to Denver but not me.
RJ: Sounds absolutely dreadful. Sounds like something straight out of a movie. As a fellow author, I can’t help but think it belongs in one of your books. Thank you for sharing with us, Bella.
If readers want to learn more about you and/or your work, where can they find you?
BR: It has been my pleasure, even reliving the worst trip ever story. *Sigh* Thanks for having me as a guest!
Connect with Bella Roccaforte
Bella’s motto has always been that you can choose to watch life pass you by or your can be the one spinning the world. You have to get out and live, life won’t come to you!
Bella has always seen things in the world with a different view and has been an avid story-teller. She is enjoying putting her crazy musings into print for others to enjoy.
To her one of the most exciting parts of writing is getting a chance to interact with readers. It is truly her hope that readers will reach out and tell her what the like and even don’t like about her stories. She’s looking forward to a relationship with the readers to better write stories they will love.