Character Creation by Alex Disanti – Guest Blog and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Alex Disanti will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Character Creation
While I enjoy every aspect of the writing process, character creation and development is my favorite. An author has the privilege of forming and designing each character. Not only their appearance, but every trait each possesses. And once you have created them they are yours to take in any direction, to do with as you wish.

As an author, you know them, see them, and are protective of them. Yes, protective. Even if some of your creations exhibit less than desirable behavior, you alone as their creator know why they are the way they are, and it is your challenge to make the reader understand.

In most instances I believe authors’ likes, dislikes, and personal wants, needs and quirks come into play in the creation of their characters. To me, it is what lends credibility to most genres of fiction.

In A Separate Heaven, I strove for interesting, complex, and in some cases, unlikely personalities. Paige Hamilton is smart, loyal and guileless, a character easily created and not that unusual (in the beginning!). Dominic Gianelli though is, without a doubt, my favorite character in the series, and is capable of evoking just about every emotion one can feel. A firm believer in that he does what he has to do and does not waste time or energy on remorse, he can be generous and loving as well.

Whether reading or writing, I enjoy detail. Details of my characters are of supreme importance to me. I want the reader to invest in them, to come to know them. It is fiction, but I want the story and the characters to feel real. I want the reader to be involved. To feel moved, (whether glad, fearful, angry, disgusted, dismayed) and to want to know what happens next. This is dependent on character creation and development.

Step into a world of riveting drama. Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships. A novel by Alex Disanti. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Around 1:00 A.M. Paige found she couldn’t sleep. As quietly as possible she eased herself from the bed and walked out onto the balcony. The weather was still nice. The breeze from the water was cool and she could see the waves crashing against the sandy beaches. Below her, the pool looked inviting. His soft snoring assured her Dominic was sleeping soundly. Hesitating only a moment, she tiptoed into the bathroom, wrapped herself in a big towel, and made her way down the stairs and outside to the pool.

She dropped the towel and slipped into the warm water that felt like silk on her naked body. Leisurely, she swam back and forth, again and again. This was heaven. It was all heaven. She lay on her back, floating, her eyes closed, replaying in her mind the wedding and all that had happened since.

Finally, she began to tire and, feeling she could sleep again, made one last lap underwater, crawling along the bottom of the pool. As she entered the shallow end, her hands reached for the tiled rim as she emerged, breaking the surface of the water.

Suddenly, something like a steel vise gripped her wrists, jerking her upward, and she was momentarily airborne. Her feet slammed against the concrete, jarring her from head to toe. Now Dominic had her by her shoulders and was shaking her. She knew he was saying something, but she could hear only the roaring in her head. Not six feet from them stood two men with guns. Behind them on the massive walls that surrounded the villa were several more.

About the Author:Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country. While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel. Early works were mainly poetry and short stories. As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript. Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.” These readers vary in age, occupation and background. It simply grew from there. Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Sounds really good!!

  3. Good morning! My sincere thanks to Long and Short Reviews for being my host today. It is my pleasure to be here. I’m happy to answer any questions.

  4. Do you write every day? Do you have a word goal for each day you write?

  5. What a fascinating and exciting excerpt.

    • Hi Peggy. I write “mentally” almost all the time! I think the fact that A Separate Heaven is a series contributes to that. No, I have never set a word goal. I have heard others say that they do. I guess each writer does what works best for them. I don’t think the word goal is a bad idea, I’ve just never done it….not yet! 🙂

    • Thank you momjane! I appreciate it!

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt.

    • Thank you, Rita. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am having so much fun writing the series. Some of the scenes, such as the above excerpt, I have no idea where they came from. But they are fun to write!

  7. Thank you for the amazing excerpt and contest!

  8. Helen Moulden says:

    Thank you so much for the excerpt!

  9. sounds great!!

  10. Rebecca Sifuentes says:

    Super excited about your blog 🙂

  11. Great excerpt! Sounds like an excellent series, I’m looking forward to checking out each book 🙂

  12. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Thanks for hosting this chance!

  13. What was your recent ‘what the heck did just happen’ moment from a book?

    • Hello Mai! The first thing that comes to mind was the ending of Gone Girl. That may be more than a ‘moment’ but it was a surprise, (not a nice one!) Right now a lot of research going on for A Separate Heaven so I haven’t had the opportunity to read for pleasure as much as I would like. 🙂 Thank you for being here!

  14. Susan Moore says:

    I love everything about this series! The character development, the story line, the complex relationships, the unexpected turns… The story is both beautifully and skillfully crafted 🙂

  15. Lynell Wagnon says:

    The way you create your characters can only come from a creative and imaginative mind. They do come alive and take the reader on an unforgettable journey. Proud of you Alex!

  16. Thank you for sharing that excerpt 😀

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. 🙂

    • Cali, (is your name pronounced Callie or Kaylee? Either way, very pretty). Glad you joined us today. I hope the excerpt will tempt you to check out the series. Thanks!

  18. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the post, sounds like a great book and series, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  19. Hi Eva! So glad you are here! There is more about A Separate Heaven on my new website/blog. ( or I hope to see you there. Thank you for your good wishes. 🙂 Appreciatively yours.

  20. Becky Richardson says:

    What is our favorite genre?

    • Hi Becky! It’s nice to meet you. I love to read as well as write so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite and some of the books I like sort of span genres like The Horse Whisperer. The Godfather and To Kill a Mockingbird are two others that I have read several times. There is a Jewish author, Chaim Potok, who wrote a book, Davita’s Harp, another favorite. Thank you!

  21. Holly Guerrio says:

    Great giveaway, thank you!

  22. I’ve read books 1,2,3 and the manuscript for 4. Spellbinding. I suggest you buy all books available because when you finish one, you can’t wait to get into the next in the series. Alex is very talented and brings the characters to life. You’ll love A Separate Heaven!!

  23. I want to thank everyone who was part of the audience today and for your participation, your questions, your comments. To current readers and followers and to those of you who are new…THANK YOU! 🙂


  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Thank you for the it

  26. kim amundsen says:

    Love the excerpt.

  27. Thank you for the chance!

  28. What an exciting end to the excerpt!

  29. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed the post and excerpt, sounds like a terrific series, thanks for sharing and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it, good luck!

  30. Thank you for the exciting excerpt! I can’t wait to read more.

  31. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning about this book series! These books sound very interesting. Looking forward to checking out these books!

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