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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.