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GIVEAWAY and MIKE DELLOSSO INTERVIEW


AUTHORS BIO: Mike Dellosso is the author of four supernatural suspense titles, THE HUNTED, SCREAM, DARLINGTON WOODS, and DARKNESS FOLLOWS(releases this May). He is an adjunct professor of writing at Lancaster Bible College and also teaches writing at conferences and to homeschoolers. When Mike isn't writing or teaching he's earning a living in home-care physical therapy. He lives in Hanover, PA with his wife and three daughters (and number four on the way!).
How did you come up with the premise for Darlington Woods? What do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your book?


 
I had a great aunt who lived in Darlington, MD (yes, it's a real town). We used to go there a couple times a year to visit. Darlington is a small, unassuming, one-street town near the Susquahanna River and the Conowingo Dam. For reasons I've yet to figure out, the town always creeped me out. Small, quaint town in the middle of nowhere . . . what if it had a horrible secret? From there I let my imagination go.



Just a side note: I wrote Darlington Woods just months after completing chemotherapy for colon cancer and much of the story is symbolic of my battle and struggle, my fears and anxieties. The story is very personal for me. So much of my emotional blueprint was overlayed on it. I'd love to hear what others think about the symbolism (think cancer battle) and have some discussion on that.





What makes your books different from the other vampire stories out there? What do you hope to accomplish?


 
Well, the whole vampire thing started with the Publisher's Weekly review. I read that and thought, "Well, I didn't intend for it to be a vampire story but if that's the way they want to interpret it . . ." My editor thought the same thing. So if we're saying it's a vampire story it's different because it doesn't glorify the vampire-like creatures. This new brand of vampires is all about good looks and teenage angst and doing the right thing. If vampires are soulless creatures, can they do what is right? Doubt it.

My "vampires" are dark, evil, pure malice. There's nothing good or honorable about them. They represent fear in its worst form, darkness at its blackest moment, and sin in all its ugly glory.

What I hope to accomplish is to encourage the reader to face his or her fear, shine the light of God's glory on it, find freedom, then shine his or her light to a lost and dying world. We all face monsters in life, in some form or another. Only the Light can banish them.






Can you tell me about two WOW—moments you’ve had since being published? What made it a wow for you?

 
The first wow moment was when, before I'd even written my fourth book, my publisher offered me another 4-book contract. It caught me so off-guard and so overwhelmed me I panicked and almost ruined the whole thing.



The second wow moment was when my editor emailed me and told me Walmart was buying a 2-in-1 special edition of The Hunted and Scream to be stocked in their stores. Walmart doesn't stock a lot of Christian suspense so the fact that they were interested in my books was a pretty big deal.


What has surprised you most about being an author? Why?

How hard it is to sell books. People are choosy about what they buy and read and establishing a name and reputation and brand is tough work that takes time. Especially in the suspense genre. It's a rare author whose first book is the break-out novel and he or she never has to worry about marketing again. The author has to do a lot of leg work to get his or her name out there, get people reading his book, reviewing it, and so on. Writing a book is difficult enough, selling it is even more difficult, even with the help of the publisher promoting it.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be released?

 
My next book, Darkness Follows, releases in May. It's suspenseful, mysterious, scary, even creepy, but after all is said and done, it's a love story. It's about Sam Travis, a man who thinks he's losing his mind. He becomes more and more obsessed with a series of mysterious journal entries from a soldier of the Civil War, entries Sam himself has written unawares. The more obsessed he becomes with the entries the more he pushes away those who care about him most, his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, Sam is also being haunted by the memory of his late brother who died a terrible death. In the end, Sam will have to make a choice, give into the darkness that's been following him, or accept the freedom that comes from the unconditional love of his daughter and, ultimately, the love of his Father.





How personal are your novels? How much of you are in them? Do tell?

I'm a part of every character I write. I draw from my own experiences, my own emotional history, my own sometimes-demented imagination, my fears, my struggles, my triumphs and joys. From the hero to the villain, I'm there. When it comes to villains I walk lightly, that's some thin ice to be treading on and one has to be careful not to come down too heavy. Getting your fingers into the dark side of your psyche is dangerous work and must be respected. Seriously.

Now, not all of every character is me. I also draw on other people I know or those I've met in passing. But which parts are me and which are not . . . well, that I'll never tell. I may lose my readership . . . and scare my wife!

What do you think is too gruesome to write about? What do you stay away from writing? What line do you not want to cross?

It may not seem like it but I'm very careful about the violence in my books. I tread lightly when it comes to violence against women and children. I don't avoid it because it is a reality in this twisted world but I treat it respectfully and carefully. I stay away from sexual crimes; I'm just not into that. In Scream I went so far as to make sure the reader understands the villain is not doing what he's doing for sexual reasons, that's not what he's about. In The Hunted there is one aspect of the back story that deals with rape but it's only hinted at, not explicit at all. I also make sure not to glorify violence. It always has its consequences.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK?

 
1. If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and what would you do?

Does it have to be a real world? I'd love to go to Narnia or even Middle Earth.

But if it has to be a real place in this world then I'd have to say New Zealand. I've had a hankering to go there for as long as I can remember. No idea why. Maybe because I love sheep so much? Maybe because pictures I've seen of it remind me of Narnia as much as any other place on earth.

2. If you could be apart of any two events in the history of the world which two would you pick.

 
I would love to have been one of the shepherds on the hillside when the angels appeared and declared the birth of the Messiah. At that moment in time, that group of ragamuffins were the most privileged guys on earth.





Secondly, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To be in that room and hear the arguments for and against, the logic, the resolve, the wisdom. Man, it would be awe-inspiring.




3. If you could hang out with any two people alive or dead in the history of the world, who would you pick and why? What would you do?


 
This is a tough one because there's so many to choose from so I'm just going to name two and go with it. I'd love to spend a day with Thomas Jefferson and just talk. Maybe some of his intelligence and fortitude would rub off on me. I'd also choose to hang out with Edgar Allen Poe, just to see what kind of person he really was, talk writing and scary stories, and dress in one of those cool old-fashioned suits.






4. What movie affected you most as a kid?

Well, the one that affected me most was in a negative way. Amityville Horror. Scared me nearly to death. I slept with the light on for weeks. Had nightmares for months.








5. What THREE things would you not want to live without?

My wife, my children, my liberty. Without any of them I'd be lost and go hopelessly insane, which may improve my writing but would destroy my soul.

6. Name two of your favorite books you read growing up?


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis--I was mesmerized from the first page and dreamed of visiting that magical land. I ran around the house checking the back of every closet and cupboard. And White Fang by Jack London--London captivated me with his words and ability to bring characters to life. He made me want to go jump in the snow and dig for gold.





FINAL COMMENTS FOR MY READERS!!









I hope you enjoy Darlington Woods and it makes you think about your own monsters. We all have them. I'm excited to talk about the story, the characters, the themes, and the symbolism.

Mike


THANKS Mike for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I'm hadn't read any of your books before ACFW On-Line book members voted your book February's pick. I'm glad they did. You book is intriguing and you make people think outside the box. I like that.

I look forward to the book discussion on the ACFW Book Club Loop that will start February 20th. Anyone can join the book club and participate in the discussion. Just go to www.acfw.com and join the book club its free!


Thanks again for stopping by and offering the give away. I look forward to the book discussion. Looking foward to seeing you there if you can stop in! All the best to you in the New Year!

Sincerely,

Nora :D
ACFW Book Club Coordinator
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org


MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview for your name to be entered in the drawing for the book Darlington Woods.Be sure to leave your email address so that if you win I can contact you.

DRAWING WILL BE - JANUARY 20th

For EXTRA CHANCES to win this book you can
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ALL THE BEST TO YOU

Blessings
Nora :D


CONGRATS goes to LINDA WAGNER as her name was picked using Random number.com THANKS Mike for making this give away possible!!



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48 comments:

  1. Hi Nora!

    I love Mike Delloso and I would love to be entered into your drawing for his new books, sounds very interesting!

    Stormi
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  2. I tweeted about this giveaway @ladystorm33

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  3. Mike, I'm so sorry you went through cancer, but look forward to the book the struggle birthed.
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com
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  4. I became a follower.
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  5. I'm intrigued. I'm especially interested to see how this author uses his cancer treatment fears and such in the book as my husband went through chemo and radiation last year. I've never read a vampire book so that's not a hook for me, but everything else he says really draws me in. Hope I win!

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  6. I liked where he said that the 3 things he couldn't live without - his wife, children and liberty.
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  7. I am a follower.
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  8. I would love to be entered in this giveaway Nora! I have never read any of Mike's books and they sound interesting. I like how he mentioned that his books are not gory or overly violent. I can't stand that in a book and sometimes I think authors go too far in talking about violence or crime. I have put books down because of that. Very interested to see how he handles it. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  9. GFC Follower already as Charity.

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  10. Facebook Comment

    No need to enter me in the drawing. I've read ALL of this authors books and LOVED everyone. I Can't wait until May!! :)

    Shannon Walker Hutchison

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  11. I love your books I just this year began reading your books and they are wonderful and my 17 year old daughter and 21 year old son have just started reading them thanks for the great read and spiritual gifts

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  12. Hi Nora,

    I'd love to win a copy of this book. I LOVE Christian suspense/sci-fi/horror but I haven't heard of Dellosso. Please enter me to win.

    roachcutie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Thank you all for your kind words. I'm glad some of you have been exposed to my books already. I'm really looking forward to having some good discussion about Darlington Woods in February. Hope you'll all join us!

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    Great interview as usual Nora...I may be a chicken on this new book too!

    Gail Cochran Mundy

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  16. Hi Nora,
    Great interview. Your questions really led Mike to share some interesting information. I work at a school library. Mike is our featured author this year. I love the fact that you asked him what his favorite books are. Now we can set them out with his poster. I have to admit, "creepy", as Mike puts it, isn't usually my style; but it sounds like I am going to have to read this one!

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  17. Anxious to Read Mike's books; loved the interview! Thanks!!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  18. I am glad to hear that you are doing well!
    May you have a long and happy life...
    I have always wanted to go back during the life
    of Jesus and see how I would have reacted to
    him...
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  19. I am a happy follower of your blog!
    Thanks, Cindi
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  20. I follow via e mail...please enter me.
    Thanks!!
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  21. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/25258927801241600.
    Again, many thanks...Cindi
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  22. I;ve read Scream, so I know your books are great.

    Your comment on a scary movie:Amityville Horror. Scared me nearly to death. I slept with the light on for weeks. Had nightmares for months.
    Mine was Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. The worst was a Alfred Hitchcock movie with what I called 'the little old lady with a hatchet.' My dad had to carry me to bed and my brother search my closet.
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  23. I'm going to try my second-chance-for-followers comment again: I was so eager for my second chance to win that I forgot to comment on the interview the second time!

    I always think a book is more interesting when the author is able to make it an allegory for something that's important to them. Even if the reader doesn't recognize the allegory (for instance if it's very personal), they still notice the passion. Perhaps this is a bad comparison, but I think the reason Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire was so well-recieved was because it was an allegory for her doubt in God after she lost a child. Therefore, the passion she poured into writing the book was intense.

    Although I am sad that Dellosso has had to battle cancer, I'm sure his experience has made his book more passionate and meaningful.

    Ok. NOW you can enter me a second time for:

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  24. I;m a follower.

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  25. Facebook Comment

    I like your interview with Mike. !!!! This book looks really good. Please enter me into the drawing.

    Betsy Hoffman Schaknowski

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    Love his non-smiling smile!Enjoyed the interview.

    Linda Wagner

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  27. My favorite question that you ask is what an author's favorite books were growing up. I love reading about books that inspired authors as children!

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  28. I am a follower of your blog and an email subscriber

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  29. Good interview and I'm looking forward to seeing the two-in-one at Wal-Mart.

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  30. I haven't had a chance to read anything by this author yet but after reading your interview and his replies, I must change that! I would love to be the lucky winner of this book - thanks for the opportunity.

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  31. I am a follower.

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  32. I'm an email subscriber.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  33. This is a new author for me also, and his books sound really good. I'd love a chance to win this giveaway. Thank you for the entry.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  34. Anonymous # 26: Didn't know someone would comment on my FB comment here. Kinda surprising!

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  35. I would love to read this book.

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  36. Enjoyed this interview, and so glad you survived your cancer. Love the picture of your Great Aunts Home! Wish you could spend a day with Thomas Jefferson and witness to him!
    Please include me!


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  37. I follow you blog on GFC


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  38. I tweeted this giveaway

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  40. #2Posted this giveaway on my Blog..

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  41. I'd want to visit Narnia too!! Very good interview, thank you for sharing it, Mr. Dellosso. I appreciate that you don't glorify nor go into details about sexual crimes ~ that's ALWAYS a turn off, and I refuse to read books that do go into details or glorify them. One reason I started writing my own books.

    Thank you, Nora for the opportunity to win.

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  42. I'm a follower! :)

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  43. And I tweeted about this giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/amandastephan/status/27080068849209344

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  44. Haven't read this author before but definitely want to!
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  45. gfc follower (lgm52)
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  46. I've always thought Walmart had a small, but decent selection of Christian books. I like to see Christian authors write fantasy. So many believe it's evil.

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  47. GFC follower

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  48. CONGRATS goes to LINDA WAGNER as her name was picked using Random number.com THANKS Mike for making this give away possible!!

    We are looking forward to reading your next book Mike. I LOVE the cover and the premise!!

    Nora :D
    The Book Club Network

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