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Indie Author Day Interview with Angela D'Onofrio

Updated on September 24, 2018
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I am the author of three middle grade children's books, and I blog on the side. My favorite topics are movies, writing, and pop culture.


About the Author

Name (real and/or pen): Angela D'Onofrio
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy / Thriller
Name(s) of the book(s) you’ve published and link(s) to purchase:
From the Desk of Buster Heywood
In The Cards
How long have you been a published author? 2 years

The Interview

1. What made you decide to become an indie author? What do you like to write about?

My series of novels is set in and around the fictional town of Aviario, Connecticut: a place where magic is very real, and a secret group enforces the fragile balance of its use. Some novels have no magic at all, others have it in spades. As such, the series cannot be pinned down to one genre, which makes it very difficult for traditional publishing houses to categorize. More than that, though, the telling of the stories is more important to me than the selling of the stories. As long as my work is finished and out there in the world in some manner, I'm happy.

2. How did you publish your first book?

I used a combination I'm sticking with for the time being: Smashwords for e-book conversion, with cross-posting to Amazon, and for print-on-demand.

3. Did you ever try to submit to traditional publishers? If so, what was your experience like?

I've done a couple of queries as part of Twitter pitch "games," just to see what it was like. They confirmed what I had already suspected about the varying genres of my novels.

4. How did you market your first book? Has your process changed with subsequent books?

I went into the first release knowing absolutely nothing at all about marketing, so it was all a bit slapdash. This year, I've had a little more experience, and some time to research. I feel like I'm gaining a little ground with every novel.

5. How do you support other indie authors?

I run a line-sharing hashtag on Twitter, #2bitTues. My blog, Between The Lines, has regular reviews of fellow indie authors' books, and I am a member of the Fiction Authors' Resource Group (#FARG) community on Facebook, as well. I believe that as indie authors, part of what we do must involve supporting one another, and that belief is serving me well: I've made an amazing amount of wonderful, talented friends.

6. What responses have you received from telling people that you are a writer?

Most are stunned that I actually managed to write that book that most people only say they want to get around to someday ... some are even curious about buying a copy! If only I could boost that ratio, eh?

7. What/who has been your biggest support as an indie author?

My wife, Laurel, who encouraged me to not give up, and has been with me every step of this two-year journey so far.

8. Quote from a positive review of your work.

"The town of Aviario feels like it should be a real place. (D'Onofrio uses) just enough description to set the atmosphere of each new location, the town feels like a character in its own right."


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