Today I welcome Renita Pizzitola. She’s here to tell us about her new release DREAM ON and a little bit about herself.
I like having guests; it’s kind of like having a party. Everyone comes to see what’s going on, hopefully leaves a message or two for Renita and comes back often to visit the blog later.
Thanks for joining us today Renita!
1) Tell us a bit about your new release, Dream On.
Thanks for having me! Dream On is an Urban Fantasy Romance about a dreamwalker named Emory. Dreamwalkers are people who can separate their spirit from their body and travel to the dream realm. Emory’s put her skills to use and runs a business ending nightmares. She thinks she’s seen it all until a man appears in her dream jobs asking for her help. Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, has been body-snatched and is stuck in the dream realm. They concoct a plan to lure the squatter out but when the lines between the real Grayson and the man in his body blur things get complicated.
2) Where do you get your ideas? For example Life experience, fantasies, experiences and fantasies of friends, etc.
I get ideas from just about everywhere. Dream On just sort of came to me one day. I have a bit of a fascination with dreams so while toying with different book ideas I came up with a business focused on ending nightmares. And really, how awesome would that be? Personally, I’d want to the be the person who got to end the nightmares, but I’m sure a lot of people would love to have their bad dreams taken care of—Emory style. Everything about Dream On was fun to write. From Emory’s character to the issues she faces, I enjoyed creating her world. I love humor in books so I, of course, had to address the embarrassing nightmares along with the scary kind. Emory was one of my favorite characters to create, and Grayson, with all of his shameless advances, is definitely her perfect match.
3) What do you find draws you most to write?
I love to write. When I’m not writing, I’m plotting and wishing I were at home on my computer writing. It pretty much consumes me. I think that’s pretty typical for writers, though. Once I start a story my characters take over and I keep typing away, dying to know how their story will end. Can you tell I’m a bit of a pantser ;)
4) What else do you have in the works?
Gilded, book two in my YA series, release Fall 2013. I recently finished a New Adult contemporary romance, which is with my super awesome agent, and now I’m busy working on another NA romance.
5) How do you name your characters? Any special tricks?
The names have to fit the character and usually I know when I’ve found the right one. It just feels like a match. I base it on personality, physical characteristics and sometimes I pick names with meanings. It all depends on the story.
6) Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
It took me a while to suck it up and switch to an ereader but now I have a Kindle and an iPad. I love them dearly and can’t figure out why I waited so long. :)
7) As a romance/erotica reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
I like humor in romance. I want a story that can elicit a range of emotions but if you get me laughing out loud, I’m definitely a happy reader.
8) What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Probably reading romance novels. Between being a writer and having an English degree, I think people assume I want to sit around talking about Literary Fiction, and while I have an appreciation for all writing, I’d much rather hear about a sexy new book I can add to my TBR pile. ;)
9) Any vacation or appearance plans this year?
My family has our usual beach and lake trips planned for the summer and I can’t wait to have that time to read and write!
10) What would your readers by very surprised to learn about you?
I can’t really think of anything that readers would be surprised about, but on the flip side, I teach preschool and parents of my students are always surprised to find out I write romance :)
For details on DREAM ON please visit www.renitapizzitola.com
Title: Dream On
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.
Visit www.renitapizzitola.com for more information
Dream On Blurb:
Her quest begins when she closes her eyes.
Emory Bennett owns a lucrative dreamwalking business. Trained in weaponry and Muay Thai, she spends her nights entering the dream realm resolving her clients’ nightmares, whatever they might be: bad guys, scary beasts, or the classic forgot-to-wear-my-pants nightmare. Her jobs get complicated when a gorgeous man keeps appearing requesting her help.
Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, is stuck in the dream realm while a stranger inhabits his body. He needs Emory’s assistance in the waking realm, which he can’t visit if he can’t get back into his body.
Once Emory is convinced Grayson’s not a figment of her imagination, they concoct a plan to lure the body snatcher out. But as Emory begins to fall for Grayson, the line blurs between him and the stranger who inhabits his body. She must keep it together to get close enough to discover his secrets, or divide her very soul if she can’t bring the man she loves back.
CONTENT WARNING: Strong language
A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance