Our guest today is Emilia Rutigliano author of the Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Layers of Veronica Book Series.
What made you decide to become a published author?
I’m a good storyteller, so I told good stories. Friends started passing the stories around, but the format of Word documents, blogs and converted files was becoming tedious… Kindle Direct Publishing came to the rescue.
Would you consider your latest book series, Layers of Veronica, to be a one of a kind? How so?
Layers is different in that it wasn’t targeted to the main-stream, and yet regardless of who you are, you recognize a part of yourself in every character. It is a mix of “it could happen” and “it DID happen” in such a way that you want to be part of that world. The reason the book series stands out is that it doesn’t go in one direction and with only one guide, thus the layer theory. In each situation there is character growth as a parent, a lover, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and as a friend.
Where is your writing sanctuary?
LOL. My writing sanctuary is anywhere I can sit down with a laptop. If there is internet, well then I’m in Shangri-la. I write sitting in my car waiting for my kids to finish their extracurricular activities, in court waiting for assignment to see a judge and in front of the TV with my family. The story is usually already written in my head, I just need to get the words on the screen.
What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?
Do NOT follow the tried and true. There is no such thing for a writer. Just because ‘it’ worked for so and so, it may not work for you. Do get yourself educated in everything there is out there. There is a plethora of information… but you don’t need to take every one of those roads. Also, if you believe in your work and there is no traditional publisher willing to give you the attention, start with self-publishing. The cost is minimal. It’s definitely a good “start.”
What is one thing you learned about your book after it was published?
I was shocked to find the demographic attracted to the book. I though the book would only be popular with the 35-40-year-ol NYC immigrants. I was absolutely wrong. Veronica intrigues and inspires people all over the world, and of all ages. Women in their 50s, 60s and 70s have written to me to let me know the book is exactly what they were waiting for. I have never been so happy to be wrong.
Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?
Absolutely. The book is fiction through and through, but it is also a scrapbook/journal of my own experiences in the world… particularly with people I know and the places I’ve visited. Because my main point was to develop characters that were credible, I gave them all backgrounds of people I know. Veronica, for example, has my history. It isn’t a memoir or an autobiography, but if I did it, ate it or experienced it… Veronica was able to draw from those experiences.
Aside from writing, what’s your passion?
I like traveling and seeing different cultures. I love watching people interact. My husband laughs that if he leaves me alone for ten minutes someplace, I’ll usually strike up a conversation with someone nearby – regardless of which continent I am on or what language the conversation would be in. I also enjoy all the other ambits of my life – I’m a wife, a mom, a trial attorney and a friend. Each of the layers is my passion. I enjoy them all.
What’s next for you?
More traveling, more writing, more living… While the last two books of Layers of Veronica are receiving some TLC at the editor’s, I’m working on another book series called Alexandra’s Order. There’s a lot of research and fun to be head before the book is completed. There’s also a lot of living to do. J
About the Book:
They say that when a student is ready, a teacher appears.
What they don’t say is where to register, and how to matriculate in that teacher’s class.
That is a divine gift.
Veronica had it all: the looks; the brains; the personality; and the wardrobe. Not to mention a perfect husband, a fabulous career and two adorable children, until the perfect husband leaves her for another woman.
Thus begin the daily routines of a typical New York City immigrant with ambition whose teachers keep appearing, and for whom divine interventions keep affording new opportunities.
Though it starts like ordinary connections going through the tried and true, each relationship continues to delve into parts of her own universe that Veronica didn’t know existed. A universe that is suddenly open to her.
This is a different kind of heroine…
Welcome to the New American Dream, Dare to Dream…
Purchase the first book in the series, Napoleon, at AMAZON