Today, please join me in welcoming author Angela Pisaturo. Angela studied creative writing at the Jerry Jenkins' Christian Writers Guild. She teaches creative writing at a local community center. She has penned articles for Creation Illustrated Magazine, Pet Supermarket newsletter and had been an inspirational columnist for a local online newspaper. She presently lives in the Tampa Bay area and loves to garden, play with her lovable Cavachon, Sofie and play her keyboard. She is going to talk to us about her latest novel which is loosely based on her life.
Angela, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
The hardest thing about writing for me, is trying to get my message across without being preachy. I try to remember how Jesus told stories through parables; never 'in your face', but always leaving one to think.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is about bipolar disorder and how it affects the entire family. My mom suffered from the disorder, so the story is loosely based on my experiences growing up in such a home. In the end, God healed our relationship in a miraculous way.
What inspired you to write this book?
When my mom was dying, she apologized for being emotionally abusive. Over the years she had said she wished someone would write a book about her sufferings. I felt this would be a way of recognizing her sufferings, as well as shed light on the family dynamics in order to help others find some sense of peace and healing.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
The message is that no matter what you suffer in life, no matter where you've been God can always turn sour grapes into wine.
Do you have any other books in the works?
I have another book that is complete – it is the story of campus rape for young adults. I wanted to portray the fact that young woman who are not the 'party' type can be coaxed into things they would not have normally done because of peer pressure. But the underlying message is that 'everyone gets lost sometimes, it takes courage to find your way back home'.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers is never give up and don't take criticism to heart, instead use it as a stepping stone to improve your work. I have dyslexia and in school I was told I would never amount to anything and that I was lazy. Back in the 60's they didn't know much about that, so I was labeled. If I had let that stop me, I wouldn't be writing books today to inspire others on their journey in life.
Do you talk to your characters?
I not only talk to them, but I become them. I have been known to give book signings and readings dressed as my main characters and acting out their lives.
Thank you for sharing Angela!
Veronica Wheaton allows her tragic childhood, growing up with a bipolar mother, to color her view of the world, and subsequently, applies that view into her journalistic reporting. All goes well for her, until she makes a major mistake in a news story, and it nearly costs her the job that she loves. Veronica goes through a painful ego let-down and almost self-destructs. Then there is the shocking revelation about her long-lost father and the secrets that her family kept hidden, that throw her further into darkness.
If not for the annoying, bible thumping weatherman, who recognized her pain, Veronica would have never found healing for her woundedness, and the love that she had been searching for all her life.