I am so blessed to know Danielle Grandinetti and get to read her novels, rich with history, danger, and romance. It’s my favorite combination, and she does it so well. Allow mt to introduce her to you and her books.
Whether in her historical romantic suspense or contemporary sweet romance Danielle Grandinetti crafts characters finding home in hard times. She is also an avid reader and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Find her online at daniellegrandinetti.com.
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Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit Danielle with rapid-fire.
CC: Milk or Dark Chocolate?
CC: Print or E-book?
CC: Cat or Dog Person?
Morning Person or Night Owl?
CC: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
I’m not really sure how morning people exist, but I’m glad that works for you! LOL Now let’s dive into the meat of the interview.
What do you like to do when you aren’t reading or writing?
DG: I love to cook. It’s hard to find the time to craft a meal with little kiddos, but putting together a meal is one of my favorite ways to let my creativity renew itself. I also enjoy photographing nature, especially Lake Michigan, and crocheting. Like cooking, these activities are often done in small, rare snippets, but I enjoy them whenever I get a chance.
CC: Oh the life of being a mom with littles. Those activities definitely sound renewing, and I’ll never be opposed to having someone else cook for me. . . or at least someone who enjoys cooking. 😉
What is your writing Kryptonite?
DG: Description. To compensate, I leave room in my word count to go back through after the initial draft to layer in the description. It keeps me from getting bogged down during the first draft and helps me bring each scene to life one at a time.
CC: Aren’t you so glad our stories don’t have to be done perfectly the first time around? That editing is really where we get to clean up our weaknesses and let God really shine through.
What is your writing schedule like?
DG: As a mother of young boys, I have to snag writing time when I can. When they’re playing well together, I pull out my computer. Or we all snuggle on the couch to watch a movie while I write. Sometimes, one of my kiddos will even grab a toy computer and pretend to write with me!
CC: That is so sweet. And grabbing time when and however you can is the only way to survive.
He can procure anything, except his heart’s deepest wish. She might hold the key, if she’s not discovered first.
Chicago, 1933―Lucia Critelli will do anything for her ailing grandfather, including stand in a breadline to have enough food to make him a St. Nicholas Day meal. When she catches the eye of a goon who threatens her grandfather, she discovers the end of Prohibition doesn’t mean the end of the mafia’s criminal activity.
Retired Marine Scout Giosue “Gio” Vella can find anything, especially if it helps a fellow Italian immigrant, so he has no doubt he can locate his neighbor’s granddaughter, who has gone missing from a local church. Keeping her safe is another matter. Especially when he chooses to hide out with his Marine buddy in Eagle, Wisconsin, the site of a barely-held truce among striking dairy farmers.
Will Christmas bring the miracle they all need or will Gio discover there are some things even he can’t find, particularly when he stumbles upon the most elusive gift of all: love.
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CC: What was some of your favorite research for As Silent as the Night?
DG: That no matter your hardships, especially this Christmas season, you will remember the Light that shines in the darkest times. There is always hope, even when the world seems bleakest. And that Jesus came to bring love and peace to the world, and to you.
DG: I want to go back to the Alps! I saw a glimpse of them along the Swiss/Italian border and again from the air, and I’ve wanted to explore them more ever since. Ciao! Buon Natale!
CC: Thank you so much for joining us. Readers, I recommend you pick up her story As Silent as the Night for an exciting Christmas read.