Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Interview with Donna Anastasi, author of 'Spin the Plate'

Today we have an author interview with Donna Anastasi, author of Spin the Plate, who is currently on tour with Walker Author Tours. Enjoy, and don't forget to pick up your copy of Spin the Plate!

What have been your most successful marketing techniques? 
Getting good reviews – especially from Amazon.com, entering contests, offering a free e-book version, doing giveaways and virtual tours.

Who is your favorite author of all time, and why? 
C.S. Lewis. I like that he can describe very complex ideas simply, that he writes both fiction and non-fiction, and writes on the topic of theology. He draws you right in with characters and storyline and is neither sentimental or pessimistic.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be, and with whom? 
I’ve been to Europe twice - once on my honeymoon and once with our children – I’d love to go back. May favorite way to travel is to stay with people who live in the country and have them show me around.

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be? 
Probably sample everything on the menu from my favorite Chinese restaurant and have it with diet coke. I’d eat it on a Chinet paper plate because I always enjoy my meals most when I know I don’ t have to do the dishes afterwards.

Is your family supportive of what you do? 
Yes – though I’m missed when I go away on my weekend writing jaunts.

Tell us about your book.
This book is not your usual bodice-ripper romance where an unnaturally gorgeous heroine meets a buff, alpha-male for hot nasty sex.

Not even close.

Jo is a survivor of a bleak and abusive childhood. She channels her pain and rage into weight training and roams the city streets at night as a powerful vigilante. While she is more than capable of defending herself against physical danger, she is defenseless against the memories of the past that torment her.

Francis is a mysterious man she meets on the subway train. He doesn’t have a regular job and is still living at home. But he is gentle, likeable, friendly, intelligent, sensitive, respectful, generous, patient, and understanding. Just what a brave, but damaged soul like Jo needs.

In this story, the average-guy hero battles to win the battered heart of the wary, edgy, less-than-perfect heroine.

“Spin the Plate is a fast-paced, edgy, darkly comic tale of resilience, romance, and redemption that breaks over you in waves. All you can do is gasp, stay afloat, and enjoy the ride.”
-- Holly Robinson, author of The Wishing Hill and Sleeping Tigers

Where can we find out more about you and buy your book?
The novel is free from Smashwords and iTunes. It is a 99 cent kindle and available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Make sure to get the January 2013 (full length novel) version titled “Spin the Plate: A novel.

Donna Anastasi is the author of two non-fiction small animal books published by Bowtie press: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care (2005) a popular how to breed, raise, and care for gerbils book and The Complete Guide to Chinchilla Care (2008) a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats. Spin the Plate is Anastasi's debut novel. The 2013 printing of Spin the Plate is a completely revised and expanded version of her 2010 indie-award winning novel: Living Now Book Awards (Gold Medal), Reader’s Favorite Awards (Silver Medal, Contemporary Romance), International Book Awards (Finalist, Women’s Literature), Best Book Awards (Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction).

Donna Anastasi lives in the woods of Southern New, Hampshire with her husband, two teen-aged daughters and an ever-changing menagerie.


  1. My daughter just read 'Spin the Plate' She loved it.

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge. This will be my first year participating.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

  2. Hi Brett, I appreciate her giving the novel a read.

    I'm offering a free kindle e-version to anyone who requests on during the duration of the virtual book tour (until the end of March 2013). Just email me at: donna@spintheplate.com for a copy.

    Donna, Author "Spin the Plate"