Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Deb Zannelli!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Debra Zannelli

I wanted to know more about Deb. I asked the usual questions!

Where is your hometown? Exeter, Rhode Island

What have you written? Darkness and Light series: Dark Night of the Soul (2016), A Darkness Descending (2018), Where There was Darkness (2019), Darkness and Light, Hunter (2021), Darkness and Light, Vampires (2022). Sister World trilogy: Sister World, The Arrival (2019), Sister World, The Fight for Earth (2020). Peacedale (2018).

And what genre(s) are your books? Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Who are your favorite authors? Ken Follett, Stephen King, M.M.Kaye, Colleen McCullough

What were your favorite books growing up? A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Rings, The Far Pavillions

What do you like best about writing? Examining the emotions of the characters I write, it makes me examine mine. I love research and including facts with fiction. For example, my science fiction contains lots of science facts. I’ve worked with a physicist, the director of emergency management for the town of Charleston, and an expert on indigenous plants of various climes, just to name a few.

What do you find most challenging about writing? Setting aside time, and finding a way to put my very real emotions into situations others will understand and feel a connection to.

Where do you draw your inspiration? From my own experiences, the dreams hopes, disappointments of my youth  and the challenges and victories of the life I’ve lived. I use fiction to bring these things to life. I watch the world,  especially the young, looking for what motivates and determines both our actions and responses to the actions of others, and adding a good sized helping of what brought me to where I am now.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Stephen King! What’s the title going to be? The King’s Betrayal

Find out more about Deb and her writing at her website: https://drzannelliauthor.com/

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debraroseauthor

Deb has generously offered a copy of the anthology Green, published in 2021 by the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Her very poignant short story is included in this compendium. To be eligible to win a copy, just tell us your favorite green thing.

14 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Deb Zannelli!

  1. Hi, I enjoyed reading this interview, I love the sound of your books. Very nice meeting you, you are a new to me author . My favorite green thing are the Christmas trees and the stems of all the beautiful flowers. Thank you for the chance. Have a great weekend.

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  2. I loved the interview and especially the title of the book you would collaborate on with Stephen King, The King’s Betrayal. I think that would interest Stephen King himself! My favorite green things are pine trees! I wrote a children’s book entitled, Why Pine Trees Stay Green. Hopefully it will be published one day!

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  3. My favorite green thing are the trees and plants. My most favorite trees that are in my garden are the redwood and cedar. They provide the beautiful green year round.

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  4. It was lovely meeting Debra here, Martha, and a fun mini-interview. I liked her answer to what she enjoys about writing: “Examining the emotions of the characters I write, it makes me examine mine.” I find that to be true also. Thanks for the great post.

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  5. The first thing that comes to mind is food. I love spinach. I bake a large spinach calzone at least once a week. It’s what I bring to work throughout the week for lunch. What can I say, this girl loves her spinach and carbs too! I wish there was a button to attach a photo of my famous spinach pie. Best of luck to all the participants!

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