Today I am interviewing Donna Migliaccio, author of the new fantasy novel, Kinglet, first book in The Gemeta Stone series.
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DJ: Hey Donna! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Donna Migliaccio: I’m a professional stage actress with 30+ years in the business. I make my home in the metro Washington, DC area, but am currently in New York City, where I’m understudying legendary actress Patti LuPone in the musical WAR PAINT at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. Yep, it’s a crazy life!
DJ: What is Kinglet about?
Donna: It’s the story of Kristan Gemeta, a gentle young prince who loses his father, his crown and his family’s legendary Gemeta Stone when his kingdom is overthrown by the Wichelord Daazna. He must regain the Stone and learn to be a leader before he can take back his crown and free his people.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Kinglet and the series?
Donna: A big influence was T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. I was intrigued by the story of a young man coming into power who must learn to balance the need for control and strength against his natural inclination toward kindness and compassion.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Donna: Kristan’s innate gentleness is often viewed as a weakness by those he needs to lead so he can regain his throne. His journey is all about finding the confidence and courage to lead while still remaining true to his nature. Another major character is Heather Demitt, a reckless young woman who thinks she’s found the Stone and sets off to find its owner so he can help free her homeland from Daazna’s rule. And Daazna himself is a fascinating study – someone who feels he’s been wronged and will go to any lengths to get revenge.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Kinglet?
Donna: Probably because I’m an actress, I’m always interested in what motivates a character: what are their needs, their desires, their fears. I wanted all my characters to be fully-fleshed – not just cardboard heroes and villains, but living, breathing people, multi-faceted; sometimes loveable and sometimes not. I loved putting my characters into uncomfortable situations and then figuring out how they’d deal with it. Sometimes they surprised me!
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Donna: Oh, I hope they’ll be wondering what happens next!
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began The Gemeta Stone series? Kinglet is only the first book, but is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Donna: There are certainly messages and themes throughout The Gemeta Stone, but whether a reader “gets” them is not my priority. Mostly what I want is for them to get caught up in the story and characters. I want them to enjoy the journey. What messages they pick up along the way are coincidental.
DJ: How did you come up with your books’ titles?
Donna: The title of each book is taken from Kristan Gemeta’s nickname at that point in the story. Early in the first book he flees to a wasteland known as The Exilwald, and there he’s nicknamed “Kinglet,” after a reclusive little bird with a hidden crown of red feathers. (It’s an actual bird, too – one of my hobbies is birdwatching, so it was fun to add that to the story!)
DJ: Now that Kinglet is released, what is next for you?
Donna: The next book in the series, Fiskur, will be coming from Fiery Seas Publishing in November 2017, with its sequel, StoneKing, to follow in early 2018. I’ve finished the fourth book in the series and am already hard at work on the first draft of the fifth and final book.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Donna-Migliaccio/e/B018WBH592
Author Website/Blog: www.donnamigliaccio.com
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Kinglet and The Gemeta Stone series that we haven’t talked about yet?
Donna: Occasionally people ask if The Gemeta Stone is a children’s or young adult series. It isn’t – it’s aimed at an adult audience. There are adult themes and a fair amount of violence. More mature teens will enjoy it, but it may be a bit much for kids under 15.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Donna: Thanks for inviting me to talk to your readers. I’m happy to answer any questions, either here, on my website or on my Goodreads page.
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*** Kinglet is published by Fiery Seas Publishing and is available TODAY!!! ***
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Kristan Gemeta has lost everything: his crown, his kingdom, his courage – even his name.
In the vast wilderness of the Exilwald, he’s known to the other outcasts as Kinglet. As long as Kristan stays hidden, he can elude the bounty hunters, brutal soldiers and terrifying spells of Daazna, the Wichelord who killed his father and destroyed his life.
But when a new band of pursuers comes looking for him, Kristan’s wariness gives way to intrigue. For bounty hunters they’re oddly inept, and a young woman in their company is leaving enigmatic drawings wherever they go. As they plunge deeper into the Exilwald, Kristan follows. He discovers the drawings symbolize the Gemeta Stone, an ancient family talisman seized by Daazna but now in the little band’s possession.
With the Stone’s protection, Kristan might stand a chance against Daazna. He could regain his birthright and his honor. But to obtain the Stone, he must reveal his true identity and risk the one thing he has left…his life.
Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres. KINGLET, the first book in her fantasy series THE GEMETA STONE, will be released in August 2017 by Fiery Seas Publishing, with its sequel, FISKUR, to follow in November.Visit her website at http://www.donnamigliaccio.com.