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. Continue reading