What are you reading now?
The New York Times, weekend edition. It takes me the whole week to read the newspaper, but there’s so much in there.
What does your title mean?
The title of my book, The Devil’s Triangle, explains it all. Cooper is in love with Grace, but the Devil wants her too. Who wins? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out 🙂
What inspires you?
Traveling inspires me. One of my favorite memories was traveling to Rome to finish one of my books. I bought a sunflower and plopped it in a vase on my desk. Wandering the streets, listening to the people speaking Italian, and jumping out of the way of Vespas all contributed great details to the book.
I got a great idea last summer on our trip to Greece for my next book. I just have to finish this series first.
What is your writing schedule like?
I’m at my best in the morning. After I walk Chester (my dog), I start my writing day, usually ending at lunchtime.
I’m a morning writer too, for now. What is your writing space like?
My writing space has changed depending on the book. I have an office in my home, but I wrote The Devil’s Triangle and its sequel, The Devil’s Temptation, in my kitchen, close to the cookies!
What motivates you to write?
A character gets in my head, starts talking to me. The only way to shut them up is to start writing.
When did you start writing?
I was a reader way before I was a writer. I didn’t have the guts to write until I was much older.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a wide range of favorites. In the YA genre, I love Patricia Mc Cormick. I also love the Italian writer, Niccolo Amaniti.
Who inspires you?
Other writers and creative people inspire me. My son is a filmmaker and he inspires me.
Why did you write this particular story?
I wrote this story because of Cooper. He is teenaged boy with a heart. He also can have a mouth and says things that make me roll my eyes and laugh aloud. He’s the guy I wish I’d gone to my high school prom with!
That is really fun! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks Toni! Here is the blurb to her book The Devil’s Triangle.
The Devil’s Triangle blurb
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend that can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping he and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
About the Author
Toni De Palma was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she spent many summers in Ischia, the Italian island where her father was brought up. Her first middle grade novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was published in 2007 and selected as a Kirkus New Voices Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her second middle grade novel, Jeremy Owl, was published in 2010. Toni holds her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and she is a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship. She currently resides in New Jersey.