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Interview with Nina D’Angelo

Interview with Nina D’Angelo

What inspired you to write Crime Fiction?


I didn’t actually plan on writing crime. When I was 16 I had visions of becoming the next Jackie Collins or writing sweeping romances about swashbuckling heroes but as I got older, things changed. I started writing with a group of girls called the Twisted Sisters. One of them wrote the romance, another wrote the action and I brought crime and death to the group.


I found I enjoyed writing crime and started learning as much as I could – from reading true crime, to books on forensics and criminology. I think what really inspires me to write crime is the knowledge that you can write intricate plots with a twist and turn everywhere. You really can let your mind roam freely. It’s a fantastic genre to write for and researching is always fun.

Do you have a character you enjoyed writing the most? 

I love writing all my characters. Stephanie Carovella, my main character in Nowhere to Run was fun to write. She’s tough on the outside, but inside there is a vulnerability she doesn’t like to show. She comes across as reckless, sometimes selfish and self-obsorbed but everything she does is to protect her family and her friends. She’s been an interesting character to develop and her background story came together so easily.


I’ve got to admit I have a soft spot for Jake Carlisle, who is Gena Evan’s former love interest in Nowhere to Run. I actually have plans for him further down the track in the Stephanie Carovella series.

Is there a genre you would like to try?


I have an idea for a paranormal/supernatural genre. That will be next in the works after Nowhere to Hide, the second novel in the Stephanie Carovella series, has been written. I plan on making the paranormal series a three book series. I’d also like to try my hand at romance just for the hell of it, but crime will always be my genre.

Could you live without coffee? 

Hell no.

Do you have a favorite Youtube video? 

Only music clips.

Can you knit?


I fail at anything like that. I can’t sew or knit to save myself.

Tell us a joke!


A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

What’s your favorite thing about the writing process?


The writing itself. A lot of people think you sit down and write a novel and that’s it. Writing a novel involves the research process, the plotting, the editing, the rewrites. It’s a long, tough process.


My favorite part is actually sitting down at my laptop and just churning out words. I put my earplugs in, turn the music up and lose myself in words.

Three facts about you?


I used to be a music Journalist and once had a musician throw a chair at me because he didn’t like a question I asked him.

I am a speed reader. I can read a 300 page book in 90 minutes.

In 2010 I paraglided of the Austrian Alps at 18,000 feet.

Do you believe in UFOs?



What was your favorite snack growing up? 

Cheese on toast.

Would you rather have fame or fortune?


Fortune. Fame is overrated.

Pick one book that is your all time favorite?


It’s too hard to pick one, but I will try!!!  My favorite would be Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Embarrassing guilty pleasure?

Line dancing

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Definitely an introvert


Muppet – animal
Cartoon growing up- Gummibears
Color- Black or purple
Type of Monster- Cookie

Do you speed when you drive? Just a  little
Spaghetti or Lasagna and why? Spaghetti. I like the feel of twirling the spaghetti on my fork

Your thoughts on Self Publishing.


I think self publishing is the way to go for all authors starting off. You can do both traditional publishing and self pubbing. Self pubbing gets you out there while you’re looking for a traditional publisher and then there is also the fact many traditional publishers now scope the top 100 on amazon for indie authors to pick up.


I love the fact with self publishing you also bypass the agents and have complete control of your work – from the cover design, the formatting, the design and the editing process. You have so much more control. It’s sort of empowering, but also scary at the same time.

Your thoughts on Zombies.

If you see one, run.

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? 

I’ve never thought about it, but it could be out there.

Are you a tweeter, a re-tweeter, or you couldn’t care less about Twitter? 

I use twitter. You can find me @janinedangelo. I would love to use twitter more but time doesn’t always allow it.

Would you rather sit on a porch with sweet tea {insert other beverage if tea isn’t your thing} or go hiking with a bottle of water and a smile?


Hiking. I love exercising and nothing is more relaxing than hiking somewhere and seeing the sights. One of my to-do’s on my bucket list is to walk to Kokoda Trail.

Your favorite type of music 

I listen to everything but I have a great love for country music and rock.

Your favorite color of Skittle 

Green skittle

Your favorite memory


Really falling in love with someone for the first time. I met him at 3am in the morning at IHOP when I was in Los Angeles. He came up to me, sat down and started talking to me. 5 hours later we were still talking and never stopped until he died.

Your favorite quote


If you’re going through hell, just keep going

Your favorite way to spend an evening 

reading, writing or seeing a band

Tell us what you are working on now!


I’m currently working on the second novel in the Stephanie Carovella series, which is Nowhere to Hide.  

Nowhere to Hide will see Stephanie face some of her demons from Nowhere to Run, become a criminal Profiler and also takes on a copycat killer. In the background another killer will be looming and you will see more of him in book three.

Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?


Keep writing. Never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. If you feel in your gut, you are. Read- reading strengthens your own writing. Read widely as well.


If you have the determination, then you can do what you set out to do. I’d suggest join writing groups, read up as much as you can about the publishing industry and ask questions.

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