Monday, March 26, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Giuseppe Bianco

Please give a warm welcome to Giuseppe Bianco!
Hello, everyone. My name is Giuseppe Bianco, and I’m very excited to share some fun facts about myself as a storyteller, artist, book lover and classic-cartoon fanatic.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
I’ve always loved writing, but it wasn’t until I read the Harry Potter series when I finally realized, “That’s what I want to do!” To take someone out of this world and invite them into one created by my own imagination, through storytelling; introducing them to characters they could relate to and want to hang out with. To me, that is the ultimate form of escapism. There are so many writers that I draw inspiration from, but my role model is undoubtedly J.K. Rowling.
3LB: Describe A Girl Named Willow Krimble in 5 words or less.
I would say:
Friendship, family, selflessness, and wonder.
3LB: If you could hang out with one of your characters for a day, who would it be?
I would like to hang out with Willow, since her personality encompasses everything I aspire to be. She is a very “glass-half-full” kind of gal. With any luck, a bit of her optimism would cling onto me.
3LB: Do you share personality characteristics with any of your characters? Did you put part of yourself in them as you they were being created on paper and ink?
I would say there is a lot of me in Razzel Fiora. Oh, I’m not as cool, brave or as tough as she is, but her sarcasm is very easy to write, since I myself have been known to spin a few cynical quips in my day.
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
I’m having a lot of fun writing about Willow and her friends in book 2. Hopefully I can finish it by end of this year. There are still a lot of open doors that Willow and her friends need to walk through, and I love taking the journey with them.
3LB: If you could bring to life any book character in history, who would you chose?
Since I love cartoon characters and I love Dr. Seuss (another one of my inspirational heroes), I would love to bring The Cat In The Hat to life because he knows how to have fun and still be responsible enough to clean up after himself – even if he does wait until the last possible second. I’d love to speak to him in continuous rhyme. Yes, meeting him would be quite sublime.
3LB: If you were to go live on an island and could only choose 5 books to take with you, what would you choose?
  • The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. I love stories that have a lot of heart. This is certainly one of them.
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I would love to take the entire series, but since I need to narrow it down, I’ll go with the last book.
  • Little Jordan Ray’s Muddy Spud by Gris Grimly. It’s a children’s book and he is my favorite illustrator. If I’m trapped on an island, I want to have some inspirational art to look at.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. If you want to be transported into someone else’s imagination while tapping into your own, read this book.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This would be to remind me: If you are going to tell a story, it needs to be BIG. Not long or short, but BIG. This is a very BIG story. Anyone who’s read it will know what I mean.
3LB: Do you have a favorite mythical creature?
I guess I should say something cool, like a dragon, or something magical, like a unicorn or fairy, but I’m going to go with Sasquatch. That’s right, Bigfoot. Here’s the thing; although he is mythical, there is still a tiny possibility that he actually exists. I love the idea of a creature that is the story of legends, yet sways people to wonder that he just might be out there. Nothing stretches our imaginations farther than the realm of slim possibility.
3LB: What other hobbies do you enjoy aside from reading and writing?
I also draw. I illustrated my own cover as well as the chapter icons in the book. More of my non-Willow-related art can be viewed on my art blog.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
  1. My wife has turned me into a cat person and we now have four cats. They are:   Sherlock, Smokey, Misty and Meadow. I actually like all of them. There, I said it.
  2. I can only write during my commute since I work full time. I am writing this on the train right now. Well, not right now.
  3. I love classic cartoons like Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, etc.
  4. I have a collection of action figures and figurines in my basement. From He-Man, Smurfs, Peanuts, Muppets, Rudolph and other Rankin/Bass holiday specials. Hey, stop judging. It’s a hobby, okay? I don’t mind growing old, but I have issues with growing up.
  5. I have a beautiful wife and daughter who put up with all of the quirks you have been reading about.
3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Lastly, I really want to thank Lucia and any other blogger who has shown their support to, not only me, but any independent author. I know that sometimes there is a certain perceived stigma that goes along with self-published novels. Anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves. Of course there shouldn’t be, but sometimes there is. I just wanted to say, that it’s not about who believes in printing your book, it’s about who believes in reading it. I believe in Willow, and I hope you will too.
Thank you, Giuseppe! For more information about Mr. Bianco and his books, visit: 
Purchase A Girl Named Willow Krimble, available now!
So, you’ve just discovered that the person who has tormented, mocked and humiliated you for the past three years is lying in the school parking lot, bleeding internally from a hit and run accident. No one else is around and you need to get to a life-and-death family emergency of your own before it is too late. What would you do? Oh, did I mention you have the secret ability to heal others just by touching them? This is just one of the many situations 13-year-old Willow Krimble must face in this Web Novel, A Girl Named Willow Krimble.

Willow lives with her mother and older brother, Wyatt; she loves hanging out with her best friend, the feisty and sarcastic Razzel Fiora, and she has a close relationship with her grandmother. Seems pretty normal, right? It might be if the two most popular girls in middle school, Shayla Stergus and Snella Burenbine, did not taunt and remind her, on a daily basis, that she was born without her left leg.

Forced to maneuver through obstacles most teenagers would not need to tackle, Willow is suddenly blessed (or cursed?) with the unusual power to heal others through touch. Ever selfless, Willow’s desire to help the injured and sick thrusts her into a world where she is given immense responsibility, putting the needs of others before her own, all the while trying to maintain her secret.

Willow’s adolescent journey takes her through an emotional cyclone where she finds joy and purpose in helping an array of patients from an old man with Alzheimer’s to a mauled animal in a pet store. But Willow soon finds out there are limitations to her ability and, no matter how hard she might try, she cannot save everyone.

Through the intermingling of joy and pain, Willow is repeatedly tested to discover just how strong she can be, how strong she has been her entire life, and how everyone possesses the ability to effect another person’s world, with or without a secret power.

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