Friday, 12 February 2016

Author Q&A with Alex Disanti #Romance

Alex Disanti will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters?

My character Dominic Gianelli is big and tall in stature and has a commanding presence, so Chris Noth would be my choice to play Dominic. As much thought as I have given to Paige, there is no one specific person as yet that I have in mind. If they were still in their twenties then Phoebe Cates or Jennifer Connelly would be perfect. 

How do you come up with the titles of your books?

For my series, I wanted it to have a connection with stars or heaven. In the end I chose the title from a scene in book one. Haunted by a family tragedy, Dominic Gianelli is not a spiritual man. He is nearing fifty when a chance meeting with an extraordinary young woman causes him to rethink his decisions about love and marriage. In this particular scene he is thinking that he has no concept of heaven but that “here in this moment, with her, it was heaven, a separate heaven, apart from all else.”

What does your writing space look like?

I have a large, pale yellow armoire that is my “office.”  At this moment, my writing space is a chair and ottoman with my laptop…well, obviously in my lap!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I love a good novel. I enjoy Scrabble…the board game, the one you sit at a table across from a real, live person and play. When my friends from South Dakota visit Texas, I love playing card games with them and a game played with dominoes called “chicken foot.”  There is a single game I play online (Word Streak – it used to be called Scramble) with a friend from Colorado. I also enjoy swimming and fishing.
What is your favourite color?

Black or white

What is your favourite pleasure food?

Coke – never diet, the real Coke Classic, and Snickers

What is your favourite season?

Autumn, but it is rare in Texas!

What is your favourite television show?

Just one? If I have to choose from what is airing currently, then I would say The Good Wife.

What is your favourite movie?

The Godfather I and II

Who is your favourite actor?

Al Pacino

What is your favourite song?

No way to do one favorite.  Almost anything by George Strait, Alan Jackson or the Avett Brothers

What is your favourite comfort clothing attire?

A tee shirt and Joe Boxers!

What books might we find on your bedside table?

The current John Grisham, The Horse Whisperer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pentimento by Liillian Hellman, Davita’s Harp

Describe yourself in three words.

Determined, Loyal, Pensive.



Step into a world of riveting drama.  Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships.  A novel by Alex Disanti.  From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.


Excerpt one from Book One

On October 2, 1980, Dominic Gianelli entered the offices of Carson, Wiehls and Fullerton. A client for only weeks now, his arrival caused a flurry of activity among the staff.  Even the most experienced members of the investment firm were on edge. Henry Carson, owner and senior partner, was nervous and unsettled, completely out of character for him, but this was no ordinary client.

Gianelli was an enigma, recognized internationally in the business world and his accumulated assets were reported to be prodigious. Little else was known about him, although his penchant for two things, accuracy and privacy, had been evinced at their first meeting.  He seemed to have come on the scene quickly, yet his profile revealed more than twenty years of steady, well-planned acquisitions and disposals.  With as many European contacts as domestic, he was well respected here in New York.  After all, one did not ignore this kind of wealth and, therefore, power.

He was a big man, six-feet, three inches in height, 270 pounds. Immaculately groomed, he had brown eyes and short, dark, slightly thinning hair combed back from his forehead.  He seemed, by nature, a rather quiet man with low tolerance for the frivolous or inept.  He had an air of confidence that was not lost on those who met him.  Gianelli was a man comfortable with himself. When he entered a room, he owned it, and he knew it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country.  While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel.  Early works were mainly poetry and short stories.  As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript.  Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.”  These readers vary in age, occupation and background.  It simply grew from there.  Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.




  1. Thanks for being my guest! It's great to have you here!

  2. Thank you for being host to me and my series, A Separate Heaven. It is a pleasure to be here!

  3. Thank you for being host to me and my series, A Separate Heaven. It is a pleasure to be here!

  4. Great interview, thank you.

  5. Hi Rita! Thank you! Wishing you a happy Friday and a great weekend.

  6. Great Q&A, A Separate Heaven sounds like a fantastic series and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it, thanks for sharing and good luck!

  7. I enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  8. Great post, Loved the Q&A! I've enjoyed following the tour and learning about the series, I'm looking forward to checking it out :)