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Rising Stars: Meet C. D’Angelo

Today we’d like to introduce you to C. D’Angelo.

C., we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
The idea for my first novel, THE DIFFERENCE, came to me in 2012. I’ve always been an artistic person, so feeling a pull to write a book wasn’t that odd. After the idea wouldn’t leave my heart as something I had to get out into the world, I began writing the book in January 2013. Since I enjoy many other artistic expressions, I viewed the writing as another hobby at that point. This made the progress slow, as I wasn’t consistent. After a few years of sporadic writing then even taking a three-year break, I became serious about finishing it. Finally, my debut Women’s Fiction novel was published in July 2021. Now being an author is a full time second career and my next novel, THE VISITOR, will be released on June 1!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The field of writing is not an easy path. The craft alone is challenging, including making sure the story and writing are correct and entertaining, but also the business side, with marketing and time management. I have a monthly behind the scenes blog, a monthly newsletter, I coach writers for online pitch parties, and I’m self-published for my novels. This means I do everything on my own, from finding editors to managing all of the websites where my books are for sale. All of these activities and more (social media!) take up my free time from my full time day job, so working around each career’s time commitment can be difficult at times. But pursuing this author life is worth it! I never give up on a goal or a dream.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m the Women’s Fiction author of THE DIFFERENCE and THE VISITOR (releasing June 1). My niche in writing is universally relatable stories of the Italian American culture, which is my heritage. I have a conversational first person writing style that I’ve been told feels like the reader is a close friend. I also am a mental health counselor and use that experience in my writing, from characters’ thoughts and behaviors to addressing mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression in THE DIFFERENCE. I integrate in quirkiness and humor in my writing as well because that’s me! All of these aspects combined make me proud because I’m touching people’s lives from a genuine place. They can feel inspired by my stories of growth and hopefully even make changes for their own path, just like my characters.

How do you think about happiness?
There are so many things that make me happy, but I’ll focus on travel. I’ve been lucky to be able to visit so many places by this young age. The most life changing trip was when I visited Italy in 2014. It was always a dream to go to where my ancestors were from so finally being there felt unbelievably fulfilling. Not only did I gain a personal satisfaction at such a deep level, but for the first time, I was surrounded by people who didn’t speak English and didn’t have the same norms as us in America. It was fascinating to me to not only notice but experience the similarities in humanity as well as the beautiful differences that make up the pieces of the world. The trip left a lasting impression on me and I use the inspiration in my stories about my culture.

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