Welcome Debra Zannelli
Debra Zannelli is a retired teacher assistant and a graduate of Mitchell College. She was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. For eighteen years she lived in Salem, Connecticut and worked in Norwich at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. She enjoys hiking and sings in the local community chorus.
Her next book, Sister World 3, should be completed before the holiday season.
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Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?
I was a lonely child and spent much of my time living in the worlds I made up. The more I read, the more I grew to love words. Their power and ability to inspire gave me a lot to think about. Words took me to places I never dreamed I would go.
Describe your desk / writing space.
I’ve taken over my son’s bedroom. It has an attached study and built-in bookcases thanks to a talented husband. I have large windows I lookout of when writing. Of course I have since covered every flat surface with research and books-mine and many other authors.
Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?
I try to get writing no later than 2:00 on weekdays. If I manage to get writing before I smile a lot.
How do you come up with the title to your books? I usually use the basic concept to inspire me. With the sister world series I wanted to make certain the concept of strong women would be brought to the front of the book.
What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?
The hardest scene I had to write was at the end of one of my books when I was trying to explain a relationship between a father and a son I’ve revoted three or four times finally getting the feeling I had between a father and her daughter down and that was the hardest thing my favorite scene to write was when Maddie one of my characters first met the man she was to fall in love with and the way she felt when she looked into his eyes it was like the way I felt when I looked into my husbands.
What inspired your book/series? Darkness and Light is inspired by my deep-seated beliefs of how the human spirit can lift itself up beyond the circumstances life and others force upon us. We cannot control all the events in our lives. We can control our responses. Working with children you quickly learn our childhood experiences have a great effect on how we choose to live out life.
What are you working on next?
I’m presently revising Dark Night of the Soul. Over time and with more experience I have become a better writer. My characters, content and concepts are not changing, I only hope to make it a better read.
What authors or books have influenced your writing?
First and foremost will always be A Tale of Two Cities. There’s Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth and MM Kaye’s The Far Pavillion. I was also inspired by Carl Sagan. His works filled with fact brought about my love of researching the topics I write about.
If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?
I think I would stay in Rhode Island, but with each year becoming more sensitive to cold, the Mayan Riviera sounds better each year.
What is your favorite meal?
Can I say ice cream? I love Chicken Korma – Indian food.
Describe yourself in three words. Caring smart bookish