Author: Toni de Palma
When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil's sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.
While Cooper figures out his mission, he's thrown into the life he's always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend who can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn't watch out.
While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what's keeping him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.
Published February 15th 2013.
As part of the blog tour, I'm interviewing the author, Toni, with a book-centric theme. Reading through these questions will allow you to better understand what the book is about and decide whether it is something you will like to read!
Describe your book to us in a sentence.
Seventeen year old Cooper gets another chance at heaven when Lucy, the Devil's sister, sends him back to life to meet a girl named Grace, with whom he shares a past.
Tell the readers, why should we read your book?
Aside from being a paranormal YA, The Devil's Triangle is really funny.
How did you come up with the title, "The Devil's Triangle"? Here comes a question that is burning in all our minds: Does the title hint at a love triangle?
Without giving away too much of the plot, there is a love triangle of sorts. And that's all I'm gonna say about that :)
What is one song that can best represent the central theme/relationship in THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE?
When I was writing this book, Train's song Drive-By was popular and it seemed to fit Cooper a lot.
Which character did you have the most fun writing?
Cooper has some great one liners, but Lucy is saucy and naughty. She was a lot of fun to write.
A peek into the characters' lives: Describe to us the content in Lucy, Grace and Cooper's wallets/purses & the secrets within ;)
Grace's purse is tidy. She has her cellphone with her at all times so Blake, her boyfriend, can call on demand. She has tissues for crying and cover-up for...well, you'll see. Lucy has a hotel keycard probably from one wild night in Vegas and some guy's phone number whose name doesn't ring a bell. Cooper's wallet is filled with family photos of people he doesn't recognize and a condom, he's seriously hoping he will finally get to use.
That's funny :) I guess Grace has some serious issues that she has to deal with!
Three interesting facts about yourself.
I was born in Brooklyn. I speak Italian. I lived in the Italian house at college where I was cast as Dante Alghieri in Dante's Inferno (I had to wear a prosthetic nose for the part).
Favourite book(s), genre(s), song(s) and film(s).
Too many books to list and I read all types of fiction. I just read a middle grade novel by Rebecca Stead that I loved. I love films and talking about film with my son who is a filmmaker. My favorite this season was Silver Linings Playbook. I got to see it at its opening in New York and Bradley Cooper and Robert Diniro were in the audience. It was very cool.
What are some of your favourite book covers?
I like clean-lined, photographic covers so I really like mine. My publisher, Crescent Moon Press, does some awesome covers.
If you could travel back or forward in time to any historical era, where would you go?
My dad lived in Italy during World War II and he often talked about that. It was a difficult period, but I'd be curious to experience it for one day.
If you could rewrite the ending to any novel, what book would you choose and how would you choose to write it?
A writer writes what they feel so I wouldn't ever change their vision.
Would you rather be the angel or the devil? :)
I am SOOOO ready to be a devil :) Though, according to my mother, when I was five I was pretty devilish. That year, I kicked a priest and put gum in my aunt's hair while she was sleeping. I'm better now. They won't admit it, but maybe they performed an exorcism on me!
Anything you want to say to all the aspiring writers out there!
Each writer has a devil inside of him or her. That devil is the evil censor who tells them they're not good enough. Tell your devil to put a cork in it and keep writing.
THIS or THAT
Bad boys or nice guys? Bad boy for the short term. Nice boys for the long haul.
Action movies or chick flicks? Neither. I like foreign films, indies and some sci fi
Heels or sneakers? Sneaks
Thai food or Chinese food? I've had a lot of bad Chinese food, so definitely Thai.
Thank you, Toni, for the great interview!
I like how this book is about the devil and the love triangle is pretty obvious (judging from the cover).
What do you think about the cover?