Walker Author Tours Presents….
Spin the Plate, by Donna Anastasi
Virtual Book Tour
Two More Weeks Added!
Donna has added two more weeks to her tour…see below!
A tattoo artist by day, Jo roams the streets of Boston at night to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring a secret of his own, is the one person Jo can’t seem to scare off.
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Spin the Plate, originally written as a short story, is now a novel!
One October morning in 2008 as Donna Anastasi was driving the 65 mile daily commute across the width of Southern New Hampshire, she was (as C.S. Lewis once put it) struck by an idea. A childhood flashback, a woman named Jo, Jo’s story, and all those who influenced it came in crashing waves, demanding to be written. The result was a 30 something page story, largely written during every conceivable free minute over the next two weeks time; this work was recently self-published as Spin the Plate Short Story and is offered free on iTunes, Sony, Kindle, B&N Book Nooks, and Kobo.
Donna Anastasi is the author of two non-fiction small animal books both published by Bowtie press: a popular how to care for gerbils book and a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats. Spin the Plate is Anastasi’s debut novel, written in the 18 mo
nths after the initial story was penned.
One way Anastasi expanded the story into novel-length was using what she terms a “mosaic” approach. She’d ask a person who had had experienced or was an expert in an area needed for the
book to write down their own story as if they were telling it to someone else. Then Anastasi would insert the book characters, Jo and Francis, into the scene. Other invaluable resources were Google and her husband, a playwright/Boston University Professor. In addition to keeping the dialog real, he is the inspiration behind the line in the
book: “Jo wondered how any person could retain so much useless trivia.”
“Donna Anastasi’s debut fiction novel, Spin the Plate, takes the life of one incest survivor and spins the outcome for her in a beautiful, redemptive way.” –The Character Therapist
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Spin the Plate Tour Stops (all dates 2011):
We have one more fun week of tour dates for Spin the Plate. Enjoy, and thanks for joining us!
December 16–Review by Vicki at I’d Rather be at the Beach
December 17–Guest post on A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book
December 18–Review by Lindsey at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde
December 19–Guest post on Michy’s Book Reviews
December 20–Review by Sandy at Whispering Winds Book Reviews
October 3: Blog interview with Jennifer Walker
October 5: Book review by Kristi Herbrand of Books and Needlepoint
October 6: Book Review at Joan of Shark
October 7: Guest post at Reader Girls
October 8: Book review by Michelle Devon
November 16–Review by Laurie at Reader Girls
November 16–My Story Interview at Pod People
November 18–Review by Kelly at I Work For Books
November 19–Interview with Michelle L. Devon
“Strong emotions will sweep you through this story!” – P. Marlowe “Voracious Mystery Man”
Spin the Plate Synopsis:
Winner of 2011 Gold Medal in Women’s Fiction, Living Now Book Awards – “Spin the Plate” is the story of Jo, a woman who has come through a traumatic childhood, not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston at night to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring a secret of his own, is the one person Jo can’t seem to scare off. Right from the start, he sees clearly the caring soul buried deep within Jo’s hard exterior and puts into motion a succession of life-altering happenings.
It’s hard to think of another book that features characters as unique as Jo and Francis. Yet Donna Anastasi places them so convincingly in the world we know that it makes you take a fresh look at the people you pass on the street and wonder about what back story they may be hiding. Every character in this book, including the minor ones, has a distinct personality and practically jumps off the page into your world.
It’s also a story of an amazing personal transformation for a woman who seemed to have built the walls around herself so high that no one could ever bring them down, neither with violence nor with kindness. Yet deep inside Jo’s hard exterior there is a caring soul, and it is this soul that eventually, inevitably, is touched by the one power that can overcome any obstacle: love. First the love returned by the animals she rescues, then the love of a man, Francis, and finally, God’s love, breaches Jo’s defenses and heals her. It is a beautiful story of love turning a person away from what seemed like a bad path.
Donna recommends…Writing About Controversial Topics by Lynda M. Martin & Giveaway