Here’s a little treat for my readers. I have the privilege to be friends with some amazing awesome cool people. Some of which happen to be authors, a few that I’ve hosted on here in the past and given some interviews. My guest today is the amazing Desiree’ DeOrto. AKA Confetti Queen, AKA Wonder Woman.
One of the many things I love about Desiree’ is her tenacity. Relentless pursuit of her dreams – I could stand to learn a thing or two from this remarkable lady!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little studio. I just have to say, I am very impressed with her book trailer. I’ve seen some book trailers that are really good and many that suck. If the trailer has the desired effect on me to want to read the book, then I call it a good trailer. If it makes me want to read it NOW it’s a fantastic trailer. If it leaves me asking questions as to what is this story really about – eh, not so much.
I had a link in yesterday’s post, but here it is again.
Please welcome Ms Desiree DeOrto!
We have got to get together for lunch or a day out or something! Perhaps a road trip is in my near future! At least Penned Con, right? So these questions are relating back to my creative series. ( Go check them out if you haven’t already!)
Alright, on to the questions.
Do you consider yourself a creative?
Um, yes? lol
What media do you use to express this?
I enjoy expressing myself through basically everything. I create custom art, sing, and write, not to mention I’m addicted to arts and crafts. There’s just something extremely satisfying through expressing yourself and creating something beautiful at the same time.
What inspires you? Discuss a specific time that inspiration struck.
Really what inspires me is my own, often uncontrollable, emotions, as well as people. To me, the two interact hand-in-hand, though with being manic-depressive the emotions tend to be effected more than normal people. Whenever I feel depression hitting, I always grab a canvas or a sketch pad, and release my demons onto it.
Do you ever struggle for inspiration?
Sometimes. I’m a procrastinator, so whenever I’m not in the ‘mood’, I do anything to get out of what I need to do lol. But once I hop into it and get going, the block usually goes away. Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth in the beginning though.
Which is more daunting, beginning or the perseverance to finish, or cutting the “umbilical cord”?
By the time I’m finished with my projects, I’m so fed up that I’m tempted to burn them, so cutting the umbilical is really easy for me. Getting going is usually great, because I’m so overwhelmed with enthusiasm. The push to the finish can be the hard part, because that’s when I tend to procrastinate the most lol.
I guess this is an area that I really need to work on, I have the enthusiasm but after writing out my outline it’s like the closer I get to the end, the harder it is to wrap. It’s like I panic and think I’ve left out some major details.
Describe your process from inception of idea to conclusion of your work.
Oh geesh. Um, I’ll get struck by an idea for a book, or an overwhelming urge to create something. I’ll be incredibly enthusiastic and attack it, all the while my mind is screaming how awesome and brilliant it is. About a fourth of the way through it, enthusiasm dies, and I’m questioning myself. That’s usually when I start sending people my progress and getting their enthusiasm, which in turn makes me enthusiastic again. That goes on for the remainder of the work, until I get towards the end. By then, I’m so possessed by whatever I’m doing that I finish it without even realizing it. When it comes to my books, at the end of the MS I’m on cloud nine, until editing starts. By the end of editing, I’m so fed up with looking at it that I want to throw my computer lol.
Of the characteristics of a creative, which category most describes you? Which one least fits you?
Umm I guess Time bandit would be the one that fits me the best, with Entrepreneurial Spirit being the least, though when I went through the list, they were all equal in traits that I do have, so in all honesty I’d have to say that there isn’t one that doesn’t fit me the best, because they all do.
Do you struggle with discouragement, distractions, or lack of motivation?
Oh yes, all the time. That’s why I depend on my close group of people who keep me going. I call them my cheerleaders, and they do just that lol.
How do you fund your lifestyle, and how would you describe your lifestyle?
Lol by working my butt off. I run four businesses and also have a night shift factory job. It’s extremely difficult to hold onto, but I believe that the pay off will be worth it. I would describe my lifestyle as utter madness! Seriously, I don’t know how I do it, and wouldn’t wish this on anyone.
Tell me about two of your works that you are most proud of.
Eh, I’d have to say my first book that I ever published, The Prophecy, is the one thing I’m most proud of. The reason for that is because for 26 years, I only thought of myself as others judged me to be. All my life, I was never ‘me’, I was Susie’s daughter, Dave’s daughter, etc. Only expected to be a waste of space, and to do absolutely nothing with my life. Finishing The Prophecy broke through that, making it known that I wasn’t a waste of space. That I was me, and that my voice would be heard.
In that moment, I was petrified, because if I wasn’t what everyone expected me to be, then who was I? Through my writing, my journey, and the pain that I have faced and risen above, I’ve started to figure it out.
Give me a brief bio about yourself, what you want readers to know, and where they can find you and your work.
I’m Desiree, often known as the Confetti Queen. I’m a mother of four adorable little hellions, and whenever I’m not stopping toddler WWIII I’m usually found throwing confetti, generating madness, or creating believable characters in messed up situations.
You can find my books on Amazon and B&N, and can also find me on Facebook. I love talking to my readers! (See links below)
What life titles do you hold?
Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Artist, Graphic Designer, Author, Confetti Queen.
What piece of advice would you offer other creative?
Never give up. Each experience you go through, whether good or bad, can lead you to push yourself forward, constantly broadening not only your mind, but your art. Always push forward, always look for the best in each situation, and never lose hope.
That is very similar to the advice that Ryan Nelson gave. Have you ever jotted down your idea on a napkin, torn bag, wrapper, or sketched a quick drawing of an item on any of the above?
Yes! I find that my receipts I just shove into my purse can prove useful in all situations, as long as I can remember to keep a pen or a pencil on me!
What inspired Generation X: The Rising?
My step-father, Bill, always believed in Aliens. No joke, he believed in Area 51, that the government hid things from us, and also believed in bigfoot. He was eccentric, hilarious, and my best friend. He always used to say, ‘there has to be intelligent life out ther, becuase there isn’t enough on this planet.’ lol. A part of his theories always stuck with me, and even to this day when I see something in the night sky, I’ll look up and think: ‘is that one of your aliens, dad?’ So while I was researching for another book, I stumbled across H.P. Lovecrafts ideals, and it automatically kicked my dads thoughts to the front, so I started writing, and GenX was born.
Alright a bit of fun now, you’ll have to think fast. Fast & Furious, without Vinn Diesel or Paul Walker. I know sorry. But hey, we can look at their pictures. OK, first answer that pops into your head. Ready?
- favorite drink: Favorite drink is coke, hands down lol
- favorite snack while writing: hershey’s kisses with almonds or sweet and hot beef jerky
- favorite celebration meal: I don’t go out for celebratory dinners. Really, I don’t. Generally whenever I get a book done, I have a euphoric, proud moment… then get right back to work.
- what music do you listen to while writing: I’m weird. I’ll be the first to admit it. On my writing playlist (yes, I have one) there’s Allanis Morrisette, The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, anime music, Godsmack, In This Moment, etc. I like all genres, except for country and some rap, so I just get all my favorite songs in one spot, set my playlist on shuffle, and start writing.
- name 2 foods you can’t stand: Saurkraut and spinach.
- funniest moment online: I have no idea lol. I’m sure if you asked other people involving my antics online, they could pick a couple of good ones out for you.
- best day in the past year: umm…. the day I got a message from someone I didn’t know at all. She follows me on facebook, and she messaged me to thank me for being who I am, and because of that, it gave her the strength to be who she is.
There you have it folks, the down and dirty on Desiree. Isn’t she a great sport to play FAST & Furious with me? Go check out her books! I just finished the first one and it’s AWESOME!
The Prophecy (Divinity Stone book 1)
The people of Shiloh, Virginia thought it was just a story. A legend to keep children from misbehaving. A challenge to prove you have courage.
What they didn’t know was that it was real.
All of it was real.
When Starlette McKinley moved from the sparkling lights of LA to the sleepy town of Shiloh, she didn’t know that she would be the catalyst. She didn’t know that the rage and energy pulsing through her would be the key to unleashing an insurmountable power that would either be the saving of mankind, or its destruction.
The blood will run, and the prophecy will be revealed. But will she be able to overcome the insurmountable odds? Or will she succumb to the energy within, welcoming the darkness that has become her only friend.
WARNING: Rated 17+ due to language and sexual content
Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7048177.Desiree_DeOrto
Facebook Author: http://facebook.com/AuthorDesireeDeOrto
- The Divine (Divinity Stone book 2)
The legend has become reality, even if the people of Shiloh, Virginia don’t know it yet.
Starlette McKinley had moved across the US only to find that the darkness raging inside of her wasn’t something of her own creation. It wasn’t something that could be medically treated by psychiatrists or any type of medication. The darkness was her power, and it was going to stay.
When she accepts that the greatest threat of all lies within herself, she will have to choose: Push away all those that she loves in order to keep them safe, or keep them near and witness their deaths.
Only through the help of The Divine will she be able to face what is to come. But at what cost? What sacrifice will The Divine demand as payment?
A Stroke of Luck
The Elder Race was a story told around campfires. Aliens, monsters, mad men. Those who believed were called insane, but they were right. They came from space, the seas, and below the earth. Turns out they were waiting, patiently waiting all this time. For what, no one knew, until now. They’re coming for what they think is rightfully theirs, the half-breeds that are part human, part Elder.
Once The Rising began, those who were different were gathered. Separated from the life they knew, those they loved, and moved into camps where they were tested and given the choice. But for Elizabeth, there was no choice at all. They meant to make super soldiers out of them. What they discovered instead was something that no one ever expected.
Sometimes monsters aren’t the things you can’t see, but rather, they’re the weapons of your own creation. When you’re part Elder, and part human, it’s hard to see which side of you is the true hero, and which side is the monster. Everything Elizabeth thought she knew about herself and the world around her is changing, but will she be able to get through The Rising alive? Or will she become what the Government wants her to be: The ultimate weapon.