Interview with Donna Migliaccio!



With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred.

With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love.  With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna.  But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred.  The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.


  1. What inspired the Gemeta Stone Series?

As oogedy-boogedy as it sounds, the inspiration for the series’ main character came from a dream I had when I was in high school. I dreamed his appearance and his surroundings and even his name: Kristan Gemeta.

  1. What is the hardest part of writing Fiskur?

I was SO mean to my characters in this book. Every one of them suffers in one way or another – the bad guys included. I sometimes felt guilty about it, but only sometimes. 😉

  1. If you are going to name a place that inspired Fiskur, what place would it be and why?

There are so many locales and so much journeying in FISKUR that it’s hard to settle in one place. However, I grew up an army brat, which meant a lot of traveling and the uncertainty that comes with it. I think it’s fair to say that an open road, with an unfamiliar destination at the end, is as close to a single place as I can get.

  1. What could be the anxieties, struggles, and hesitations of a writer?

My main bugbear is an unwillingness to let go of the piece – of always wondering if I can somehow make it better. I love the editing process; love making my prose just as tight and vivid as I can. I almost have to force myself to step back, lift my hands and say, “That’s it. I’m done.”

  1. If you are going to give your 10-year-old self an advice about life, what advice would you give?

Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. If you want to be able to succeed at something, you must put in the hours to learn and practice your craft. Don’t worry if you’re not brilliant right away. You’ll learn.

  1. Given a chance to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be? Where will you go on your date? Why did you choose that character or person?

This is going to sound so corny and boring, but the only person I want to date right now is my husband. I just got back from nine months in NYC, where I was doing a Broadway show. I really missed being with him when I was gone. We’d probably just go to our favorite lunch spot and talk about boring, normal things. In FISKUR, this return to normalcy is what Kristan craves most.

  1. Was it your dream to become a writer? If you were not a writer today, what would your career path be?

I always wanted to be a writer, and I got my degree in journalism thinking that’s what I’d do with my life. I did it for a while but ended up backing into acting. It was something I did for fun initially but then found out people would actually pay me to do it. Acting is still my bread and butter, and I love it. But writing is my first love.

  1. If there is one thing that you could teach the world, what lesson would you teach us?

Be kind.

  1. Random Question: Top 5 favorite reads!

This year alone, I read approximately seventy books. Of those, my five favorites were: George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Monica Hesse’s American Fire: Love, Arson & Life in a Vanishing Land, Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown, E.L. Doctorow’s Welcome to Hard Times and Douglas Starr’s The Killer of Little Shepherds.

If you’re talking about top 5 favorite reads of my life: well, that list is ever-changing and never-ending.

  1. What is your favorite quote from your book and why did you choose this quote?

“Memories seed at will, whether you want them or not.” The speaker is comparing a mind to a garden, and how you can’t always control what takes root there. I chose it because the theme of memory is going to be important in the next books in The Gemeta Stone series.


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DMDonna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres.  She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker.  Her award-winning short story, “Yaa & The Coffins,” was featured in Thinkerbeat’s 2015 anthology The Art of Losing.

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