Donna Galanti's Blog: Donna Galanti
October 7, 2018
Look at these awesome new cover reveals for the Lightning Road series! To celebrate I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card at the end of this post PLUS get the first e-book in the series, Joshua and the Lightning Road, on sale now through October 15th for just $0.99 cents! All of these wonderful book […]
November 22, 2017
This was the first autumn in years I didn't cook my pumpkins. And without pumpkins there's no fresh pumpkin pie. This year there would be no orange pulp to cook, puree, and squeeze through cheese cloth. No dough rolled out from my mother's worn, wooden rolling pin. No flour dotted pages to turn on the warped old cook book (the one I didn't need anymore as I knew the recipe by heart). It was the first cook book I ever had. The one given to me from my mother to make my first kitch...
November 12, 2017
As middle grade writers, we find joy in putting ourselves into the young characters we write about. One way I love to do this is re-visit pictures of myself as a kid. I stare at them, sifting through specific memories connected to that photo. What was I excited about? What did I most want? What made me sad? What made me happy? What was my biggest worry? Then I journal in that moment, bringing in all the details on the edge of that photo and just out of reach. Often the details o...
November 6, 2017
For all of you awesome writers here (and friends and family of writers), today is the day that I have to share that the project I've been working on for so long is LIVE! My FREE 3-part video training series on building author platform. If you're a first-time author or are seeking publication with your first novel, sign up to check it out HERE: https://www.yourawesomeauthorlife.com... Some of you may be on my sign up list already and I hope you've been enjoying...
October 18, 2017
October 16, 2017
I'm super excited to share my review of book two in the Fairday Morrow series, Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library, by the talented authors, Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson. It's comes out October 23rd but you can pre-order it here. I've been waiting for this book ever since I fell in love with book one, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow! Read my 5-star review of that here. PLUS, I'm giving away one print advanced reader copy of Fairday and the Talking Library! Just comm...
September 22, 2017
We all have to let go eventually. Sometimes it’s letting go of a friendship. A husband. A career. A child. A parent. The toxic friend who suffocates you and puts you down. The husband who can’t commit. The career that stresses you out. The child who needs to learn from his own mistakes. The parent who dies. Or letting go of the parts of your book you’re writing that work–until they don’t work anymore. Some people call it “killing your darlings” like William Faulkner noted. He sa...
September 19, 2017
Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible. When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in t...
September 11, 2017
It’s hard to believe 9/11 was sixteen years ago. I got married the same month. Now I am reliving it with my son through footage. As the second plane crashed. As the first tower fell. Then the second. The Pentagon. The plane in a Pennsylvania field. The heroes. The dead. The shock rushing back into me as I sat home all day glued to the t.v. thinking the world had gone mad. My son wanted to know how we felt watching it unfold. I could not find the words to explain how I felt. Read...
June 30, 2017
I’ve loved John Grisham a long time. Over 25 years. He came into my turbulent life with The Firm. I stayed up all night reading it, my heart racing and on the run with Mitch McDeere. I didn’t want the story to end and return to my uncertain life. In John Grisham’s stories, the characters were pushed into uncertainty. But, unlike me, they always found their way. I, too, was seeking answers after failing out of college (panic attacks hinder getting to class!), a failed marriage, a...