Today I am hosting Caroline Giammanco, non-fiction author, and teacher, on my blog. Caroline hails from Missouri where she is a classroom English teacher at the local high school.
Tell us about the titles you are promoting and their descriptions:
Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit – A bank robbing spree in St. Louis garners national attention in 2007-2009. This nonfiction inside look into our criminal justice system tells how an independent stock options trader, a single father of twins, became known as “St. Louis’s most notorious bank robber.” He’s also my husband.
Guilty Hearts: The World of Prison Romances – Why would any woman love an inmate? Delve into the lives of eleven different inmate families and couples to find out what keeps them together—and why your life may depend upon the health of those relationships.
Caroline’s books are published by: W & B Publishers
Her current work in progress: I am finishing my third manuscript entitled Inside the Death Fences: Memoirs of a Whistleblower. This autobiographical work follows me from my life as the daughter of a deputy sheriff to becoming a whistleblower in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
I asked her favorite quote and her answer was: “The good news is we will all have high schools named after us.” This quote comes from the movie Deep Impact when the shuttle crew realizes they will have to sacrifice themselves to save earth. As a school teacher, this one always strikes a chord.
Who is the author who inspires you the most and why: There are so many to choose from, so this is a tricky question. My two favorite books are The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird, so I would say Fitzgerald and Lee are tied. They make the readers face distressful situations, none of which are completely satisfied in the end.
If stranded on an island, what book would you want with you? I would want to have Gone with the Wind with me. It is long and has a great deal of subtext within it, so it would occupy my time and my mind.
What book is on your bedside table right now? Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. It tracks the history of the War on Drugs.
Tell us three fascinating things about you:
1) I am a country girl at heart and would live in the middle of the woods in a cabin if I had a choice.
2) As I alluded to earlier, I am a middle-class, professional educator whose husband happens to be in prison for a high-profile crime spree. Life is full of unexpected twists.
3) I have no fear of public speaking. I could speak in front of a stadium full of people and not even wince. Do not ask me to sing, though.
What would be your ideal workspace? My ideal work space would be an upstairs den in a cabin or cottage in the woods. I’d have a comfy chair and face out a window looking at the peaceful countryside. In reality, I do most of my writing propped up in bed in my single-story house in town. A girl can dream, though.
What is your advice for other authors: Don’t be afraid to speak the truth and be relatable to your readers. If you can get them to care about your topic and to consider you credible in their hearts and minds, you will gain loyal fans.
Tell us where to find you and your books: Readers can find me at the following:
@ GiammancoBook on Twitter
Trailers for my books:
Caroline’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Check her out! Remember books make great Christmas presents, and as always, if you love it, leave a review. Authors love reviews.
Thank you, Caroline, for guesting on my blog today. Good luck with your books and keep in touch.