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Author Interview: 10 Questions With Dana Pratola

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Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted over a year ago. Some of the information may have been updated from that interview.

Our interview today is with Dana Pratola. Thank you Dana for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: Well, I’m a Christian, love romance and believe that the supernatural world is as real as this one, and would like to show that through my work.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I clean my house for personal satisfaction, lol. For enjoyment, I watch movies – mostly old (pre-1970). I love musicals. But I LOVE the new Star Trek movies and am hoping for many more 😀 Outdoors, I love to walk in the woods with my husband Robert, and on special occasions I go horseback riding.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: Thank God for Beta Readers! When the book is almost done I send it out to several people, but I have two or three close friends that edit for me, and starting with this book, Suzanne D. Williams did my cover. What a blessing she is, and a talented writer as well as cover designer and photographer.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Sebastian is the 2nd in the DESCENDED series, about a womanizing angelic with the power to read emotions (among others). He meets Natalie, a former stripper, who launches him into a dangerous situation that escalates from saving a friend’s life, to trying to rescue a bus load of under-age girls from a fate worse than death – sexual slavery.
Naturally, the MCs are hot, and attracted to one another, but they have a lot of internal issues to accept and work through before they can consider getting involved. Example: He’s a tramp and she’s taken a vow of celibacy 😉



Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I didn’t know this would be the case when I first started writing, but my message in each book has been consistent – God isn’t mad at us and we don’t have to get our act together before we go to Him, He wants us NOW, just as we are, and He’ll work the rest out. He has a plan for everyone, so He can certainly handle our situation, whatever it is.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I’ve always wanted to visit Italy and Ireland. I know they’re beautiful (can’t fake that many postcards, lol), but they seem ethereal, magical, like when you’re there, there is only a thin veil between the past and present, between reality and fantasy.

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: I’m amazed by both good and bad things. Every day I see or hear something that makes me say, wow, God is awesome. Then there are those times I’m amazed by how mean people can be. I can’t conceive of a mind that would purposely hurt a child, or an animal. And then I think, thank God I can’t connect with someone like that. Makes me feel better about myself.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: UGH! This last book (Sebastian) has run me through the wringer, lol. I’ve never faced more road-blocks and obstacles to getting a book finished. This time I’m going to go into it more prayerfully and be more diligent with my time.



Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I’m working on several but the two I’m mainly focusing on is one for my publisher – as yet untitled, and the other is DESCENDED~Aaro, book three in the series. Can’t wait to get deeper into the story and see what happens!

(Editors’ Note: To read the book release of AARO go here http://goo.gl/597PJn )

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I have a line of heroes waiting to meet their heroines, LOL. So many story lines and different types of characters to create and weave. It’s a very exciting time for me.


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REVIEWS: Sebastian doesn’t have any yet 🙁

DESCENDED`Jett – ***** I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I soon learned that Ms. Pratola’s story was going to keep me coming back for more. I truly had important things to do, but instead, kept picking up my phone to read “just one more chapter.” The romance between Jett and Haven was pretty intense and sparks were flying hot and heavy between them. The side story of Jett’s war against white slavery sets the tone a little darker than most romances but was definitely intriguing as he fought physical battles against evil men, mental battles with himself, and a spiritual battle with God. I don’t want to give anything away but I wouldn’t mind my husband having one or two of his special powers:)

THE COVERING – ***** Just finished “The Covering” and was blown away. Couldn’t put it down. This story has some of the most well-handled sexual tension I’ve ever read in a Christian novel. The characters are realistic and you feel their emotions as they struggle through their journey. I can’t wait to read Dana’s next book.

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About the Author:

Dana Pratola


God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.

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Book Spotlight: Decended: Aaro by Dana Pratola

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Book 3 of the Decended Series AARO releases on New Years Day!

Decended: Aaro

A bit about AARO which releases on January 1st!!

AARO is the third book in the 4-part DESCENDED series. Aaro Highlander, like his “brothers,” is a special breed—not quite angel, not quite human—with spectacular gifts, deep running passions and strength of character that makes him the ideal man for our heroine, Darcy.

This part of the journey reveals prophetic secrets unknown to the other men (Jett & Sebastian) until now. While searching for a serial killer, they also await the discovery of the fourth of their kind to come together for a greater purpose.


George didn’t bother to conceal his irritation when Aaro approached. He crumpled his napkin and dropped it next to his plate. “You’re food isn’t ready yet?”

Oh, how Aaro loved arrogant blow-hards. He grinned, and pulled out an empty chair. “No. So I’ll just sit with you guys for a minute. You don’t mind, right?” he asked George, then turned to Darcy.

He caught the quick snicker she tried to mask with a delicate cough and a sip of iced tea. She was something. Reaching onto her plate, Aaro stole an olive. He didn’t like olives, but it served to move her eyes to his face where he could send her a not-so-subtle wink.

George made a show of tugging up the sleeve of his Armani shirt to look at his three thousand dollar watch, even though there was a wall clock mounted less than five feet away.

“You have to get back to work,” he said, signaling their waiter for the check.

Aaro took Darcy’s hand, rubbing her wrist with his thumb. Her breath caught, an action that was mimicked by her pulse under his touch. “Do you have to leave so soon?”

She nodded, dumbly, as the waiter set down the leather check folder, thanked them for coming, and strode away. George stood, pulled a money clip from his pocket and slapped down a wad of cash, without seeming to count it.

“In that case, let me say goodbye,” Aaro said.

He leaned from his chair to hers, sliding his hand beneath her sleek ponytail and behind her neck, gently pulling her toward his waiting mouth.

The touch of her warm, flavorful lips had him pressing closer, flexing his fingers against the smoothness of her neck, resisting the desire to slide his hand down her back or to open her mouth to his probing tongue.

He’d thought he knew what he was doing. He’d meant for it to be a sweet peck on the lips, just a harmless show—

No he hadn’t. He’d meant it to be hot and searing, meant it to put that pansy, George, in his place and let him know he would never kiss Darcy like this, never evoke the response she was giving now. Only he didn’t expect his own response to be quite so urgent. Didn’t expect it to induce visions of clearing the table off with one swipe and taking her there in a crowded restaurant.

And he certainly didn’t expect the absolute silence when he reined himself in enough to back slowly away, brushing his thumb over her flushed cheek. Darcy’s eyes shimmered with heat, her breath coming in shallow gasps as she reached for her drink.

But, George didn’t give her time to sip. Moving around Aaro’s still recovering form, he took Darcy by the hand and shuffled her outside.

Aaro sat there a few more seconds, working out in his own mind what just happened. He felt…possessive. What was that about? He swallowed, hard, and looked around. Every eye in the place was focused on him, including Kate’s, her cheeks deep pink as she fanned a white cloth in front of her face.

Embarrassed, he tried a half smile as he walked back to the counter. He’d never been out of control in public before.

“So, that steak done?”

Kate chuckled. “Yes. And it’s on the house.”


Dana Pratola

So, here’s the gist of who I am: Christian first (don’t run away, I don’t write bland, “holy roller” books), Wife, Mother and Writer. Sometimes the order shuffles or I add/remove Advisor, Chef, Companion as situations change, but that’s generally me.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, and aside from three children, I have two dogs and several grand-pups. I refer to writing as blissful agony, but while writing is work, I love it more than anything. That said, I LOVE every reader who spends time in one of my books. I pray you’ll enjoy reading each page as much as I enjoyed writing them <3


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