Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

Welcome to Author Danette Vigilante!


Danette Vigilante grew up in a Brooklyn housing project in New York City. She has two children, one husband, a sweet Yorkshire Terrier and a cat with a really bad attitude. THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON is her first novel. Her second is to follow in 2012.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely to the past. I’d love to meet some of my ancestors.

What is one book everyone should read?
The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate. Believe it or not, I’m new to being a lover of chocolate. And, I’ll tell you a secret. Would you believe that I used to think some things were just ‘too chocolaty?’ Yeah, I KNOW!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I would have to say, Jesus.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I get stuck on things. Right now, it’s Special K Strawberry cereal.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird.

One food you would never eat?
I’ll name two. Brains & tongue.

Pet Peeves?
When someone knocks something to the floor in a store and leaves it! Ugh!

Skittles or M&Ms?

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I think you should read my book because it is a story of faith and how one small, brave good deed could be powerful enough to go a long, long way.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My next book, also middle grade, comes out sometime in 2012. My future goal is simply to keep moving and growing.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing my book on a library shelf!

What is your dream cast for your book?
I don’t have them all picked out but I’d have to grab Whoopi Goldberg for Miss Shirley. She IS Miss Shirley! As for the abusive mom, I’d HAVE to go with Tasha Smith. I’ve seen her in some of Tyler Perry’s movies and I think she’d be perfect (not that she’s mean in real life!).

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The one that sticks out in my head is Blubber by Judy Blume. I remember not being able to put it down.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Not a particular song but since I wrote the entire draft to TROUBLE while listening to Alicia Keys, I’d have to have her come up with one.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
If you are lucky enough to receive a detailed rejection, study it and learn from it. Then, put what you learned to use and never give up!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Someplace warm!

What is your favorite Quote?
I actually have two. The first is from Ernest Hemingway: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” The second is from Will Smith: “The Mastery of Self-Doubt is the Key to Success.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?A mom, an archaeologist and a writer.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Haven’t heard of any movies yet but I’m looking forward to reading, Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

My mom calls me Nettie.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?

What do you do in your free time?
Read or write.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Giving it Your All (Except when doing laundry)

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
With family and champagne!

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Sometimes, when I’m flipping channels, I’ll come across *whispers* Family Guy. Sometimes, I laugh against my will. I love Stewie.

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The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
Thirteen year old Dellie lives with the guilt that her little brother’s death was her fault. Her mother cries all the time and because she wants Dellie to stay safe, she keeps her inside as much as she can. It doesn’t matter that Dellie longs to go outside to be like other girls or that there’s a boy she likes and he likes her too. All that matters to her mother is that she’s safe at home. So, Dellie has no choice but to watch the world of her housing project through her second story window.

Things start to change soon after new neighbors move in on the first floor. Trouble like this has never happened in Dellie’s building before. Now there are men fighting on the stoop, gunshots echoing through the night and Corey, a hungry and abused five year old boy knocking on her door looking for something to eat. Corey reminds Dellie of her brother and even though their friendship is dangerous, she wonders if this time, she’ll be able to do what needs to be done. Will she be able to save Corey?

Book Giveaway:
1 copy of Trouble with Half a Moon
Open to US only
Ends 3/23

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