Welcome to Author Laura DeLuca
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coffee Heath Toffee Crunch
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Stuff French Toast with Strawberries
Night owl, or early bird?
Right now, I am an early bird because I have a baby that gets me up at 5am, but someday I will be a night owl again.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
While Phantom started out as a stand alone novel, my publisher and I have decided to make it a series. The next two books in the Dark Musicals Trilogy will be Demon, inspired by Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hyde, inspired by the musical version of Jekyll and Hyde.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
The Mists of Avalon. I love the peaceful life of the priestesses on Avalon. When I’m reading the books in the Avalon series, I feel like I’ve been there before in another life.
What is your dream cast for your book?
You can see my cast picks for Phantom here: http://authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com/2012/05/cast-of-phantom.html
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Anne of Green Gables
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The Phantom of the Opera , of course!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would love to move to Ireland someday.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I love Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my young adult idols are Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
You’ll have to read Phantom to find that out.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A dove—that is actually one of my totem animals.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Well, they are cancelled now, but I was always a little embarrassed to admit I was a closet soap opera fan. I used to watch One Life to Live and All My Children.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Christopher Pike for sure!
Phantom by Laura DeLuca
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.
Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.
Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.