Author name: Deanna Altomara
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Science Fiction
Books: Ageless, Pi
Bio: Fascinated by reading and writing from a young age, Deanna Altomara has dreamed of publishing her own novel since the fourth grade. She is the published author of two middle-grade fantasy novels, Ageless and Pi. While she is working on a sequel to Pi, she takes frequent breaks to try new foods, go hiking, and embroider.
Favorite thing about being a writer: I love being able to create worlds and journey through them. I long to live all the lives I never got the chance to, and writing allows me to do that.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: The most difficult thing about self-publishing is self-promotion. Besides being slightly awkward, it’s very time-consuming. It’s very hard to balance a steady stream of advertising and outreach with work and daily life.
Favorite books: I honestly have to pick Harry Potter! Those books filled my life with new color and potential, and that’s something I want to replicate in my own work. I also love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, as well as a few classics like Gone With the Wind and Dracula.
Awards/special recognition: Future Problem Solving International, Best On-site Writer Award;
Future Problem Solving International, 2nd Place Scenario; Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Finalist; Outdoor Writers of America, 2nd Place Poem
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