Published by: Witness
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
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A rash of high-profile murders all point to reporter Gabriella Giovanni’s boyfriend, Detective Sean Donovan, when investigators uncover a single link in the deaths: Annalisa Cruz. A decade ago, Cruz seduced Donovan away from a life as a monk, and though their relationship soured long ago … her passion for him has not.
As the investigation continues, it becomes increasingly clear that any man who gets involved with Cruz soon ends up dead, including a dot-com millionaire, the mayor of San Francisco, and a police officer. Donovan, the only man to have dated Cruz and survived, is arrested for the murders and dubbed a jealous ex, leaving Gabriella scrambling to find the real killer without ending up as the next body headed for the morgue.
Gabriella’s search ultimately unearths a dark secret that Donovan had intended to take to the grave. Faced with the knowledge of this terrible truth, Gabriella must tie the past and present together to clear Donovan’s name.
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and artist who also bakes a tasty biscotti. In her former life, as an award-winning crime reporter at newspapers in California, she flew over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, watched autopsies, and conversed with serial killers. During her decade covering crime, Belcamino wrote and reported about many high-profile cases including the Laci Peterson murder and Chandra Levy disappearance. She has appeared on Inside Edition and local television shows. She now writes fiction and works part-time as a reporter covering the police beat for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her work has appeared in such prominent publications as Salon, the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m from a northern California town called Paradise that was right next door to a college town. And although it was a great place to grow up, I couldn’t wait to move to a city after I graduated from high school. I’m a city girl at heart.
I moved to Southern California and attended CSU Long Beach.
During my college years, I lived in many places, including a block from the beach in Seal Beach with a bunch of Australian rugby players for roommates, in a Mara Salvatrucha gang neighborhood in L.A. with the musician Beck and his super talented family before he became famous, and in the American Hotel, above a punk rock bar in downtown L.A.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
My book was inspired by my dealings with a serial killer while I was a crime reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. I wrote the book to honor the memories of all the kidnapped and killed little girls I wrote about during my newspaper career, but also as a way to purge that monster from my head.
How do you create your characters?
My reporter character, Gabriella Giovanni, sprung to life basically because she was the character I’d always wanted to read. She is a combination of characters I’ve loved by reading former crime reporter Edna Buchanan and Italian-American author Adriana Trigiani.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
Authors, such as Lisa Unger, Sara Gran, Stephen King, and Owen Laukkanen, inspire me. I’ve known ever since I was a little girl that being a writer would be a dream come true.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I usually write sitting on a stool at my kitchen counter—glamorous, I know—and almost always need coffee. That’s about it.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
From everything I read or see and from my own twisted mind!
What do you like to read?
Mysteries written by some of the authors I’ve already named. In addition, just off the top of my head, I love authors such as Anna Gavalda, Anais Nin, Hemingway, Umberto Eco, John Fante, Maria de los Santos, and Jackie Collins. I’m not highbrow in my reading preferences. Please smack me if I ever become a literary snob. Please. Give me a good story and I’m happy. Make me cry and I’ll buy your books for life.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
I have nothing knew to say about this because it really is this simple: read as much as possible and write as much as possible.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for having me!