Begotten by Giovanna Lagana

Giovanna Lagana is a freelance author. Some of her short stories and poems have been featured in magazines like Tales of the Talisman, Short-Story.Me, Static Movement, and Fear and Trembling Magazine, etc.

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In the blink of an eye Megan Johnson’s perfect life turns into a nightmare. Her beloved husband mysteriously dies in a car crash and her fourteen-year-old son, Tristan, runs away with a diabolical cult leader named Vincent Hellion. Her world is spiraling to destruction. She leans on her husband’s best friend, Rhett Foster, for support and help. But when feelings she thought she never had for Rhett begin to surface and unknown psychic powers possess her, she becomes more confused than ever. She tries to push her feelings for Rhett aside and focus on her visions to save her son before it’s too late.

Rhett Foster has loved Megan for so long. But he never confessed his feelings to her because his best friend was her husband. Now that her husband is dead, he struggles with his conscience. Should he tell Megan how he really feels or should he honor his best friend's memory?

Megan's desperate quest to find and free her son sets them both on a path of love, danger, and renewal. If they return, their lives will be changed forever.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to write something entirely different, a paranormal romance that dealt with demons and angels, but with a twist not yet explored in the romance genre. I wanted mystery and intrigue to lace each chapter and each character having a pivotal part to play in the entire story.

In this story, I didn’t want to use the singles’ tennis match type of storytelling, where the point of view is bounced back and forth from the hero to the heroine and vice versa. I envisioned a more dynamic web where many points of views and sub plots are weaved together to tell a bigger and far complex story.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The original version took me only a month to write. But the second version, in which I added almost 30 000 more words, took another six months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The silence and peace I have when I delve into my worlds of fiction. There is nothing more fulfilling and calming than when I’m in my writing zone. There’s no other job out there that can compare to it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Trying to find my writing zone. If I’m not in the right frame of mind and atmosphere, then it’s practically hopeless and extremely frustrating. So I try to stay away from any distractions to help center my muse and me, but sometimes even that doesn’t help.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Can it be an imaginary famous person? If yes, then I’d love to be Merlin. Conjuring spells and mixing potions and flying tamed dragons in Camelot. That sounds like fun, except I’ll do without his long mane of white hair and bushy beard.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I had to look, because I couldn’t honestly say otherwise. It’s a bottle of low fat mayonnaise and it expired last month.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m almost done writing the second installment in a middle grade fantasy series Adventures of a New Witch, which I’m writing with my ten-year old daughter, under the pen name Annabelle Mallet. This writing project a whole lot of fun.

I’m also writing the second story in The Forsaken Prophecies series. Two of my favorite characters from book one, who readers think were gone forever, are making a comeback. They’re pledging an unworldly alliance in book 2. Which means trouble with a capital T.

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