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Reviewer & Author Interviewer, Norm Goldman. Norm is the Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com.

He has been reviewing books for the past fifteen years when he retired from the legal profession.

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By Norm Goldman
Published on July 4, 2014
 



Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com Interviews Children's Author Denise Carey-Costa


                                                                                                                                                                                 


Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest children's author Denise Carey-Costa,

Denise was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where she attended the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School and where she studied theater and dance. After winning a theater scholarship, she continued her studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo majoring in theater and dance as well as English Literature.

After some minor success in community theater, radio, some commercials and film work, Denise turned her talents to writing.

As a lifelong lover and advocate for animals Denise authored 4 children’s book and a non fiction work Tony's Tale, Tragedy in Arizona. Her books promote compassion for all creatures and raise awareness for the plight of unwanted dogs and cats in our society. She has also has a weekly news column and has written many inspirational magazine stories promoting the same message and inspiring others to become a voice for the voiceless.

Currently Denise is working on transforming her book Tony's Tale, Tragedy in Arizona into a documentary of the same title.

Denise lives in Orlando and spends her time writing, speaking, and volunteering at various animal shelters.

Norm:

Good day Denise and thanks for participating in our interview.

How did you get started in writing? What keeps you going?

Denise:

I've always had a love of books and started writing as a child, mainly poems, short stories, journaling. I set it aside for awhile in pursuit of an acting career then came back to it later in life. I wrote my first children's book A Tale of Three Tails in 2009 and I was hooked on the whole writing/publishing process. I branched out into non fiction book writing as well as a weekly news column in an on line newspaper.

I think what mainly keeps me going is the positive response I receive from children who have read my books as well as adults who have read my first non fiction book Tony's Tale, Tragedy in Arizona and those that subscribe to my weekly column. It's nice to know that readers are getting enjoyment from my writing as well as learning something from it.

Norm:

Why have you been drawn to writing children's books? As a follow up, who or what has influenced your writing?

Denise:

I was drawn to children's books because as a kid I read so many wonderful books for children that actually inspired me, especially the classics. I wanted to create the same memorable books for children that I had been exposed to. I would have to say my parents definitely influenced my writing. My father worked in film and my mother was a writer so I was surrounded by creatives my entire life. My mother and I collaborated on a book in 2011 called Angelina's Angel which is a Christmas story dedicated to her younger brother and my late uncle.

Norm:

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Denise:

The majority of my books deal with the topic of compassion for all creatures and the welfare of animals. I have been a life long advocate for animals. I wanted to write to promote that message and encourage others to be kinder and more aware of the other sentient beings in their lives.

Norm:

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

Denise:

I learned a great deal since I started writing. I have polished my story telling skills and learned how to tug the heart strings of my readers. In writing my weekly news column I have learned about the many animal rescue groups that are out there all working tirelessly to make a difference and save lives. It gave me a greater appreciation of the work they do and how hard it really is.

Norm:

Why and how did you become interested in becoming an advocate for animals?

Denise:

I have been an advocate for animals since I was in elementary school. I was the kid in the neighborhood who always came home with stray animals and fed them and took care of them. In 1978 when I was 11 years of age I went into a local bookstore and saw a book called Slaughter of the Innocent about the horrors of vivisection.

The image and words on the book haunted me and I could not erase it from my mind. The animal rights movement had not really started yet and groups like PETA were still in their infancy. When I was in high school I joined PETA and traveled to many places with them actively protesting such things as animal experimentation, the fur industry, and the cruelties of factory farming.

Norm:

Could you share with our audience a little about your non-fiction book, Tony's Tale, Tragedy in Arizona? What motivated you to write the book and to turn it into a film? What do you hope to accomplish? Where will we be able to view the film?

Denise:

Tony's Tale, Tragedy in Arizona is about one family's victimization by the judicial process system in the small town of Clifton, Arizona.

In 2011 their dog Tony was seized from their home, impounded at the county Animal Control for six months then court ordered to be killed based on trumped up charges that he had killed another neighborhood dog.

All of the physical evidence pointed away from Tony as the killer but the local Justice of the Peace had him executed anyway. Tony was part Pit Bull, the breed that has the most negativity attached to them due to media fed misinformation that they are more aggressive and dangerous than any other dog breed.

Tony's Tale is not just about a dog, it's about small town corruption and politics. I first heard of this case via a petition site to give Tony a stay of execution. As I followed the case and learned of its outcome I was not only angered by it but heartbroken that someone should have to go through this with their beloved family pet.

I have a dog and I would be devastated if she was seized from me and killed for no reason other than her breed and appearance. After the book was published it was quite successful so I thought why not take it to the next level and tell Tony's story on film?

My main goal with this film is to expose the prejudice and hatred that is responsible for the abuse and attempted annihilation of a breed of dogs that at one time was referred to as the "Nanny Dog." I also want to expose the extreme injustice that was inflicted on an innocent person and her family and the needless stress, grief and anguish that could have been avoided had the Justice of the Peace allowed her decision to be based on logic and not emotion.

The film will be available on DVD and hopefully have some showings in theaters nationwide that support Indie films.

Norm:

Where can our readers find out more about you and your books?

Denise:

My books can be viewed on AMAZON.COM and all other worldwide book retailers. They can learn more about me and what I do via My Weekly News Column.

Norm:

What is next for Denise Carey-Costa?

Denise:

I am currently working on another children's book as well as a non fiction biography on child star Bobby Driscoll. Depending on how "Tony's Tale" goes I may turn to developing more documentary films on animal welfare as well as other social issues. The sky's the limit right now.

Norm:

As this interview draws to a close what one question would you have liked me to ask you? Please share your answer.

Denise:

I really can't think of one at this time.

Norm:

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors


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