You have a new book out and somebody wants to write it up. You’re excited, but you’re also a little curious. What will they ask me? What do I want to tell them about the book?
Deborah Blumenthal interviews Deborah Blumenthal, author of MAFIA GIRL, just published by Albert Whitman & Co..
Deborah, after six seasons of The Sopranos, really, what more is there to say about the Mafia?
MAFIA GIRL takes a different perspective.
Remember Meadow Soprano, Tony’s daughter? MAFIA GIRL is the story of the daughter of New York’s most powerful crime boss. Gia lives a protected and privileged life. She gets driven to school by an armed bodyguard. She attends one of Manhattan’s most elite private schools. And she wears $2,000 sweaters and $1,000 designer shoes. That’s symbolic of the problem. She’s so much a part of that culture that she can’t breathe, she doesn’t know who she is. She lives under the thumb of her dad, and that’s the basis for the story.
I noticed that the style of the book is a lot different from the style of other books for
Gia is a high-energy girl with a fast brain and an even faster mouth. She has an opinion on everything. And she’s got a high libido. When she’s excited, she can’t stop talking. And when she meets a hot, green-eyed cop, never mind that he’s the one who takes her in for under-age drinking and DUI, she can’t stop obsessing about him. So I started the book that way, but as it progresses, you’ll see that the style changes in keeping with Gia’s personality and growth as a character.
Last question, writers are almost always asked how much of themselves they put into their characters. Do you see a lot of yourself in Gia?
For better or worse, I’m fast to evaluate situations, and sometimes lack subtlety, and I certainly get the part about insta-love. But I definitely don’t walk around in Louboutins, and even if I could handle the heels, I couldn’t afford them – unless they fell off a truck.
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