Monday, July 13, 2015

Character Interview with Luna Marina Blue of LUNA MARINA AND THE MCMACHINA




We’re thrilled to be talking to Luna Marina Blue from Gino A Costa and Alessandra R Costa, Luna Marina and the McMachina.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Ms. Blue.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

My name is Luna Marina Blue. I’m 14, and I don’t have to do a damn thing for a living; my parents HAVE to take care of that.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I’m smarter and prettier than all my friends put together!

What would I love the most about you?
           
I’m irreplaceable –-- there is only one Luna!

What would I hate the most about you?
           
Some people think I’m stubborn and rude --- stupid people!

What makes you laugh out loud?
           
My teachers, because they think they’re sooooo important and know everything!

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
           
They could have done better, but who am I to bitch?

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?
           
I wish I had waist-long, straight hair like the supermodels do.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?
           
Only if they are worthy.

Who is your best friend?
           
Ivana Sargento

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?
           
Polenta and beef tripe --- ha ha ha

What is your most treasured possession?
           
My copy of The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?
           
Chicken Soup --- ha ha ha

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
           
I would PARTY like there’s no tomorrow – and make sure everyone knew all about it!

About the Authors
G. A. Costa was born in Pawtucket, RI. He grew up in Seekonk, MA and now resides near Boston.  He attended The Perkins School for the Blind until Junior High, where, as a child, he started learning how to sing and play the keyboard.  After outgrowing Perkins, he attended Junior High in Watertown, MA.  He then came home to Attend High School in Seekonk, MA, where he received High Honors and was inducted into The National Honor Society.  While at Seekonk High, he joined 'The Verdandi Male Choir for Swedish Singers' with whom he traveled the country singing in concerts.  After high school, he was accepted at SMU (now UMASS Dartmouth), and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and with a minor in Sociology.  After graduation, he wrote for a computer magazine and designed computer games.  Besides writing, he now plays various instruments, including the guitar and drums, while continuing to sing and write music. Other interests include any and all kinds of science and physics, reading, listening to music, and electric trains.

A. R. Costa was born in Milan, Italy, just before the Second World War, and was raised in Pontecorvo, Italy, in the Province of Frosinone.  She obtained a teaching degree from 'The Fancy School in Town' when she was twenty, and soon after she was married in The San Bartholomew Cathedral, right across from her house.  Since her mother was born in Fall River, Ma, and always talked about her life in America, Alessandra decided to 'come home' to the USA, and her entire family came with her and her husband.  Now the author and her two children, her brother, sister, their children and grandchildren are all spread out very close to their roots, in and around Fall River, Massachusetts, in the Good, Old U.S. of A.  Her parents, Nonno and Nonna, lie peacefully next to each other, near their family and together forever.
Their latest book is the young adult novel, Luna Marina and the McMachina.
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About the Book:

Title: Luna Marina and the McMachina (The Adventures of Luna Marina Blue Book 1)
Author: G.A. Costa & A.R. Costa
Publisher: G.A. Costa & A.R. Costa
Pages: 485
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Fourteen-year-old Luna Marina Blue has the temper and disposition of a sailor (with the language and the manners to match)!

She's mad at everyone and everything around her, but what has her maddest of all is that it's the first day of school and summer vacation is over. Poor Little Luna has had it with all her shallow friends and the stupid grown-ups who make demands and refuse to listen to her. When one of her classmates recounts her 'wonderful'  summer vacation on an Italian farm, an idyllic place right out of the 1950's, where she told of hayrides, dances, parties and stolen kisses, Luna starts daydreaming about going back in time. She
desperately wants to be in Old Italy during the 1950's, and experience all that for herself.

Luna imagines how she would wow and impress all the poor 'backward' farm people with her beauty, modern look and 'new-age' style; she  would be a little queen and the star of everyone's attention, she just knew it! Later that day, after getting suspended from school and punished at home, Luna gets the chance to have her wish come true. Mad at everyone and convinced that no one cared for her or would even notice if she went missing, Luna accepts the offer, thus  beginning her own Grand Odyssey.

Going back in time to the farming community in and around the Italian town of Pontecorvo during the 1950's, Luna Marina Blue embarks on a journey of personal discovery and realizes that the so-called 'backward' farm people are just as educated, intelligent, and capable as she is (if not more so). She also learns some valuable life lessons and family secrets along the way.

Homesick and desperate to get back to her original family, whom she spurned so easily before, yet learning to love an entirely new family in Old Italy, Luna is torn between her old life in modern times, and the new one she found in the 1950’s.

Luna Marina Blue has a choice to make, one which will echo throughout her entire life and beyond ...Will she stay? Will she go back? What a conundrum!

Teens from fourteen to ninety-four will enjoy taking this journey with Luna, watching her grow from an immature child to a thoughtful and  intelligent young woman, all the while sharing the exciting adventures and wonderful surprises that lie ahead ...

This is a wholesome, feel-good and heartwarming tale that the entire family can enjoy together! Not only will teens and preteens love this story, but adults will as well.

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