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Backdraft of Murder – An Interview & a Recipe with Nina D’Angelo

Welcome  Nina to the Cabin everyone! It is another great new author visiting for a Cabin Goddess Interview today! Everyone welcome Nina D’Angelo. All you fellows in the house watch out! She loves Pepsi, walks on the beach and smart ass dogs! Oh and don’t blend that margarhata or you may get it back, in your lap! She likes it on the rocks! And man is her character on the rocks in this new book! Read her interview and leave her a note, we all love notes from our fans to be! 


Nina D'Angelo InterviewCG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)
My name is Nina D’Angelo. When I’m not researching or writing novels, I’m planning my next trip. I’m a bit of a daredevil and in 2010 quit my job to travel the world and experience life. This included skydiving, paragliding 18,000 feet off the Austrian Alps, Whitewater rafting through Europe, Taking 6am hot air balloons over New Mexico, and jumping out of a helicopter. Did I mention I’m afraid of heights?
CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (if you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “darkness” (yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it and GO!)
Yes, I’d like to write in the paranormal/supernatural genre.

“Cassandra, it’s time.”

She ignored the voice, staring down at the bloodied battle from where she stood, her feet braced apart. 

Angels fought side by side with the Vampires, the Sorcerers and the Werewolves. The children of Heaven fought side by side with the Children of the Damned and Children of the Moon- all aligned together to battle a looming darkness. There had never been such an alliance.

An alliance had never been needed until now. They had grudgingly accepted each other’s presences, drawing territory lines and never venturing across them. They had lived uncomfortably side by side, never dreaming that they would fight side by side to protect what was theirs. To protect humanity.

Los Angeles had become the portal to hell. Demons had swept in, destroying everything and everyone in their path, determined to conquer and destroy. 

Her eyes turned towards the Hollywood sign, watching with controlled emotion at the once glossy white sign now charred black and melting from the bright neon flames licking at it. This was her world. It had been her solace, a place where she could hide what she really was. Soon it would all be gone. Soon she would have to face what she really was.
“Cassandra, I said it’s time.” The voice was more firm now, as a hand gripped her shoulder. She twisted around quickly, her hand grabbing the throat the man who now stood in front of her and her lips curled to reveal razor-sharp teeth.

“Gabriel.” She said, her grip weakening, as she stared at him with vacant eyes.

“Goddess.” He acknowledged, his lips curving into a mocking smile, gently removing her hand from his throat. He quickly turned it over, planting a warm kiss on the inside of her wrist.

 “And so the Arch Angel Gabriel; The Lord’s own Angel of Death, came forth to bring God’s fury onto those who sinned.” She whispered, turning back to stare out the window, not surprised that the bloodied battle had disappeared without a trace. Instead the traffic streamed through downtown Los Angeles, the humans blissfully aware of the death and carnage that would soon be among them.
“Drake and Alyses are waiting for us.” He spoke evenly and with a calmness he did not feel. He was unsure why Cassandra had requested this meeting. He scowled. No, not requested. Ordered. She had ordered them to meet, as if she reigned over them all like Royalty. He smirked.

After 4000 years, only the Goddess Cassandra could still act like the royalty she had once been. Before her dignity, pride and honour had been brutally stripped from her. Before, she had turned on all of those who had hurt her, and left a bloodied path of destruction in her wake. Before, he had found her. 
Turning towards Gabriel, she studied him. He was an Angel with a dazzling smile and a killer touch. Had it only been 1000 years since they first crossed paths?
CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question)

I actually have always been fascinated by criminology. I grew up with a British Mother and my Grandfather would tell me the tales of when he was young in the early 1920’s growing up, about how London was affected by Jack the Ripper. In the 1920’s it was still a fairly recent crime (1888) and he remembered having people yell, ‘Jack the Ripper is going to get ya’. The stories of Jack the Ripper fascinated me, simply because he was never caught and no one ever knew who he was.

I started reading crime at a young age – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the first crime/mystery authors I read as well as Agatha Christie and I think they influenced me to write well. But it was James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell that really stood out for me. James Patterson’s novels have short chapters and are to the point, but they are full of twists and turns. He’s a very clever writer. Patricia Cornwell’s novels are more clinical and more thorough, as they are based on a Medical Examiner. That side of crime fascinates me. I like knowing the how, the why and the psychological side of everything.
CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right?)Why? (yes you are going to have to support that choice)

CG – Write one line you would love for him/her to say from your book.
I’ve already thought about this for Nowhere to Run and would have Jase Devlin played by Chris Pine. The reason I chose Chris Pine is because he has the right looks for Jase Devlin. Jase Devlin is cocky, brash but he has a serious side and mysteriousness to him. I think Chris Pine would play him well, as he has shown he can do both as Captain James Kirk in Star Trek.
The guy also oozes sex appeal and Jase Devlin has that in spades. 

Jase Devlin

He’s the only one I’ve thought of so far, but I’m working on the others. 😛
CG – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
Take the day off my day job, call up all my author friends and crack open some champagne. But before that I’d probably tell everyone to pinch me to ensure this was really happening to me. Then I’d probably knuckle down and write more of the new book.
CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?
I actually need to listen to music when I write. It allows me to tune out from everything else. I also drink a lot of coffee. It’s my main source of fuel when I’m writing. I tend to forget about everything and anything while writing including eating.
CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (what festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)
At the moment my life is very much working in my ‘day job’ and writing whenever I can. I’ve got a new book in the works, one in which takes up my week nights and weekends. But everyone once in a while I will take a break. When I’m not writing, I’m also an avid photographer and have had my photography in a number of different magazines. I also like to catch up with friends, go see a band and also travel.

CG – If it was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light novoue cousine? (I do a recipe with many of my authors this maybe an opportunity for you to share a recipe you think could go along with this?)

Mine would be dish with a kick – as the same as my book. That’s why I’ve gone with Fiery Black Pepper Chicken. The reason is it’s a curry dish in which it demonstrates different favors that pepper can bring to a dish. My book is similar – it shows the different ways you can write crime – it also has a splash of romance, action, thrills and crime. 

CG – OK now for the REAL fun and this will make it an official Cabin Goddess “Interview and a recipe”


I’d go with a Backdraft. It’s noted for its elaborate preparation and potency. he combination of warm alcohol, followed by inhaling vaporized alcohol, and then finishing with a highly spiced warm alcohol, makes the drinking of this drink difficult, and while it tends not to have an immediate effect (since it is drunk quickly), the warmth of the alcohol and the vapor, make the concentration and absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream quicker than other drinks, and produces a more profound impact.

A classic Backdraft is prepared by pouring equal amounts of Drambuie and Grand Marnier into a snifter. The mixture is set alight, and after a few seconds, extinguished by having the imbiber seal the top of the glass with their hand, although often a coaster or saucer is used instead. Once the flame is out, a straw is inserted, keeping as much of the seal intact as possible to contain the vapors.

Both the liquid and the vapors are then consumed through the straw.

Drambuie and Grand Marnier will be extremely difficult to ignite, if not impossible, so backdrafts are commonly done with 1 part Grand Marnier and 1 part 151.

“MAKE MINE A MEAL” Add a recipe for a dish, an appetizer or a dessert that goes with your book.

Fiery Black Pepper Chicken

Serves 4

  • 1 x 1.6kg whole chicken, skinned and jointed, or 8 chicken thighs, skinned
  • 4 tsp freshly cracked Tellicherry or Kampot black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of salt, plus ½ tsp
  • 3 onions, half thinly sliced and half roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3cm piece ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 300ml water
  1. Put the chicken in a large dish. In a small bowl, combine a quarter of the black pepper, the turmeric, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, then rub all over the chicken and leave to marinate, covered, for a few hours.
  2. Blend the roughly chopped onions with the garlic and ginger to make a paste.
  3. Toast the remaining pepper in a hot, dry pan until there’s a delicious nutty, toasty scent and the pepper begins to smoke. Shake the pan so the pepper doesn’t burn.
  4. Heat a good glug of oil in a heavy-based frying pan (one with a lid) and fry the sliced onions until they turn soft and golden. Add the onion paste and continue frying until all the liquid has evaporated and the onion is starting to brown.
  5. Add the toasted pepper (reserve a generous pinch for later) and the chicken including all the marinade juices, the 300ml water and ½ tsp salt.
  6. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through – add a splash more water if the curry gets too thick.
  7. Serve the curry sprinkled with the reserved toasted black pepper, alongside some boiled rice, warmed chapattis and the salad.


  • On the Rocks or Blended? on the rocks
  • Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
  • East Coast or West Coast? West Coast (Nowhere to run is set in Los Angeles)
  • To Be or Not to Be? To be
  • Roller Coasters or Carousels? Roller Coasters
  • At the movies or DVD? DVD
  • Ocean or Lake? Ocean
  • Duck or Goose? Duck
  • Scooby Doo or Snoopy?


120912-001Nina D’Angelo is a freelance writer and photographer. After graduating from Deakin University in 2005, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Public Relations, Nina briefly worked in P.R. Not satisfied with her profession, she returned to freelance writing. Since graduation from University, she has written her own TV series, produced a music show for three seasons, worked for several music magazines and her photography was published in Aqua Pulse.

In 2012, she decided to take the plunge into the fiction world and started writing her debut novel, Nowhere to Run. Nowhere to Run is the first novel in the Stephanie Carovella series. Its release date is February 14th 2013.

Nina has already started working on her second novel – and the second in the Stephanie Carovella series. Nowhere to Hide is slated for an August release. Nina also plans on releasing her third novel in December 2013, which will be part of the Live and Let Die series.





Nowhere to Run (Stephanie Carovella)

A dominatrix is murdered; her body displayed in a show of dominance. An actress is found dead beneath the Hollywood sign. There’s a murderer roaming the streets of Los Angeles and he’s having far too much fun to stop. Stephanie Carovella is a woman of fire and ice. She left her career, her friends and her home town of LA but she couldn’t outrun the demons of her past. When she is lured back by the death of her best friend she enters a world where no one’s safe. Can Stephanie find her friend’s killer or will she discover that she has nowhere to run?



  1. Seriously, best book I’ve read so far this year! 😀

  2. Sounds really good!

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