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Interview with Monica Daddio, author of ‘Humanizing the Jaguar’







Monica Daddio was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. She attended St. Stephens and Holy Cross grammar schools, Junior 4, and

Trenton High. From there went to wrok for Mercer County Elections Office. Most recently she has retired and relocated to the Bristol VA/TN area. Her passion and love has always been music and she will jokingly tell you that she is a professional listener. With a vast collection of over 500 artists, she has a

wide range of musical taste and that’s how her story came to be. This is her tribute to the musicians and music she loves so much.

To find out more visit her website at : or at

Welcome to Beyond the Books Monica Daddio! Can you start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

“Humanizing the Jaguar” is my first venture at being published.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published, or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I chose to do the self-published route mainly because the author has the most input on how the finished product will look and how they promote it.

How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Since I’m self-published there was no contract. After all the editing and type setting was submitted and proofed I just hit the submit button to make it available to the public.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

When I had the physical copy of my book in hand it validated all my hard work. That my dream  had finally became a reality and that I could start telling people about it.  I celebrated by going out with friends and having a few drinks.

What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I started with the social media networks to tell people I had a book out there. I also arranged a book signing that the local newspaper mention under area events and I also dressed up as a billboard the week before the signing and handed out flyers along with posting the signing on Facebook.

Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

The answer here is a bit different I’ve grown or been educated on how difficult it is to get the word out about the book. That hardest part is the marketing not the writing.

What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

That as a New author there is only a 1% chance of getting picked up by either an agent or a publishing company.  Not very good odds. And that is why the (POD’s) Print On Demand have become the way of the future especially for “new” authors.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

That my story can to be read by anyone who knows about it and (POD) Print On Demand technology goes far beyond my local area.  Authors are no longer limited on who can get there books. 

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Don’t give up keep on writing. If you have a story you truly believe it don’t let anyone discourage you. Also keep in mind that the way the (POD) Print On Demand works if your story is only of interest to your family you can keep it personal it does not have to be made public.  Always something to think about if one wants to write there family history.  But whatever your passion is go for it.  


How do you tame the untamable? Bryan Wharton has been through more than any child should bear, leaving him emotionally scarred. When his new family proves to him that love and encouragement do exist, Bryan pursues his only dream. With the friendship and support of a few boys from school, they succeed in making their wild fantasies of becoming rock stars a reality. Through their hard work they rise to fame, while Bryan’s confident, cocky attitude generates animosity within the group. After a particularly grueling ordeal, he meets a young woman who captivates him in ways like no one else ever has. Donna’s ignorance over who he really is and her genuine concern during their fleeting time together allows him to freely open up to her. The two form a bond, becoming oddly entwined. After getting back to what Bryan knows best, he realizes he needs to devise a way for Donna to be near him for what he believes is his own selfishness. Donna was ready for an adventure knowing she’d become the envy of young women worldwide and was hoping that this could lead to more. What does this mean for the two-friendship, love or? As an added bonus this book also includes a game. There are many music clues scattered throughout the text. How many of the hidden clues can you find?


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