“A long time ago, my little sister Gillian asked me to join her in a game with her Bratz dolls,” author Anthony DiFirore said during a recent interview. “I wanted to spice up the game, and so I proposed we do some variation of America’s Next Top Model.” He continued, “Somehow some of the dolls became detectives, and before we knew it they each had paranormal powers. The game became so much fun that I rushed out to get her more dolls. A year later there was a cast of over thirty characters, with intricate storylines and lots of crazy plots. For years my sister kept telling me to write a book about our game. Finally, with Fangs and Stilettos, I did!”
As the book opens, readers are introduced to Natasha and Marciano Genet, twin siblings adopted by famed designers Maude and Claude, who appear to have the world at their feet. Working in the industry – Natasha for her mom, Marciano for his mom’s arch-rival – both love what they do, and have a dazzlingly vast wardrobe to show for it. However, there is much the siblings don’t know, and things began to fall into place when the siblings learn a massive secret: the fashion industry is stuffed to the gills with supernatural beings – vampires, mummies, werewolves and more – who are bound to the pursuit of sartorial style by a powerful curse cast thousands of years ago by the mother of all such beings.
DiFiore clearly cares for the characters, giving them a touch of real emotional development even as their behavior goes over the top. The cliffhanger ending makes DiFiore’s plans for continuing the story abundantly clear.
Anthony DiFiore enjoys telling stories and when he’s not writing, he’s traveling. “There are a lot of specific places all over the world that are special to me. It’s nice to visit the same place after a long time and see that although some things change, there’s still a great deal of familiarity.”