It's March, and that means I now have LESS than six months before my next book is released! The Treasures of Venice is another romantic suspense with some paranormal elements. It is actually the first romantic suspense novel I ever wrote, and it was a finalist in the 2006 Golden Heart contest.
Recently, I was hanging out on an online forum where a lot of young aspiring writers were asking published authors questions specific to their latest works. This seemed like a good place to start blogging about my new release.
Here are my answers to the top five questions they asked:
1) What gave you the idea for your book?
I heard a piece of music on the radio. I listen to classical music and when an unfamiliar piece came on that I liked, I listened and then the announcer said, “That was the incidental music to the opera Jewels of the Madonna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari.” I went home and googled the opera and the composer, who happened to be a Venetian.
2) Did you have a tough time coming up with character names and personalities?
No. Generally my characters show up in my imagination with their names and personalities fully intact. Sometimes it takes me a little while to get to know them. Yes, they really do “talk” to me, and I know far more about their lives than is ever written in their particular book.
I will say that coming up with authentic sounding Italian names for many secondary characters was a bit of a challenge. I try not to name my characters the same name as people I know. But I happen to know a lot of people with Italian last names, and I did ‘borrow’ a couple of them just for fun. I’m happy to report, the people involved got a real kick out of it, too!
3) Are any of the characters like you? Why or why not?
All of my characters have certain aspects that are like me, even the villains! I can’t help myself, because all their thoughts and feelings are filtered through me. I purposely think, “If I were a young woman who’d never had a father, and her fiancé had just jilted her, how would I react if…?” Or, “If I were a guy whose sister has been kidnapped, what would I do if…?”
So in some respects, they are all me, but then again, not really. I would never do some of the things or get myself into the situations that happen to my characters! Thank goodness.
I’m easily distracted, but I need to stay focused. That’s why I have set writing times and a writing routine. I don’t listen to music (like so many writers do), and I can’t watch TV or carry on conversations (in person or online) while I’m writing. Rewriting and revising are a totally different story, but getting down the first draft requires a lot of concentration.
5) Did you ever think your story would one day get published?
I wrote it with the express purpose of submitting it for publication. I had just about despaired of it ever being published because it received many rejections over the course of two years.
To be honest, it did have a few things working against it, the setting of
But as the saying goes, “it only takes one yes” and I was thrilled when my editor finally said yes to this story! She loved the setting and the dual storyline and ultimately, I think readers will too.
Now it's your turn! You can answer one or more of these questions, or ask another question or two of your own.