Join me in giving a warm welcome to Elizabeth McKenna! Be sure to check out the excerpt from her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, and of my interview with Elizabeth.
You can see where inspiration for Nico came from, you won't be disappointed!
And, of course, be sure to enter the giveaway for a print (US) or e-copy (INT) of Venice in the Moonlight, and a $10 Amaozn GC.
Venice in the Moonlight
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Release Date: 2 October 2013
A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love
Considered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.
After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.
When Fate throws them together, friendship begins to grow into love until Marietta learns a Foscari family secret that may have cost her father his life. Now, she must choose between vengeance, forgiveness, and love.
Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.
InterviewShare 4 fun facts about yourself!
1) My house must be clean and orderly, but my home office is a disaster. It only gets cleaned when the dust starts to clog my lungs.
2) My ancestors came from Ireland, but when I visited Germany, I realized the Germans were my true soul mates. Everything was so clean, and they all followed the rules. I was in heaven!
3) I can kill a plant or flower just by looking at it.
4) At one point in my life, I wanted to be an astronaut, but then I figured out I was really claustrophobic.
What gave you the boost to dive into the world of writing and self-publishing?
I'm a technical writer/editor by day, but I had always wanted to write fiction. I thought there would be more jobs in the non-creative writing sector, so I put the idea of fiction out of my head. I was discussing my career choice with my children one day and I decided I wasn't being a good role model. I always tell them not to give up on their dreams, but I had. So, I started writing my debut novel Cera's Place. There are many days that I want to give up, but I don't because of them.
Which authors are you most inspired by?
In the romance genre, the first one that comes to mind is Nora Roberts. I love how she writes dialog. Of course, I'm in awe of J.K. Rowling, and I love Suzanne Collins' books.
If Venice in the Moonlight was made into a movie, who would you cast as Marietta and Nico?
I've always liked Keira Knightley in her period movies, so I would probably want her as Marietta. While writing Venice in the Moonlight, I struggled a bit with Nico's character because I didn't have an actor in mind for him. With my first novel, Cera's Place, I imagined the hero as Viggo Mortensen's character in Lord of the Rings. I finally found a photo of an Italian model that helped me.
What drew you to 18th century Venice, as a setting?
I usually pick my setting before I develop the plot of my novels. I visited Venice years ago and found it so romantic and full of character. I read about the history and picked the time period that Casanova lived there. I thought it would be interesting to have him as a minor character in a romance novel.
Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
I'm working on a contemporary romance right now. The brief description is: At her 15th high school reunion, Jessie Baxter must confront her failed marriage and her own insecurities to find happiness with The One Who Got Away.
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