Category Archives: Romance

Meet author Adam Zorzi

Adam was born in Venice, but educated in New York City and continues to live there. His passion is travel and he counts himself lucky to have a job that gives him that opportunity. He writes non-fiction for work – proposals, reports, and studies.  He started writing fiction about 5 years ago to entertain himself, took a creative writing class, and joined a writers’ group when he felt he had something to share. That made writing fiction even more fun and challenging for him. He takes every advantage of living in NYC with its concerts, art, and films. People-watching, he says, is a great source of inspiration.

What is the title of your latest book? adam 2

Auld Acquaintances (234 pages, Solstice Publishing, $16.99) is my first holiday paranormal romance. Set in Williamsburg, Virginia, a Colonial ghost who discovered her husband’s betrayal at a New Year’s Eve party, and promptly hurled herself out of her bedroom window, tries to stop the wedding of a contemporary couple who plan to wed on New Year’s Eve. She has reason to believe the groom is a cad. The couple, who are both university professors, refuse to believe a ghost could be the one who is interfering with their plans by stealing jewelry, destroying bridal party gowns, and poisoning a wedding guest. They believe someone in their circle of friends and family and colleagues is playing a cruel practical joke. They don’t really doubt each other, but someone is standing between them and marriage. Because it’s romance, there’s a happy ever after ending.

Your readers might find some of the holiday customs sound familiar. Williamsburg was established as part of England’s Virginia Colony in 1623 and is home to the College of William & Mary—the second oldest college in the United States—named for King William III and Queen Mary II. The historic colonial district of Williamsburg has been preserved as it was during its pre-Revolutionary War period and attracts a large number of visitors adam 4during the holiday season for colonial music, decorations, and activities.

I also have a short story Low Country Boil in the latest volume (No. 6) of the Solstice Publishing horror anthology Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. It’s not gory horror. It’s more what if? What if persons entrusted to protect the county don’t, and what are the consequences? The story follows a law enforcement transplant from Maine to a county in the southern United States and how adjusting to her new environment isn’t great for maintaining law and order.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

 I’ll start with the most rewarding. Freedom of expression. No matter what is going on in the world or household, I create a world, populate it with characters I find interesting, and tell a story that intrigues me and sometimes quietly draws attention to issues important to me. I enjoy researching backgrounds for settings and characters and discover all kinds of new and often irrelevant information. It’s an education. Most importantly to me, it’s fun. I truly enjoy it.

As for challenges, I sometimes write myself into a corner. I don’t plot meticulously beforehand so I have to reroute the story. There are also times when I know exactly what I want to happen and it simply doesn’t read properly on the page. I keep writing that scene until it flows and move on.

 What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

 Write. Write anything. Get used to expressing yourself on the page. Try different word counts— 5,000 words tells a different story than 1,000. Write the same story from different points of view (POV). Try a new genre. Don’t wait for an assignment. Write letters to the editor of a publication about a story or a letter to fictional characters.

You can’t talk/sell yourself into being an author. You have to have something on pages for an editor, agent, publisher, reading group to read.

What are you working on at the moment?adam 3

A paranormal beach read. I never expected to be a paranormal writer, but my characters usually have an eternal love. If one of them dies, it’s reasonable to me that they would try to reunite.

I’m also working on a four-part family saga that isn’t paranormal. It’s set in places I enjoy visiting and want to create characters who live there. One family member works in the Orkney Islands and another in Mallorca.

What do you like to read?

Autobiographies. I like hearing how a person tells their life story. I’m not interested in any particular industry. I’ve read books by sailors, actors, singers, business leaders, scientists, and political leaders. I rarely read biographies because someone else tells the story often from a scholarly or salacious POV.

I also read mystery and suspense. Right now, I’m enjoying Nordic crime series. One, by Kati Hekkapelto, is set in Finland and another, by Ragnar Jonasson is set in Iceland.

 Where can readers find you?

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Jane Austen and the new ten pound note.

jane-austen-ten-pound-noteLast week the Bank of England brought in a new £10.00 note. It is smaller, more durable, and harder to counterfeit than the old version. But for literary types its main significance is that it features two women: the Queen (as usual) on the front, and the novelist Jane Austen on the back. In fact the note was officially launched from her old home in Chawton, Hampshire, on July 18th, exactly 200 years after her death in nearby Winchester.

The note includes a quote from her most famous book, Pride and Prejudice, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading.” (Let’s not spoil it by pointing out that this was said by a vain and snobbish young lady purely interested in capturing the attention of a more erudite and wealthy young man).

Jane Austen AltonWhat a casual reader may not know is that Jane Austen was not just a provincial spinster, scribbling away between the social calls and household duties expected of a woman of her social class and limited finances. Her portrait on the new note is particularly appropriate as she also had close links to banking. One of her brothers (Henry) owned a number of small banks, run from his headquarters in London and Jane often stayed with him at his London house. A £10.00 note issued by one of his banks is on display in the Chawton cottage where she lived, which is open to the public.

But, although the announcement of this new note’s design was made in her old home, no mention was made of her banker brother. He was not a good businessman, suffered losses in the financial crash of 1816, and his banking empire was subsequently taken over by others and forgotten.Jane Austen

Jane Austen is celebrated for her novels about the eager pursuit of suitable husbands for her heroines. Less romantically, they also illustrate her keen interest in the pursuit of a suitable income. In her own life she was acutely conscious of her lack of means, and took an active interest in the sale of her manuscripts, often with Henry’s well meaning, but not always helpful advice. (You can read more about this aspect of Jane’s life in Jane Austen: The Banker’s Sister, by EJ Clery)

Which brings me, rather clumsily, to my own books. I write because I feel the need to write. I do not expect to live off my royalties, but, like Jane I take an interest in my ‘bottom line’, and every sale is a welcome acknowledgement of my efforts. (Reviews are also welcome, even low starred ones). All my books are available on Amazon, as e-books and / or paperbacks, and you can purchase them via one of the links below:

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Meet author Molly V. Lovell

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Molly’s debut novel will be published on August 25th . Here she describes what it is about, her love of character, and how she fits writing into her already hectic life. Seems writing whilst watching TV works for her!

 

 

What is the title of your latest book?

 My latest novel is titled A Sibling’s Dilemma. It’s my first novel so I’m pretty excitedMolly 1 about it. A Sibling’s Dilemma is a contemporary romance novel about a private detective, Cassie, her sister, Ellie, and a CEO named Edric. Edric’s kid brother goes missing so he hires Cassie to find him. After Cassie finds Edric’s brother and earns his trust, Edric’s arch-rival hires her to infiltrate his company. Cassie agrees but knows that she’s not exactly the desk-job type so she gets her sister, Ellie, to work for Edric’s company as a mole. Ellie and Edric start to become friends and then she develops romantic feelings for him. It gets a little complicated, needless to say, since the only reason Ellie knows Edric is because she’s sent to spy on his company. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil things.

The book’s mostly about the characters—Ellie, Edric, and Cassie. They develop a lot during the story and their relationships with each other change.

 What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

 The most challenging aspect of being a writer, for me, is time budgeting. I’m a law student as well as an author. I spend probably about 40 hours a week doing legal things (attending class and studying in the school year and clerking at prosecution offices in the summer) and then I try to write an additional thirty hours a week and then I spend Molly 3about five hours a week marketing and such. I love writing and I need to actively make a point to budget work and family to make time for it. So far I’ve been rather successful. But that’s probably the most challenging part.

The most rewarding part is bringing my characters to life and telling a story. It may sound silly but Edric, Ellie, and Cassie sort of became real to me throughout this process of writing the book. It’s fun. Writing is a reward in and of itself.

 

What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

 Make writing fun for you. If it becomes a chore, then you’re not going to want to write and your book either (a) won’t get finished, or (b) the book will reflect that you don’t enjoy making it. If you love your book, it’ll almost write itself. Sure, there are some times when it does feel like a chore (like editing can be tedious), but overall it should be fun for you to create your own story and get to know your characters.

I have a little routine when I write. It sounds odd but I like to write while I watch television with my husband. It’s become a nightly ritual so I look at writing as my way of unwinding through the day. I look forward to writing every night. Granted, multitasking isn’t for everyone but the main point is to make writing fun for you.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on another romance novel. I’m thinking that it’s going to be called “Mel and the Mob” but that title is subject to change. I wrote it before under a pseudonym a while ago but I’m re-writing it now because I want to totally change the plot and change some things about the characters. The protagonist, Mel, is a lawyer, actually. (Not the type of law I’m going into.) It’s going to involve lawyers, the mob, a pharmaceutical company, and a handsome chemist/CEO. It’s going to be a fun book; I love the characters. (In case you can’t tell from the umpteen million times I’ve mentioned characters, I have a thing about characters, haha!)

What do you like to read?

 Right now I spend most of my time reading court cases because of that whole law school thing I have going on. When I’m not reading legal stuff, I like to read contemporary romance novels (surprise, surprise). My favourite novel is A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Where can readers find you?

 I actually made a website! It’s mollyvlovell.com (easy to remember because my name is Molly V. Lovell). I’m also on Facebook, @MollyVictoriaLovell, Twitter, @MollyVLovell, and Instagram @Mollsie18.

My book will be available on Amazon come August 25.

Here’s my Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0746PHKR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500933827&sr=8-1&keywords=a+sibling%27s+dilemma

Here’s my Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35714147-a-sibling-s-dilemma?from_search=true

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