Saturday, February 02, 2013
Louise Rose-Innes tells us a little about her latest, The Italian Inheritance!
Delighted to welcome a fellow ROSA here today, and seriously, how can anyone NOT feature a book with such a gorgeous cover???
Louise Rose-Innes is one more of those fabulous authors from South Africa, the kind who bring romance to another level while giving you a glimpse of foreign lands and flavour.
Check out her latest... and again, I need to point out... What a fantabulous cover!!!
Welcome on board, Louise! Pull up a chair and grab a virgin mojito (sorry, no alcohol here. I do have tons of Lindt chocolate, though *grin*)
Tell us about this book! Curious minds want to know! J
My latest release is called The Italian Inheritance and it’s about an English nurse who suddenly discovers a letter from a mysterious man to her mother, and jumps to the conclusion that he must be her father. So she goes to Italy to try and track him down, only to find she’s heir to a vast family fortune – if she can prove that she really is the missing daughter. It’s a fun, fast read with a sassy heroine, reeling from the shock of her discovery, trying to make sense of her life. It also features a rather cynical attorney, with major trust issues stemming from a rough childhood, who doesn’t believe she’s the true heir and is determined to prove it!
Ooooh! Sounds totally like my kind of read! I actually have this on my Kindle, you know. Need to move it up my TBR pile...
In 5 words or less:
Your book – A fun, fast and passionate read.
Your heroine – The sassy and sensual Anna Crawford.
Your hero – Darkly cynical and distrustful.
You as an author – A happy-ever-after kind of gal!
Let's say your book is a movie – which one does it most closely resemble?
I’m not sure, but I think it would need someone like Scarlett Johansson in the starring role. Raoul Bova would have to be Rafael.
Now this movie needs a soundtrack – what songs/tracks best fit your book?
Something with an Italian sound. Perhaps some hot summer tunes by Eros Ramazzotti.
Oh, swoon! Eros Ramazzotti has the most divine voice... J
Your characters end up in a world where everyone's a fashionista – how do they dress and what are they wearing?
Well, my hero is Italian and a pretty snappy dresser. He always looks scorching in Armani Jeans and causal T-shirt, or a beautifully cut suit for work. My heroine, Anna, is less of a fashionista, she’s a maternity nurse and really cares about people, so she’d dress more simply in Calvin Klein or Donna Karan.
My kind of man... *grin*
What’s their favourite food?
As my story is set in Italy, my characters enjoy light summery Italian cuisine.
As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. What’s the idea behind this book, and how did it come about?
I went to Capri a couple of years ago with a girl friend and knew instantly that I had to set a romance novel there. It was just a matter of coming up with the right story. I was inspired by the people I met, especially on Ischia, which is a neighbouring island to Capri, and somehow they morphed into characters in my novel.
Tell us a bit about you, and something we don't know/wouldn't expect about you.
I was a real surfer girl growing up. I spent my afternoons barefoot on the beach with a surfboard under my arm.
Hats off! Just watching people on a surfboard is enough to make my heart stop! J
What’s your favourite moment of the day, and why?
Morning, about an hour after I wake up, when I’ve got my son off to school, and I can sit back and enjoy the early morning sunshine with a cup of tea.
What’s your biggest indulgence?
I love sticky, toffee pudding, but limit myself to one about once every six months!
Once every 6 months??? Can you share that kind of discipline with me, please, pretty please? I can never hold up for more than a week!
I hate repeating myself or doing things twice.
What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?
I’m a fun-loving person and like to think I have a great sense of humour, so I try to inject some of that into my writing. I like to make readers smile.
Best advice you've received, and that you'd want others to know?
Keep at it. It’s only after you’ve finished about three books that you really come into your own writing style. Perseverance pays off!
Very true! My own writing sailed off after I found my voice post Book3.
Where can we find you and your books?
My first three books are available from Amazon.com (Kindle Store), and my recent romantic suspense will be available from Entangled Publishing later this year.
The Italian Inheritance: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VJ1M44/
Antarctic Affair: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VYBSRG
Lessons in Love: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046A9Q1E
Thanks so much for coming over today, Louise! These books sound amazing and I'm off to go check them out. J
From Mauritius with love,