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What do you love most about writing? Well, I’m a journalist by trade, so what I really love about fiction is that you can make things up! It’s so nice not to have to interview anyone, or wait for them to call you back, or triple-check facts for a change (though you do have to check your research). I can push the characters onto whatever path I want to (so long as it suits the plot) and make them utter witty one-liners on the spot in a way I could never do in real-life.
What do you think makes a good story? Likeable characters, a truth/honesty about a story – as in, it being relatable to readers and touching on everyday issues and the like – a happy ending, a hunky hero you can have a massive crush on, believability, a dash of humour, and a bit of fantasy escapism.
What is your ideal holiday destination? I have ALWAYS wanted to go to New York. I think I’ve watched my Sex and the City DVDS, oh, about a trillion times, and I adore it when films are set there. Hmm, maybe if I plant the seed in print, it’ll be like one of those affirmation thingies, and actually come true. A girl can hope!
Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go? The Big Apple, as above! But also the Maldives sounds pretty swish. I wouldn’t mind having one of those celebrity-style private villas on the water... I’ve done a little of the South of France and wouldn’t mind exploring that region more either. St Tropez, here we come!
What one item do you always pack when you travel? My tweezers. Perfectly manicured eyebrows are a must, even on holidays (and I’m a dark-haired Italian!)
Tell us a little about your current release ….. It’s called Second Chance and it’s out through Penguin’s Destiny Romance (www.destinyromance.com). It may have been a little inspired by my youth in the nineties. Here’s the blurb… On the night of her 35th birthday, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets. The celebrations have turned sour and life hasn’t gone according to plan. She wishes she could be 20 again. Then she finds herself zapped back in time, landing in the summer of 1998 when she was 20 years old. The Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and the X-Files is the hit TV show. It’s also the week Flora's life unravelled.
For Flora, this is a chance to change her future: win back the love of her life, stay friends with her former best mate and succeed in landing her dream job. It should be easy. But her ex’s best friend, Lance Devic, who she never really noticed before, keeps popping up and messing with her head. And after a while Flora begins to wonder if living in the past really will deliver her the happiness she seeks?