I love Annie Seaton’s book so much—and the author—I asked her if I could run this again with a great Q and A so you can get to know her a little better.
I know everyone asks this but why did you decide to write contemporary romance?
Ever since I read romances in my teens, I have wanted to create my own stories. I finally achieved my dream and got to create my own heroes and heroines and their happy ever afters.
What was the hardest thing you had to do when you started?
I’m going to be one of the rare people who say there was really nothing hard. After years of going to work, staying home and writing stories was easy and enjoyable for me.
What was the easiest thing?
The story…I had so many ideas in my head, the stories just flowed.
How long did it take you to finish your first manuscript and where did the idea come from?
Holiday Affair which was also my debut contemporary had come to me in a dream many years before I wrote it. It simmered away on my head for a long time. I sat down and wrote it in thirty days.
Tell me about your first contract?
My first contract was for a little novella called Winter of the Passion Flower that is now published as Adventures in Time. It was the very first story I wrote when I began to write. I subbed it to a few houses and was offered five contracts within a week. That was totally unexpected and one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. It was followed soon after for the contract for Holiday Affair and that was the very special one. Holiday Affair became a best seller in its first month out in 2012.
Do you base any of your stories on real people or places or events?
Not so much on real people… but a combination of character traits that I pick up from people all over….maybe in the supermarket… on television and people I know.
What gets you in the mood to write?
LOL.. I am always in the mood. I love my writing life .
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years?
Writing and publishing and in book shops all over the world. One can dream.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The freedom of my day. The only deadlines are mine. I love sitting at my desk and dreaming up stories. The other thing is the friends I have made in the author world.
Okay, quick fun questions:
Favorite ice cream
Fig and Ricotta Gelati ( I had it in Tuscany)
Favorite music -David Bowie (read my book Hot Rock!)
Favorite movie –Steel Magnolias
Favorite time to write- early in the morning
If you could be stranded with a movie or television star who would you pick? Johnny Depp
If someone played you in a movie who would it be and why? Anne Hathaway. I love her fey quality.
And now for the book!!!!!
Ten Days in Tuscany
by Annie Seaton
A Men of the Zodiac Novel
Men of the Zodiac novel by Annie Seaton
One lie will ruin everything…
Gia Carelli waits tables in her small Tuscan village, dreaming of a life in which her overbearing family allows her to move to Florence to pursue art. Everyone expects her to marry a nice local boy and raise a horde of bambini, but when a gorgeous, wealthy stranger visits, Gia wonders if maybe her stars are about to change.
Nic Baldini has returned to his Tuscan Villa for a much-needed break from the responsibilities of his powerful family. Struck by local artist Gia Carelli’s raw talent and passion, he finds himself wanting to help her…and lies about his identity in order to gain her trust. But as theirpatron-protegée relationship is quickly eclipsed by desire, Nic realizes that one tiny lie could cost him the woman he’s falling for.
About the Author: Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia and she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing. She has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Annie lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with “Bob” the dog and two white cats. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, a chilled glass of wine in hand as the sun sets