We’re so pleased to welcome author Heloise West to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for If I Were Fire. Enjoy her interview, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.
WP: Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
HW: With ebooks and print books, it’s pretty much the same. Cover, blurb, and read a sample.
WP: What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
HW: My significant other and I travel when we can and most of the time, we go out of the country. Neither of speaks any other language but English. So though we’re surrounded by people in beautiful, exotic (to us) places, it is just him and me, depending on each other in a way we don’t have to at home. We’re our own bubble, bobbing along and taking in the sites with only each other to turn to. It’s exciting in a romantic way, as we’re alone yet together sharing an adventure.
WP: What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
HW: It’s not finding time and energy to write anymore as much as it’s getting anything else done these days. I am always glued to the laptop or a notebook or a research book. The weeds grow, the laundry piles higher, and I have popsicles and popcorn for lunch again.
WP: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
HW: You know, I’m pretty boring. Most of the time, people are surprised when I tell them I’m an author, but you’re not looking for that answer, are you? I got nothin’.
WP: What are your current projects?
HW: I am finishing the sequel to Hitting Black Ice (Loose Id). It’s called Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses, and it’s out to betas. Another round of revisions and off it goes to my editor. Finally. There’s a Renaissance era romantic suspense that my editor asked for revisions on way back when, so that’s next. I’m working on a steampunk novella called Burning Sky and some of that WIP is on my blog.
Blurb: In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello has returned home to find the family villa and his father’s estate steeped deeply in debt. In order to save it, he has been selling off valuable family heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa his deceased father had hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt, but Salvesto can’t find them anywhere.
Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, but his toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes and trades the last of his mother’s dowry for the young man’s freedom.
Salvesto had left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved. He had also hoped to leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues young Amadeo, he did not expect to find love again, or that his adventures had yet to end.
About the Author: Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mahem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.
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