Today I have Rosanna Leo, a fellow author at Liquid Silver Books, who stopped by for a chat. Rosanna, thank you for coming by! Keep reading to learn more about Rosanna and her recent releases.
1. First off, let's start by having you tell us all we need to know about Rosanna Leo. How did you begin writing? What's your favorite genre?
Thanks for having me today Christy! I'm thrilled to be able to chat with you. I've been writing since I was a child, but seriously (submitting manuscripts) for over ten years now. It's my true passion, one I know I couldn't live without! I am a married mom of two wonderful boys who keep me hopping. They are 11 and 9 now and are starting to grow embarrassed of me and their dad lately, which is normal (one would hope!) However, my boys are pretty impressed with my writing, even though they know they can't read Mom's books! Mostly, I write in the paranormal genre, but also contemporary and a bit of historical.
2. So you're from Canada. Tell us a little about your hometown and has it been the setting for any of your works?
Yes! I'm from Toronto, home of the CN Tower. And it has figured in my novels. For the Love of a God was set there, and loosely based on the Royal Ontario Museum, my favorite museum ever. Sweet Hell, my July release, is also set there, in Toronto's Corso Italia, one of our Little Italies. I loved growing up in Toronto. It has a wonderful multicultural feel, lots of interesting neighborhoods and loads of good restaurants- a must for me!
3. This is a question I love to throw at authors during my interviews just because it's so unexpected. Boxers or briefs?
Well, seeing as you
asked, it depends. I love fitted boxers, and they've made appearances in
my novels too! Briefs, not so much. Although a handsome man in
briefs will still turn my eye if he fills them out well. And by
"handsome man" I mean my husband, of course!! *nudge wink*
4. In your book Up in Flames, the heroine fights her attraction to a firefighter. In your real life, do firefighters...shall we say...light your fire?
Goodness, yes! However, mostly I wrote that book because I've seen women reduced to puddles of mush over these men, and wanted to explore that idea. I think we all, in some measure, admire and lust over these everyday heroes- who wouldn't? I wanted my heroine Jules to fight that instinct. She was hurt by one, so she's not going down without a fight! :)
5. Two of your titles at Liquid Silver Books find their basis in mythology. Tell us more about them and if you could spend one day as a god/goddess which would it be and why?
Wonderful question! For the Love of a God, my first published book, is dear to me. I made up my male god for this one. There is an Eryx in Greek mythology, but he was just some king of Sicily with a boring story. I borrowed his sexy name and made my hero the god of love. In my novel, he's attracted to a statue conservator who has always had a crush on this Greek god and his statue. When they meet, worlds collide...and panties get wet!
In Sweet Hell, available July 16, I wrote about Dionysus, the legendary Greek god of wine. In my books, as in the myths, he's a randy party boy. I paired him with a workaholic, no-nonsense Italian-Canadian baker and let the sparks fly. He's her most annoying customer, and he thinks she's a loudmouh. None of that detracts from the fact that they want to rip each other's clothes off!
6. I was intrigued by your cover for Sweet Hell, an upcoming LSB release. How involved do you like to be in the cover selection process? And do you think readers today go by the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover"?
Thank-you! I LOVE being part of this process, and Liquid Silver Books has given its authors so much room to be creative. I love having a vision and being able to impart it to the amazing graphic artists who bring it to life. My covers have made me so happy because they are a realization of my dreams. And I do think we judge books by their covers. I think it's natural and part of the creative element. Nothing wrong with that! It's part of our responsibility as artists to bring these pictures to life.
7. You are a wife and mother to two boys. How do you balance your writing career with your family life?
So far, so good! Luckily, I work part-time in my local library, so I have a couple of days in which I can write every week. That really helps. And because my kids are at an age where they don't need Mom standing next to them every five minutes, it works. That being said, family time is family time. I don't write much on the weekends.
8. What can readers expect from Rosanna Leo in the coming months?
Hopefully, more books!! LOL! I have a work in progress about a Scottish Selkie, a sensual mythical shapeshifter, and I hope that one will be coming out soon. I have also just begun another mythological romance about the sexy Greek god Apollo! It was time for him to have his turn on the stage! He's so hot.
9. As a reader, who do you connect with more, the hero or the heroine?
I connect with them in different ways. Of course, I find myself drawn to the heroines, especially if I see a bit of myself in them. That makes me root for them and live vicariously through them! However, I do connect with those sexy heroes too...specifically in the sense that I want to mate with them! Did I just say that...?
10. Yes, you did, Rosanna. (wink) Growing up, we all have that one book that stands out in our mind, the book that makes us want to be a writer yourself. What book was that for you and why?
Hands down, the Narnia Chronicles. The fantasy, the characters, the entire vision just spoke to me. I think if Heaven were Narnia, as it becomes in the final book, Heaven would be a pretty cool place. I could hang with nymphs and centaurs!
11. Last but not least, where can we find more information about Rosanna Leo and her books?
I'd love it if you visited my blog www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for having me here!
Thank you for dropping by, Rosanna!
Blurb for Up in Flames by Rosanna Leo:
Juliet Baker is not looking forward to coming home after six months. Yes, the fiery brunette wants to make a go of turning her parents' farmhouse into a B&B. She’s just not looking forward to seeing the place where they died. To make things worse, she knows she'll finally have to face her cheating, firefighter ex-boyfriend.
Luckily, her sister has found Jules a boarder. Easy money, right? Not when she realizes the boarder is Captain Shane Gaskill. Not only is Shane a firefighter, he’s the town's hot new fire captain.
Jules is determined to hate all firefighters. After all, the men of that precious brotherhood protected her cheating ex. Shane, however, proves he’s different from the start. He's protective and kind, and she can't stop looking at his smoking, Viking-hot body. She learns, though, that Shane isn't so willing to love again either. He's been hurt, too. They both fight the sexual chemistry, and resulting tenderness, between them. But when a stalker begins to target Jules, they realize they can't fight their desire forever.
As the threats escalate, Shane and Jules are thrown together. The resulting passion overwhelms them. But are they willing to trust each other and surrender to the flames of love?
Blurb for For the Love of a God:
Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she's always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her.
One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.
Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?