I would like to welcome Annie Seaton the author of Italian Affair to What I’m Reading.
How are you today Annie?
I’m really good, thank you. You’ve caught me in the middle of a fabulous vacation (and researching a future book) in outback Australia!
So, can you tell us a little about Italian Affair?
Italian Affair is the story of two absolutes opposite personalities who find themselves married within a week or two of meeting. The story follows their journey as each of them changes and realizes that this love may just be for real. I loved writing it and fell in love with both of my characters! It still makes me cry when I read it and I know what happens in the end!
As a reader I’m a huge fan of marriage of convenience stories, I was wonder why you wrote a story about a marriage of convenience story?
Tom, the hero in Italian Affair is such a complex character, I realized he wasn’t going to be able to find his Happily Ever After through the development of a traditional romance. So I put him in a situation with a delightful heroine where he was challenged every step of the way. I loved seeing his character develop and sseing him fall in love.
What is your favorite trope to write?
Marriage of convenience is top of the list at the moment…but I love writing stories with very strong heroines so that really can invoke a variety of tropes
How would your characters describe each other?
Now that is a great question.
Brianna actually calls Tomas a ‘pompous prick’ early on in the story and Tom sees Brianna as a complete scatterbrain.
What makes Brianna and Tomas special to you?
They are both characters with flaws and are vulnerable, although each would be the last to admit that!
Where did you come up with the idea of Brianna a sex therapist, which is certainly not a come profession?
Brianna started off as a clinical psychologist and she loved stringing Tom along in the early part of the book. She shocks him on a number of occasions… but by the time he finds out she is a sex therapist, he knows her very well and is past being surprised.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the way my characters develop. I am an absolute panster and my characters take me places I never planned for them to go!
Who are your go to authors that you love to read?
Nora Roberts is a favorite, Essie Summers… who wrote romances many years ago and whose books I still re-read today. Inara Scott and Rachel Lyndhurst(fellow Entangled authors) are fabulous contemporary romance authors
All right last question, if you were to write your own autobiography what would your title be and why?
Driven and Determined…. Because I was determined to succeed from the first day I began writing and I have the ability to stay very focused.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to stop by and is there anything you would like to say before you leave us today?
Thanks so much for having me. I hope you all love Italian Affair as much as I do… and there is another one to look forward to. Outback Affair… the final book in the series will be out later this year!
Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.
For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.
But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.
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Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats in a house next to the beach on the east coast of Australia. She sits in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren. She has always been fascinated by all things romantic and has found her niche in life writing romance novels, ranging from contemporary to paranormal with a foray into steampunk!
Her debut full length novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March 2012 and has been a best seller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The sequel Italian Affair will be released in June 2013, followed shortly after by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Suspense and Covet imprints.
Annie has also ventured into independent publishing with her de Vargas family steampunk series: Winter of the Passion Flower and Summer of the Moon Flower. Blind Lust (Musa Publishing) a paranormal novella is a sweet romance and one of Annie’s favourites.