Loucinda McGary - Author of The Treasures of Venice
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I want to say a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful folks here at Night Owl Romance for asking me to guest blog today about my newest romantic suspense, The Treasures of Venice. This story is a bit unusual because it not only has a few paranormal elements, but it also features a dual storyline.
When I first came up with the idea for The Treasures of Venice, I’d read the libretto for the opera “Jewels of the Madonna.” Well, you know how operas often are, overblown and tragic. And I’m afraid this was the case with “Jewels of the Madonna,” which I’m sure works just fine since it’s an opera, but not so fine for a romance novel. So I started thinking of a different storyline for stolen jewels.
I’d seen a picture in a magazine (I think it was The Smithsonian) of a portrait of a beautiful, young Renaissance woman named Gianna Tournabouri and thought she’d make a wonderful heroine. But she was obviously wealthy. Why would she need to steal jewels? Then I realized that, just like in the opera, someone else did the actual stealing. Someone who loved her, and I knew who!
Soon, I had a whole scenario in my mind for star-crossed lovers and stolen jewels, but it was set in 1485 Venice. Huh? I don’t write historical romances. How could I turn this story into what I did write, contemporary romantic suspense?
Back to the drawing board, or in my case the old ‘what if.’ What if the jewels were never found until now? What if the person who uncovered the whereabouts of those jewels got into big, big trouble? Okay, that covered the suspense angle.
What about the romance?
There had to be a modern day couple, but not just any couple. What if they were the reincarnated lovers from 1485? What if history was repeating itself?
And what better way to show that than a dual storyline? The biggest surprise of all for a seat-of-the-pants writer like me is that the two storylines fit together so well with almost no effort on my part. My two sets of lovers, Serafina and Nino, and Samantha and Keirnan became very real to me, and their similarities were eerie and for the most part, totally unplanned. I guess some things really are just meant to be!
I hope you enjoy reading The Treasures of Venice as much as I enjoyed writing it. Which couple do you think will appeal to you more, Serafina and Nino in 1485? Or Samantha and Keirnan in present day?
About the Author
Loucinda McGary took early retirement from her managerial career to pursue her twin passions of travel and writing, and sets her novels of romantic suspense in the fascinating places she has visited. She was a finalist in the 2006 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest in Romantic Suspense. She lives in Sacramento, CA. For more information, please visit http://loucindamcgary.com/.