Hidden Heart | Romantic Women's Fiction | March 25, 2011
Tessa Cosma is a deceptively sweet businesswoman who knows how to ride the wave of chaos in corrupt, post-communist Romania to maintain the lifestyle she so carefully built for herself. Her ideal world shatters when an unplanned pregnancy ends after a brutal assault. To compound her troubles, she must unravel a fraud accusation that threatens her reputation and career. Alessandro Santinelli, the charismatic Italian banker with whom she spent an incredible, lust-filled night months ago, comes to her rescue. But Tessa refuses his help and chooses to rise above the devastating forces of death, betrayal and fraud to prove her innocence and discover her true self. Throughout Tessa's journey towards forgiveness and redemption, Alessandro guards over her from a distance. He provides her the space and time she needs to heal, meanwhile hoping to recapture something he believes was lost and unattainable.
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
While receiving feedback for my debut novel "Hidden Heart", it's an ongoing latest news, I'm proud to announce that I finalized the cover and began the final edits on my second novel, a war romance titled "A World Apart". The novel should be out by the end of December this year and I'm really excited!
Please describe your writing environment.
A naturally-lit lavender room with a desk set by the window, where dense palm leaves brush up against it. On my desk I have several books (dictionaries, grammar, etc); a few trinkets (three bears, two elephant candle-holders and a rare round stone). I need complete silence when I write. I love my milk with coffee (yes, you read correct-it's milk with coffee and not vice-versa. It takes a cup of coffee divided in 4, then add milk to the brim and drink one hot cup at the time, until about 2pm).
Let the story pour in!
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Writing in English. Let me explain: English is not my maternal, not my second, but my third language. I'm born and raised in Romania. Before I moved to the U.S. in September of 2003, I lived in Austria, Germany and Hungary. Love took me to Austria, work to Germany and month-long vacations to Hungary. Then I returned to Romania for about five years, before love found me again. This time it brought me here to the States.
Looking back, I realize that every single place I've been to, its people, its traditions, culture and language, every memory helped me create characters with different backgrounds and lifestyles, adding spices to the story. Aside from the romantic tone in my novels, my heroes are always coming from different countries. I use English as the books' language not necessarily because it's my adoptive tongue, but because no matter where we travel in the world, English is the catalytic, love's language, as I like to call it.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My best supporter is my son, Patrick. It took me a while to tell my husband, but when I finally found the courage, I realized how silly I've been not telling him from the beginning.
If I look at all the evenings my family spent alone, all dinners they had to figure out, all the questions remaining unanswered because my head was somewhere in the clouds, well I feel blessed to have their support--I couldn't do it without them.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm reading "Gifted" by Karey White. The book surprised me, so much that after turning the light off and laying in bed for thirty minutes unable to fall asleep because of the story, I had to turn the lights on and read... the end of the book. I never do such thing, but then again the book touched a very sensitive cord and couldn't help. It made me reflect about what matters most--family, love, health--things we all tend to drift away due to the crazy busy life we lead.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
Don't await one because I don't query. When "Hidden Heart" was in the final edits I sent out a few query letters (maybe 5) and got one rejection letter. So I decided to self-publish and never looked back. I have way too many stories in my head, but not enough time to write them all, even less time to wait for "The Call".
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
None, but I would love to hear from others.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I do have a dog, her name is Bella (half Bichon and half Maltese). I brought her from Romania with me and I'm proud to tell you that she understands commands given in both languages, Romanian and English. She's often my buddy when I write, sitting quietly next to me.
I can't tell that she influences my writing, but she sure makes me laugh a lot.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Hugh Jackman not only because he is my favorite actor, but he strikes me like a humble guy, with a lot to talk about...
Thank you for this opportunity, I had fun sharing glimpses from my world. For more information about me please visit online.