Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Laura Tolomei: In May, look for "Re-Scue" publisher FDWP, a controversial yet intriguing M/F, M/M & m‚nage fantasy & contemporary where destiny ties two characters in a passionate game of blood and sex, played out in three different stories spanning time and space. Apparently, it's the classic tale of the hunter chasing its prey through different lifetimes, but it's much more.Like my already published novel, "Divinitas", it deals with central themes in my writing such as re-incarnation, destiny, love and betrayal. However you lived your past, today you're the key to changing your future, is in fact the book's message. Like most of my works, it challenges the reader's mind also due to its three-separate-story structure and different heroes. My two characters are very intense and they change throughout the three stories, even if it's the same two souls that repeat their journey on Earth to learn their important lessons Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Laura Tolomei: Born in Rome in 1965, I started an early career in traveling. At the age of 5 my parents brought me to Nigeria, where I stayed until I was 10. Then we moved to Atlanta, GA where I finished high school and went one year college at Emory U. It was right about then I discovered my passion for writing. I continued in my world wide experience by living a brief spell in India, too, one of the greatest cultures on Earth, according to my modest opinion. When I moved back to Rome, I graduated in Political Science and work in the field of international trade so I can follow both my passions, writing and traveling. Today I write and publish in both Italian and English in a variety of fiction genres, going from contemporary to dark fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, M/M, M/F & m‚nage.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Laura Tolomei: I'd be Sean Davis, the perfect prey, but also the most intelligent one because he'll try to find a way to beat the hunter at his own game.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Laura Tolomei: My first published work is "Trespassing All Hallows Eve" released October 15, 2008 by eXtasy Books. It's a personal interpretation of the beginning of the Halloween myth as seen through Brighit's eyes, a fascinating alien that comes from another world but soon finds a place in our myths. Throughout the ages, she has been revered as a Celtic and Hindu goddess while today we honor her as St. Brigid. This adventurous F/F, M/M & m‚nage tale spans time and space in a variety of genres, dark fantasy, paranormal, Halloween to give readers a rare insight on a fascinating world that can still be alive if only through our imagination. Yet, since my novels all have multiple reading levels, it's also a passionate love story between Brighit and her Indian guru, Gourav, living their burning desire in ancient India, at the beginning of human history itself, until tragedy strikes. But love never dies and Brighit will find it once more though the eyes of her Roman centurion Aurelius and his lover Attilio.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Laura Tolomei: The first thing that inspired me was the call for submission to the eXtasy Anthology "Sanguinary Seductions". The main theme was blood so it got me thinking about destiny and two souls inevitably tied to their bloody passionate game until a whole novel came out. Of course, it was too long for an anthology so I had to write "Hunted", one of my best short stories so far. Music, too, works miracles on my brain, maybe because I can't live without it. My usual working routine includes listening to music all day long. That's probably my greatest inspiration. When writing "Re-Scue" I listened to a lot of George Michael (one of my all time favorites), Seal, Craig David, Norcheeba, Tom Baxter.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Through time, there's a lot of changes.
Through lives, there's a lot of mistakes.
The only bond between time and lives is destiny.
Sometimes, you can recognize your changes and your mistakes.even your destiny. But ARE YOU WILLING AND READY TO ACCEPT IT?
"I think it's our destiny to try and find each other."
"Still, I wonder why, especially since it's never such a great ending between us. We've lived more tragedies than anything else."
"That's because you have trouble with following rules, sweetie."
"Rules you established without ever consulting me."
"It wasn't your decision to make," Leon observed coldly. "Besides, they weren't hard to follow."
"Really?" Sean raised his head. "Then, let's make it that you fall in love with me for a change, so that I can leave you.or worse."
Leon toppled him with his weight, pinning him down on the bed. "Listen, sweetie, this time we're two men, so it'll be easier to put aside the limited heterosexual logic. We can finally have fun without commitments, ties or bullshits like love."
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Laura Tolomei: I wrote my first English full length novel in 2006 and knew it would be worth publishing straight away. Of course, I had to deal with my share of rejections, until eXtasy accepted it at the end of 2007. And I've been riding high ever since.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Laura Tolomei: The best advice is to believe in myself always, no matter what others may say or think. The worst, maybe you shouldn't write at all since there are so many writers around. Hey, I know competition's tough out there, especially with so many wonderful writers around, but I know I have something to say, which people may be interested in knowing.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Laura Tolomei: I usually don't stick to a single method. Sometimes, I see the book in my head, every single line as uttered by the narrator or the characters, follow through the entire plot scene by scene before I start writing. This works perfectly during the summertime when I can lie half naked under the merciless sun and concentrate on my stories. That's how I wrote my entire Virtus saga, which the first two episodes will be out soon by eXtasy, "Virtus: Erotic Empowerment" and "Virtus: Erotic Control". Other times, I have a general idea and just sit at my computer and start writing. This works fine, too, since I recently wrote "To Seduce a Soulmate".
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Laura Tolomei: My perfect hero is a borderline character, never too good or too bad, but a little bit of both like it often happens in real life. Leon Sterling from "Re-Scue" would be the perfect example of a hero who's determined, ruthless, leaning on the sanguinary, but always living his life passionately. He enjoys life to its fullest as it should be, without moral or ethical qualms. The only thing I ask of a hero is that he be honest. I hate lies, in any form, especially the ones people tell themselves to assuage their consciences. So my heroes always admit if they're doing something wrong.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Laura Tolomei: I'd love to write a sci-fi novel, but I lack the knowledge to do so. I mean, I should learn more about technology and futuristic developments in order to write something credible about a hi-tech world.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Laura Tolomei: A whole lot of things. Due out by eXtasy Books, "Roman Seduction", the passionate M/M historical prequel to my novel "Trespassing All Hallows Eve" and "Spying the Alcove", M/M contemporary in which an Italian archaeologist spies a Roman matron's passionate love scenes through a magic medallion. I've also finished "To Seduce a Soulmate", M/M contemporary out for Christmas by eXtasy, in which our hero discovers that to find a soul mate is easy, but to seduce him will be the real challenge. And don't miss Halloween release "Blood Lust", another M/M dark fantasy novel based in Celtic England where an evil sorcerer will meet love and destiny in an unexpected twist of fate. Finally, be on the look out for the VIRTUS saga, "Virtus: Erotic Empowerment" and "Virtus: Erotic Control", and last but not least "Tasting Leon's Mark".
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Laura Tolomei: Since it's mostly a work of fantasy, I didn't need to research a whole lot for "Re-Scue". The real theme, re-incarnation, is something I've always believed in and studied extensively along the way, especially during my stay in India. Usually though, I use Internet, a great source of info and stories. I don't enjoy the actual searching, sometimes it takes too long to find the things I'm looking for and my eyes get tired easily. But once I find what I need, it opens my mind to new possibilities and even stretches my stories beyond my original intentions..
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Laura Tolomei: That I have an active imagination, sometimes too active for my own good, which manufactures stories that I personally could never live. Take "Re-Scue" for instance. I could never be a part of a relationship were my lover had to cut and slice my skin in order to get turned on, not even if my destiny forced me to do so. Just the mere thought of blood and pain make me sick, yet I had no trouble whatsoever to describe in my latest release, "Sacrificial Sex", a human blood sacrifice in all its gory details. And I made it exciting, too.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Laura Tolomei: No, unfortunately I don't have the time.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Laura Tolomei: From "Roman Seduction", the passionate prequel to "Trespassing All Hallows Eve", my Halloween 2008 release by eXtasy Books, a brief unedited excerpt that tells of Aurelius and Attilio's-Brighit's future lovers-first meeting in Alexandria, Egypt.
Aurelius glanced once again at the striking man in uniform, standing tall under the hot Alexandria sun. The square was empty now, most people having gone to lunch, rest or simply hide from the merciless heat. Yet, he stood next to the table, unwavering, seemingly unaffected by the burning rays.
It was not the first time Aurelius had seen him. The Roman army devoted time and effort on recruitment, hoping to attract the younger generation into a glorious service. /And they even use their best men for the job,/ Aurelius thought, sending another furtive glance to the fair centurion dressed in a tunic and heavy high-strapped sandals. Ruggedly handsome with dazzling blue eyes set in a carved face, he had not escaped Aurelius's hungry gaze, holding it tight with his heavy nose, thick lips and especially the short light-brown hair that turned golden under the sunlight. /Probably Greek origins,/ Aurelius mused, /rather than classical Roman./ Being a mixed race himself-Egyptian mother and Roman father-he sympathized with the man for half-breeds seldom had a place of their own in Roman society. Luckily, the army welcomed them warmly and more than one had made their fortunes in it
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Laura Tolomei: I'd like to tell readers of my passion for cats. Those furry, sleek, elegant, intelligent, incredible felines drive me crazy. I live with 5 of them, each one a different personality and look, though I'd love to keep many more. Not only are they a pleasure of the eyes and hands, but they even influenced the choice of my nickname. As you probably noticed, all my Internet references, from mail address, to website, to MySpace and Facebook pages are entitled Lalla Gatta. In Italian, Lalla is an affectionate nickname for Laura and Gatta means female cat. So if you're looking for me on the net and can't find me, just type "lalla gatta" and a world will open up right in front of your eyes.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Laura Tolomei: Here are my Internet references:
As for groups, I'm a member of many, including the Night Owl Romance http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nightowlromance/
Thank you for this opportunity!