Sunday, April 8, 2012
Interview with Kerry Adrienne author of Senator Mine
Eleanor’s dream of a romantic tour of Italy shatters when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her in Pompeii. Determined to enjoy the once in a lifetime vacation, she enlists the 1NS service. She continues her trip, stopping to buy a small golden signet in a mysterious antiquities shop in Rome.
Darius, a hard-working Senator in Ancient Rome, is puzzled by the Sibyl’s words: You will not find love in your lifetime. Hoping to find a measure of happiness, he agrees to the Sibyl’s quest. In the olive grove, he spots Eleanor, a barbarian wearing his stolen senator’s ring.
A night spent together may be just what they both need to break down the columns of time that stand between them.
“What is it?” She moved closer to examine the object he held.
“A senator’s ring from the time of Augustus.” He waved the item with a flourish. “A rare and beautiful find, for a deserving young woman.”
The golden circle sparkled in the half-light like the wedding band that shone in her dreams. She tried to control her sharp intake of breath.
“A rather personal memento, wouldn’t you say?”
“Which senator?” Gorgeous. What a find. Was it legal to take it out of the country? Surely it held historical significance.
“Yes, it can be exported,” the shopkeeper said. “We don’t know who owned the signet, as many records of the Senate at that time were lost, but it has been cleared by the Antiquities Commission.”
She hadn’t mentioned exporting it aloud. Had he read her mind? No, that wasn’t possible. She squirmed. Nothing about the shop or its contents felt normal. One thing was certain. The ring was amazing. And perfect.
“What does the engraving say?” she asked.
She drew in a quick breath, as a gasp of warm air breezed across her neck, making the hairs stand. She shuddered. I’ve been watching too many old movies.
“As common as the name was at the time, no senators named Darius are on any rolls.” The shopkeeper pushed it closer to her face. “And Madame Eve recommends it. What do you say?”
“How much?” Eleanor whispered.
“Ah.” The shopkeeper grinned. “What price would you pay for a little ring that will change your life forever?”
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I'm excited to introduce my lovely editor from Entangled Publishing, Kerry Adrienne, who has an exciting new release out. I've learned so much from working with her and grown as an author. She's answered a bunch of my questions, and even put in a hint at what Entangled Publishing is looking for, so read on:
1. Did you have to do a lot of historical research to write Senator Mine?
I did. I have a minor in Classical Studies, but I still had to do a lot of research. I looked up the roads in Rome and I looked up the layout of the buildings and ruins on the Forum. I researched the sibyl’s temple and her duties and the areas around the temple—especially the river. I researched the clothing and customs and food of the time period. I spent way more time researching than I did writing!
2. What drew you to the time period of Ancient Rome?
I have always been drawn to Rome and Greece. I am not sure why.
3. I visited the Colosseum in high school and I was disappointed because it looks so old and crumbly. (silly me) Have you ever been to Rome or want to go?
I have been to Rome a million times—in my dreams. Never once in person—yet. We plan to spend a month in Europe for our 25th anniversary in 2014, and at least a week of that will be in Rome. I’m pretty excited already.
4. Being an editor and a writer, do you have to shut off your editor self in order to be creative?
I do try. It is very difficult to do. I’ve gotten much better at doing it though—I can get lots of words down without self-editing now. Then I tear it up and yell at it on the next pass.
5. This question is for my blog readers who are also authors: Give us a few adjectives for what Entangled Publishing is looking for right now.
Scintillating! Visionary! Passionate! Distinctive!
6. Tell us about your druid book coming out after Senator Mine!
Senator, Mine is book#1 in the All Mine series and Druid, Mine is book#2. Druid, Mine comes out around summer solstice. It is also a time travel and takes place on solstice eve in Ireland. Both books are part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series. http://www.decadentpublishing.com/index.php?cPath=75_105
7. Where can we follow you on the web?
Thanks for joining us today, Kerry!