May 6, 2012

Interview with Author Rosanna Leo

For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is launching April 23 through, and I couldn't be happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well, supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god Eryx. Sparks begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my characters. It is so hard to "put them to bed" at the end of a book! An author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it's also so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family, other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can't spend a couple of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript much of the week.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don't sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn't anymore. The petty conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and have seen a few things, you realize it's all going to turn out fine. Glass half full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt, but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a sense of humor as much as I can. And let's face it, sex and romance can be very funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting "The One."
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter brothers (from Colters' Woman). Ethan, Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire Michael. These two books are my "go-to" books when I need a pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with my husband. I'd use London as a hub and travel all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York. Plus…all the Cadbury's chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we'd marry. That's how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I didn't really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I'd go to the park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd visit a friend, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
"Beware Rosanna's eyes." When I narrow them at my husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I'm always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I'm alone, I write!
You'd never be able to tell, but there are a lot of naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I'd stop eating chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through
Up in Flames- available May 28 through

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  1. Welcome, Rosanna! I'm so glad you're here today. :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me, Kayelle! It was a pleasure! :)
    Rosanna Leo

  3. Rosanna, wonderful interview. Loved learning some new things about you. Congrats on the new book.

  4. I was all about the boys too! LOL! In third grade I had a "boyfriend". Who needs a boy friend at that age? ROFL!

  5. Savannah, thanks for coming over today. Always a pleasure to see you.

    Sorcha, how right you are! We think we ae so grown up at that age, don't we? LOL ^_^

  6. Hi all; Thanks for the comments! Savannah, thanks for the congrats! Sorcha, if only Bruce from grade 3 knew how I felt!! LOL! I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only boy-crazy one!(And that not much has changed- haha!)

  7. Hey Rosanna!

    Love the premise of your book:) Congrats on the release!

  8. Hi Rosanna and Kayelle!! *waves* I LOVE the new cover! Great interview and looking forward to the new book!

  9. Danita, thank you for popping in to say hello. :)

    Pauline, *waves back*


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