Interview with Francesco
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.
Tell us about yourself, please.
I am the Crown Prince of La Città Natale di Alba, The Birthplace of Dawn. My parents have decided that it is time for me to marry and produce heirs, and continue my grooming to rule our kingdom. The problem being, the endless parade of potential brides has left me feeling suffocated and less than interested in my destined role as ruler.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
When I first spotted my beloved, she was in a small village, and I was directed to the La Locanda di Pericoli Nascosti, (The Inn of Hidden Dangers), an Inn owned by her mother, the stunning Bella Venezia. I didn’t realize that Bella was a jealous woman who hated any other as beautiful as she is. She kept her own daughter imprisoned in a tower, out of sight, and out of reach of any man who desired her. And I desired her more than any other woman I have ever known or seen. I was determined to make her my queen, but first had to find a way to reach her.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Fear that I will not be strong enough to do what is asked of me, to rule my people as they deserve. To keep the love of my fair Caparicia.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
Bella told me her daughter was dead, that she arranged this still fills me with rage. No amount of threatening or anger could undo what she had wrought, until the arrival of my brother, and a witch who was willing to help.... though the price she would ultimately ask was a high one.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Capricia, the fair and innocent girl who stole my heart, and my ability to think about any other. She is kind, gentle, beautiful, and strong, all a man could desire in a queen for his people.
What is your family like?
My brother, Matteo, is my best friend. He would have made a fine king, but he was not interested in the burdens of ruling. Ironically, the burden he did choose to carry is one much heavier than ruling our kingdom has ever been. I miss him, and curse his Fate each dawn.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
I am happy with my story because my queen is at my side, and she is the joy in my life. What I am not happy with is the fate of my brother, but I have no given up hope that one day his burden will be lifted and he will find his way back to us.
About the Writer
Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write. In the past half dozen years, I’ve released books in all lengths and genres, and it’s something I hope to continue to do for many more years. A visit to my websites will show the diversity of what is currently available, as well as other surprises and extras!
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The biggest challenges with this book were to do the original fairytale justice, keep the sequence, but also to add some touches of my own to the existing storyline. To do that meant writing succinctly, and not allowing the story to expand into wordiness that would run it off on tangents not relevant to the main story. I hope it worked!
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Today is release day for this book, but apart from that, I love Francesco and his brother Matteo, they are regal and formidable, and passionate.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
My publisher has suggested a sequel, and I am toying with the idea of telling Matteo’s story, since his nobility is beyond question and there is a very intriguing story there waiting to be told.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I am exceedingly shy, and probably that this is one of the very few books I have published new in over two years as I’ve worked at rediscovering my passion for writing and telling stories.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
If you like traditional fairytales with a hint of sexy sensuality, this is a story that has those elements and is basically a short, fun read that I hope makes everyone smile at the end of it.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you – always – for your continued support and enthusiasm for the worlds I love to explore and create. I hope they bring you a small amount of joy because that is where the real success of our work lives.
About the Book
Genre: Sensual romance
Author: Denysé Bridger
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
In the town of Favola, a prince and a lovely girl imprisoned by her mother's jealousy find passion and love... but will it be enough to outsmart the machinations and fury that their devotion inspires in the beautiful Bella Venezia? An Italian fairytale is re-told for an adult audience....
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