This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author
"Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a number one best seller in her pocket," says one Amazon reviewer. Alice loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. She’s been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. So far she’s published fifteen novels, three novellas and a memoir – both traditionally and independently. Alice wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells, as a gift to the writers' community. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, "This book has it all." And calls her novels, "Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story." Most of all, Alice is thrilled to hear from readers. Visit her website at http://www.aliceorrbooks.com. Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
Interview with Alice Orr
Why did you write this book?
I’m fascinated by complicated families. You might call them messed-up families. I come from one. Many people I know come from one. The Kalli family is central to my Riverton Road series. They are definitely complicated, but they aren’t what I’d call messed-up because they’re all about love and loyalty. Vanessa (the heroine of A Villain for Vanessa) is a Kalli on one side, but she’s a Westerlo on the other. The Westerlo family is a mess in some pretty bizarre, maybe even evil ways. There’s been a murder in their midst after all. I wanted to find out how Vanessa would deal with being thrust into such a situation. Plus how she’d handle the added confusion of falling in love at the same time. Something similar once happened to me, minus the murder. Vanessa copes better than I did. Creating her and her story was my do-over opportunity.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My Suspense love affair began very innocently with reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers. I’ve been a late-night reader ever since, and danger has always felt like the natural companion for darkness. The stakes are much higher in the stories I read now than they were for Nancy Drew. I also like a love story in the mix these days. Life or death? Happiness or heartbreak? That’s what keeps me turning pages, with or without a flashlight.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
She comes from the romantic side of my bookshelf. Though there’s suspense in her story and a lot at stake too. My favorite character is, and probably always will be, Katie Scarlett O’Hara. I have no excuse for it. I know she’s a bad girl. She’s selfish and willful. She’s a liar and a man-thief. She’s also strong and determined, and she refuses to give up no matter what obstacles are stacked in her path. Not even those dirty Yankees can stop her. I love her fire and her courage most of all. Like I said, I know she’s a bad girl. But I’ve heard that good girls go to heaven while bad girls go everywhere. Maybe I just want to go everywhere, or at least imagine I have.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve begun to write Book 5 of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series. It’s called A Time for Fear and Feasting. In Book 3, I introduced a second Riverton family, the Millers of Miller’s Inn. Amanda is the middle daughter of that family. The solid, dependable daughter. Even through almost five years of widowhood, she could always be counted on as the chef at the Inn kitchen who never caused any personal heat for anybody. Now she’s ready to break away from all of that, especially from being taken for granted. A friend in serious danger gives Amanda one reason to explode out of the expected. An irresistible man named Jack gives her another.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr
A story of tangled roots and tormented love.
Two families are shaken to their roots. Vanessa Westerlo must find her roots. Bobby Rizzo is torn between Vanessa and his true roots. They are all tormented by love – past and too present. Meanwhile a man has been murdered. And that’s the most tormented tangle of all.
Alice Orr is known for “Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story.”
She does it again in A Villain for Vanessa.
A Villain for Vanessa is Book 4 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in Riverton, New York. This book features the Kalli family and the fortunate people who find safety and welcome at the Kalli homestead on Riverton Road. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series and A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Vacancy at the Inn is Book 3 and introduces the Miller family of Riverton Road Hill.
About the Book
Title A Villain for Vanessa – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 4.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Alice Orr
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R) R.
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