FAE AND WITCHES AND GHOSTS - OH MY!
SPOTLIGHT ON BUZZ GUEST NINA ROMANO @ninsthewriter YA’LL! #HISTORICALROMANCE #AUTHOR OF THE WAYFARER TRILOGY. LET’S GENERATE A BUZZ!
Today my BUZZ GUEST is Nina Romano. Nina is a prolific author of novels, short stories, and poetry.
Nina has received awards for her historical romance WAYFARER TRILOGY. The first novel is called THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF WOMEN. The setting is in China during the Boxer Rebellion. Exciting!
FINALIST Foreword INDIES Reviews (2016) and 2016 IPPY Gold Medal Winner
The second book in the trilogy is called LEMON BLOSSOMS and is set in Sicily in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Another exciting time period.
FINALIST Foreword INDIES Reviews (2017)
And the third book is called IN AMERICA. It’s set in New York during the Great Depression Era. Another time period full of extreme highs and lows.
FINALIST Chanticleer Media (2017)
Nina has also penned a short story collection called THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GATES.
Nina has five poetry collections called: COOKING LESSONS; COFFEEHOUSE MEDITATIONS; SHE WOULDN’T SING AT MY WEDDING; FARWAWAY CONFECTIONS; and WESTWARD: GUIDED BY STARFALLS AND MOONBOWS.
Nina has two poetry chapter books. PRAYER IN A SUMMER OF GRACE and TIME’S MIRRORED ILLUSION.
Nina also collaborated with a few authors to share her take on WRITING IN A CHANGING WORLD.
Nina has taken the time to answer some ‘normal’ and ‘not so normal’ questions for us today.
‘Normal’ Question Spot
1. What genre do you write in?
I write fiction and poetry. My novels are historical romance because I’m fascinated by history, love to tell stories and do research, and am basically a romantic.
2. What is the name of your new book?
I am currently working on a fourth novel, the working title of which is Darby
3. What is it about?
Darby is the story of young girl on the cusp of womanhood in love with Luke Wolf, a cowboy with a past, whom she leaves in New Mexico to follow her desire to discover the world through education and study in St. Louis.
4. What was your inspiration for this book?
I’m fascinated by the old west culture. I enjoy reading books like All the Pretty Horses, True Grit, My Antonia, Lonesome Dove, and numerous others! My poetry collection, Westward: Guided by Starfalls and Moonbows, is written in the voice of varied personae, and as my poet friend Ruth Bavetta says, “is a meditation and fascination of the west.”
I love investigating a time period that I seem to be stuck in: the late 1800’s early 1900’s. I think the manuscript may be trying to be Y/A, which I’ve never attempted to write before, but I’m sure that it’ll be a crossover to adult historical fiction.
5. Do you have a favorite book(s)?
Anna Karenina, Gone with the Wind, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Deliverance, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Leopard—I read it seven times.
6. Do you have a favorite author?
I have several authors I’m currently reading now: Sally Cabot Gunning and Linda Hollman. But I’d have to say my favorite fiction authors are Tolstoy, Annie Proulx, Ayn Rand, Dostoyevsky, Steinbeck, and Dennis Lehane—we got our MFA’s together at FIU. The poets are John Donne, Mary Oliver, CK Williams, Marie Howe, Jim Daniels, Michael Hettich, Denise Duhammel, Yehuda Amichai, Ruth Bavetta, Richard Blanco, inaugural poet for Obama, also a grad of FIU, and too many others to name.
7. What inspires you?
Reading other people’s novels! Nature. Watching movies. Travel—taking cruises, voyages, trips —my husband is a world traveler and much of my poetry includes landscapes of places we have visited and toured. We lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty years and saw many European countries. We had our own boat in Italy and visited wonderful countries, such as France and Greece, and when it was a united —Yugoslavia. We cruised to many islands such as Sardegna, Ponza, Ventotenne, Palmarola, Sicily, Corsica, Capri, Ischia, Elbe and Lipari, to name a few.
Last year we travelled to China and this year we travelled to Cuba, cruised to Brazil and the Amazon River, and journeyed to Poland. I loved Poland. The people have such a marvelous history, including their diverse geography which has been changed so many times due to war and strife that it’s amazing. The Polish people are resilient and caring. So many brilliant and talented Polish people have contributed to culture and science: Marie Curie, Chopin, Nicholas Copernicus, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Kosiński.
‘Not so normal’ Question Spot
1. If you could invite any 5 people (i.e. cartoon character; famous person; rock band; poet; artist; living or dead) for a meal together, who would they be?
Can I have 7?
Thomas Hardy, simply because he is an absolute SUBLIME master novelist.
Herman Melville, whose masterpiece Moby Dick was a failure in his lifetime.
Viggo Mortenson, not because he’s an actor who does many of his own stunts, but because he’s the founder of Perceval Press, a writer and a painter, who is a lover of horses and is fluent in Spanish, which I speak, and he lived in Argentina and Denmark—two diverse and interesting countries.
Primo Levi and Ellie Wiesel, both Holocaust survivors and wonderful writers.
Cayo Bradley, a fictional character that I invented and fell in love with.
Leonardo Da Vinci for his brilliant mind—he was an inventor as well as an artist, and I speak Italian.
2. If you could travel back in time to a country for forty-eight hours with the knowledge that you would automatically transport back to the here and now where would you go?
Only forty-eight hours! There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever. I'd be with Leonardo da Vinci--painter, architect, inventor, and student of all scientific things--a natural genius and the epitome of a “Renaissance man.”
I'd sit at the master's feet, observing every one of his gestures and writings of secret notes in his many books--probably sometime during late spring one of the years between 1495 to 1498 in Milan when he painted “The Last Supper,” a masterpiece which I have been so very blessed to see with my own eyes.
It's a tempera and oil mural on plaster, created for the refectory of the city’s Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, known as “The Cenacle.” The work is huge--15 by 29 feet and his only surviving fresco. It's the portrayal of the Passover dinner when Christ says to the Apostles, “One of you shall betray me.” One of the painting’s celebratory features is that each Apostle has a varied and diverse emotional facial expression and body language. Jesus is centered among yet isolated from the Apostles.
Love your answers! And love your guest list for the ‘not so normal’ question spot and your choice of Leonardo da Vinci for your time travel answer.
YOU CAN FIND NINA AT:
Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/ninaromanoauthor/?ref=bookmarks
Twitter -> https://twitter.com/ninsthewriter @ninsthewriter
Amazon Author Page -> https://www.amazon.com/Nina-Romano/e/B00AU3T9WW/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Website -> www.ninaromano.com
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