I have the pleasure to have Contemporary Romance author; Andrea Bolter visit Chicks, Rogues and Scandals and to chat with me, so take a seat and lets get to know a little about Andrea …

Andrea Bolter has always been fascinated by matters of the heart. In fact, she’s the one her girlfriends turn to for advice with their love lives. She can’t help but analyze people and imagine what goes on in their brains. A city mouse, she’s the one eavesdropping on you at a café or in the long line for the ladies’ room at a concert.

She grew up scribbling in notebooks with a poem here, a snippet of dialogue there, and an essay in between. Studying both creative and news writing in school, the first words Andrea ever got paid to write were procedure manuals for an insurance company. Not too sexy but, hey, she was off and running! Along the way, she landed as a journalist. After hundreds of articles and a couple of awards, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction, first by publishing short stories.

Even with her soft spot for tales of loves, she credits more than just snooping and romance writing as her influences. She loves travel and music and movies. It might be a romantic comedy she’s seen a hundred times that inspires her forward into a new idea.

Lucky enough to have lived in great cities like New York and San Francisco, Andrea calls her childhood stomping ground of Los Angeles home. She’ll have to write her and her husband’s story into a novel someday. Meeting very young they dated for a few years, then separated for five, but found their way back to each other. Together, they have one marvelous daughter.

Andrea is jumping-up-and-down-thrilled to be part of the romance community! Say hi via email or social media.

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Frankie Hi Andrea, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Andrea Ever-changing, funny, kind, over-analytical, impatient.

Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, when and where would it be? And Why?

Andrea I live in Los Angeles, and I would like to throw back time and be here about 1915-1925 when the movie industry was forming. There was such an amazing influx of creativity, and so many people came here that the city blossomed. It was an interesting time to be a woman. Plus, there was lots of decadence and debauchery!

Frankie Ooh, how fabulous! Can you tell us a little about latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and-coming release.

Andrea In HER LAS VEGAS WEDDING, world-renowned chef Shane Murphy has fallen from grace and needs to get back on top. Partnering with hotel owner Audrey Girard leads not only to a professional collaboration but a personal one. Along the way, we’ll take in all of the crazy wonder that is Las Vegas – the amazing restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, and all of the glitz and glam.

I’m new to romance writing (in my former life I was a journalist) but so far I’m finding that the hero of the story is what comes to me first. Shane is one of those hot messes who just needs the right woman. He’s incredibly sexy, driven, passionate and emotional, also noble with his priorities and heart in the right place. I hope readers will fall in love with him, he’s irresistible.

Frankie He sounds wonderful 😉 Who was your childhood hero?

Andrea My maternal grandparents. For anyone lucky enough to be close to their grandparents, isn’t “Grandma’s House” a special place? Where you can let your hair down, so to speak, and leave your pressures at the door for a little while. Grandparents are so easy to talk to and always build you up and make you feel good about yourself. I’m so grateful that my daughter has gotten to have the same experience with my parents.

Frankie Aww, that is lovely and so true, If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character?

Andrea This would be another time travel but HER NEW YORK BILLIONAIRE’s Ethan would be Colin Firth when he was in his 30s. Ethan is alpha yet thoughtful, funny yet restless, successful yet damaged.

Frankie Oooh, very nice! Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Andrea I have a book coming out in September, THE ITALIAN’S RUNAWAY PRINCESS. I think the hero, Gio Grassi, is my favourite yet. He’s a techie billionaire, so right off the bat I find that intriguing. He’s a brainiac whose mind is immersed in mechanics and algorithms. But he heads a multi-billion dollar corporation and is always one step ahead of everyone. And because, hey, it’s a romance novel he’s tall, handsome and smokin’ hot.

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Andrea I guess it’s just a fascination with romantic relationships. The highs and the lows, the miscommunications, the attraction. My biggest influences have been romantic comedy movies, so I love the dialogue and banter that couples get into. (In case you’re wondering, When Harry Met Sally is my all-time favourite.) Also, I like to really delve into the place my story is set so we get swept away to exciting locales.

Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Andrea I think it was Nora Roberts who put in most succinctly – Ass in Chair! Because I’ve been a writer for a long time (non-fiction, short stories and now novels) people always tell me about this great idea they’ve had in their head, or about the novel in their file cabinet that they’ve been working on for ten years. And they ask what my secrets and methods are. In the end, I think there is only the work. I sit down five times a week, on average, and fill blank pages with words. It doesn’t matter if they’re good, that’s a later step. The point is that I’m showing up on a regular basis.

Frankie Great advice, thank you! If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Andrea Because music is so important to me, I’d have John Lennon and Paul McCartney. We could talk about what actually goes into creating music. Why that chord there, why the flute here? And about arranging, recording and performing. The poetry of lyrics. I think they’d also have plenty to say about the world at large and the times we’ve lived in. Then I’d invite Jane Austen so we could have plenty of gossip and giggles.

Frankie Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Andrea Cake, cake and more cake!

Frankie Ha,ha! I love it, Thank you Andrea.

Andrea’s new book; Her Las Vegas Wedding is out now and can be found on Amazon.

HER LAS VEGAS WEDDING

From a convenient fiancé …

to an inconvenient attraction!

When hotel heiress Audrey Girard’s safe, convenient wedding to a business partner is called off, she’s left to contend with her ex-fiancé’s brother—wild, brooding chef Shane Murphy. And there’s certainly nothing safe about Audrey’s attraction to Shane—every day they work together is even more dangerously tempting! Could there be a Las Vegas wedding in the cards after all?

Purchase at Amazon.

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