I have the great pleasure to welcome contemporary romance author; Andrea Bolter back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals for an exclusive chat.
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
Frankie Hi Andrea, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, Can you tell us a little about latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.
Andrea THE ITALIAN’S RUNAWAY PRINCESS will be released in the end of August/beginning of September (depending what country you live in). I’d been wanting to do some kind of runaway bride story and also to set a book in Florence, Italy. Those two inspirations came together here, with the addition of making the heroine a princess. I gorged on Florence in this one. They visit so many locations in that breathtaking city. If you like being swept into the locale of a book, you’ll like this one.
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be?
Andrea I may have answered this for you when we’ve chatted in the past, and I said Los Angeles in the 1910s-1920s when the movie business was being established. So this time, I’ll say that same time period but in New York. I love how that was a time of great development and advances, but filled with scandal, corruption and bad behaviour!
Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?
Andrea I have a habit of thinking of movie stars who are maybe too old to play the roles now but would have been right when they were younger. For Audrey in HER LAS VEGAS WEDDING I’d see a young Reese Witherspoon, a go-getter with high heels clacking across the room, like the vibe she captured so well in LEGALLY BLONDE. And for Shane, Bradley Cooper because he played the same kind of explosive chef in a movie called BURNT.
Frankie Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Andrea It’s Gio Grassi from this upcoming book. He’s a hottie tech billionaire, very Alpha while being a sexy nerd type at the same time. He was crystal clear in my head when I was writing him.
Frankie If you ever decided to write a different genre of book, which would it be?
Andrea Romantic Comedy. I find a lot to laugh about in the relations between romantic partners!
Frankie What are you reading at the minute? Or your last book you read?
Andrea The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. It’s from 1999 and considered a very influential book in the continuum of what got dubbed “chick lit,” which I never exactly understand. (I just Googled that term and got this helpful definition – “literature that appeals mainly to women” LOL!!!!)
Anyway, Girls’ Guide was terrific. It comes in a little after Bridget Jones Diary, which was released in 1996, which I consider to be the crowning achievement and indisputable masterpiece of that era.
Frankie When writing do you plan the full book ahead, or do you just go with the flow?
Andrea I definitely don’t go with the flow. I have a basic plan. I know the setting, the important story points, the conflicts, what’s going to change things, what’s the worst moment for the characters, the ending (HEA, duh!). But I don’t necessarily know how many scenes or chapters I’ll have, or exactly what happens when or how.
Frankie How do you like to relax once you’ve finished writing?
Andrea Seeing friends without any time constraints. When I’m writing, everyone knows I can meet them for a late lunch but having spent the earlier part of the day writing, I have to do laundry and errands for my parents and grocery shopping and make dinner just like every other working mom. Having extra time with my awesome girlfriends is a great reward.
Frankie Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today, Andrea. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun….
If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere over-night, no civilisation around, with nothing but your backpack what four other things would you have with you?
Andrea Of course the practical things like water, food, flashlight and protective clothing. But in my special stash I’d wish for a way to hear music. Maybe an old-fashioned transistor radio and a big supply of batteries. I can’t go a day without listening to music! In a way, music would be my survival tool to keep me from freaking out. I’d have photographs of my family (wait, this question is making me sad!). I’d have a huge anthology of short stories. To pass the time, in my mind I’d expand each and every one of them into novels or film scripts. And I hope I’d still have my wedding ring to use as a touchstone that keeps me certain I’ll be rescued.
Frankie That sounds wonderful, Thank you!
Andrea Thank you!
About the Book
The Italian’s Runaway Princess
Is life outside the palace walls everything she dreamed of?
When billionaire Gio Grassi rescues a beautiful stranger on the streets of Florence he never imagined she’d be royalty! Princess Luciana’s vivacity intrigues him. With her arranged royal wedding only weeks away, can this chance encounter change their lives forever?
You can purchased The Italian’s Runaway Princess at Amazon.