All this month “Waking Isabella” is on tour around the world with Laura Fabiani’s Italy Book Tours and there is a chance to win one of three copies in a raffle GiveAway, along with a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
You can find a schedule of all the bloggers who are featuring
“Waking Isabella” by following this link:
After finishing my debut novel “Dreaming Sophia” which in some ways is autobiographical and tells the story of a young woman – an artist and how she ends up in Florence Italy – I knew I wanted to write another story. In the first book, my protagonist Sophia meets important personalities from Italy’s history – poets, writers, movie stars, and artists – in her daydreams.
For my second book “Waking Isabella,” again I wanted to explore art and historical themes but also wanted the story to involve a bit of a mystery as well. As I have recently been spending a lot of time in Arezzo Italy, a small hill town in Tuscany leading small group language immersion programs I thought it would be a perfect setting. Not only could I take the reader to a city, not many people have heard of, but I could tell them about Arezzo’s unique jousting festival, antique fair as well the city’s traditions and a bit of its history. What pulled the entire story together for me, however, was an encounter I had with Isabella de’ Medici’s portrait that I ran into one day a museum in Arezzo. I was intrigued by the look in the Medici Princesses’ eyes, and when I started doing a bit of research about her, I knew Isabella would be a perfect character to create a story around.
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