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Interview with Christina Dodd
1. In September your new Scarlet Deception Series launches with Secrets of Bella Terra. Can you tell us a little about this series?
Secrets of Bella Terra introduces the Di Luca family of Bella Terra Valley. Over the last century, even in the face of Prohibition, they’ve stayed true to their Italian heritage and built a small empire based on wine and hospitality. The series follows the three brothers: Eli, Rafe, and Noah Di Luca as they find love and search through the valley for clues to the mysterious missing wine bottle.
2. What inspired you to set the story in wine country? Is the vineyard in the book based on a real place?
My husband and I love to visit wineries, and have spent time in California’s wine country. As we’ve tasted wines and listened to the vintners, I’ve noticed the close bonds that keep these families working together and working the land. I knew I’d love to center a story around a family like that, and of course, work in some mystery and romance.
3. You write historicals and paranormals in addition to contemporary novels like Secrets of Bella Terra. Do you approach each type of novel differently?
I get ideas from everywhere – movies, music, stories, TV shows. So my approach to each novel is the same in a way. Grab an idea and make it into an amazing, funny, sexy story. My romantic suspense and contemporary paranormal novels generally require less research than my historicals do…
4. What’s your typical day like? Do you write in the morning, the afternoon, etc?
One of the best things about my job is that I can work whenever I want. That said, I certainly have to get in a certain amount of seriously productive hours per day. I like to cook, garden, read, workout (check out my Sweat Achieved page on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDoddSweatAchieved ), and spend time with my husband. I talk with my fans on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDoddFans and Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinaDodd . But I’m always writing under a deadline, so I structure my day around getting plenty of time to put my butt in the chair and write!
5. What are you working on now? What can readers look forward to next?
Right now, I’m hard at work on the final book in the Chosen Ones series (out August 2012), as well as the third book in the Scarlet Deception series, which starts August 2010 with SECRETS OF BELLA TERRA!
Visit Bella Terra and meet the Di Luca family on my website: http://christinadodd.com/home_contemporary.html
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