Please welcome author Adrienne Giordano to Magical Musings today! I asked her join us today because, well, she is one of my favorite authors but really because she is just a really awesome person and thought you all might like to learn a bit about her and her books!
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Thank you for having me back! I write romantic suspense and romantic mystery. I live in the Chicago area now, but I’m an Italian girl from Jersey and I’m darned proud of it.
Why did you choose the romantic suspense / mystery genre and do you ever see yourself writing in another romance genre?
As a reader, I love thrillers and I love romances so romantic suspense is the jackpot genre for me. Romantic suspense gives me everything I love in one tidy package. I think romantic mystery is probably as far as I will go outside of the romantic suspense genre. I never say never though. What I’d really like to tackle is a screenplay, but that’s down the road. Right now, I’m having too much fun writing novels.
Of all the books you have published, do you have one that means the most to you and why?
I’d say Risking Trust means the most to me. It’s the first book I wrote with the intention of trying to get published, and I drafted it while sitting next to my dad’s hospital bed. After my father passed, I channeled my grief into completing the book. I’m incredibly proud of that book.
Often in romance we talk a lot about the sexy heroes of the stories. Let’s talk about your heroines instead. Do you have one that is most like you and one that you want to be most like?
Ooh, good question! I think all my heroines have a little bit of me (good and bad!) in them. Roxann (Risking Trust) is a career girl and I’ve always been career minded. On the other hand, Gina (Man Law) is a mom and her parenting style is similar to mine in that she’s a little tough, but her kids know she’ll be there for them.
The one I most want to be like is Sydney (Stealing Justice). Syd is fierce in every way. Her childhood was not easy, but she learned from it and grew into a strong woman. If someone needs saving, she finds a way to save them. She doesn’t worry about her personal stakes because she’s a survivor and has enough faith in herself to know she’ll come out of any situation.
Okay, so, I changed my mind. Let’s talk about your heroes. Which one holds a special place in your heart? You can be honest. We won’t tell the others.
What’s with these tough questions? Every one of my male characters is screaming in my head right now and it’ll only get worse when I answer this question. Even though I love them all for different reasons, Vic Andrews (Man Law) is probably the one that stands out. I think of all my heroes, his journey was the hardest for him. That makes me appreciate his grit and his willingness to change. When writing Man Law, I made Vic face his biggest fears in every way I could think of, but he kept battling me. He just wouldn’t go down. Finally, I had to get mean and he was forced to change his ways.
You recently released The Prosecutor. Can you tell us about that one? It’s a little different from your other books. Is it a stand alone or the start of a series?
Like my other books, The Prosecutor is a stand-alone, but the characters will spin off into their own books. Emma Sinclair is the heroine in The Prosecutor. She’s also a determined law student trying to prove her younger brother has been wrongly convicted of murder. When Emma discovers new evidence that might clear her brother, she is thrown in the path of Zac Hennings, the bulldog Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the case. Zac likes to win his cases and he wants to make sure a murderer stays behind bars. At least until Emma is threatened and Zac and Emma realize there’s more to the case than her wrongly convicted brother.
For The Prosecutor I knew I wanted an alpha as the hero, but I wanted someone…well…different. Zac needed to be strong, but not in a loud, aggressive way. I also wanted him to be ambitious, but not to the point where his ambition made him unlikeable. After spending a lot of time thinking about the character of Zac, I came up with a Cook County prosecutor who deals with violent crime victims on a daily basis and isn’t afraid to fight for justice on their behalf.
What do you want readers to take away from your books in general?
As a reader, I love when I get so into a book that I forget about my day-to-day tasks. Reading, for me, is like taking a mini-vacation. As a writer, my only goal is to give readers that mini-vacation I crave when reading. I love when readers tell me they stayed up late or curled up all day with one of my books. That, to me, is the best compliment I can receive.
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So tell me readers, do you have a favorite romantic suspense or romantic mystery author or book? Please tell us!
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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.