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A quick word from Bobbi Dumas, your host.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month. You can find out more about this fun, month long event here. And check out all the great authors taking part this year on the calendar, here.
The theme this year is The Romance Of Reading, The Magic Of Books and we have an awesome assortment of writers – both romance and mainstream fiction authors – sharing about books, reading, romance & magic. I hope you’ll visit everyday.
(Also, be sure to check in to The Romance Of Reading FB page, where one of the RARM authors will be hosting the page each day in August. Today Karen Hawkins will also be on the page.)
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Anita Hughes – Dreams & Romance
At no time have I felt the magic of books more than this July, when my novel, ROME IN LOVE premiered on the Hallmark Chanel as a Hallmark Original Movie. The process started more than two years ago when a film agent approached my agent with a producer who was interested In adapting the book for Hallmark. Like many things in the publishing world, it was followed by many months of nail biting – will they option the book? And when they did (a moment of celebration including a glass of champagne!) would they actually make the movie?
Twenty-eight months later, I can say that magic does happen in publishing and in life. One of my dreams came true and ROME iN LOVE is now a Hallmark movie. ROME IN LOVE stars Italia Ricci and Peter Porte and has some actors I’ve long admired – including Vince Riotta who was in UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN – one of my favorite books that was made into a swoon-worthy movie.
When I started writing ROME IN LOVE, I had a couple of characters I fell in love with, a setting (Rome) I’ve always adored, and a plot inspired by one of my own favorite movies, ROMAN HOLIDAY.
To see these characters on my television screen is a feeling I can’t begin to describe. The producer did a terrific job and I love everything about the movie: the suite in the Hassler Hotel where Amelia stays (the scenes were filmed in the actual suite where Audrey Hepburn stayed when she filmed ROMAN HOLIDAY), Amelia’s amazing ball gowns, the Vespas buzzing through Rome traffic and of course the food! Rainbow colored gelato and creamy pastas and Italian espressos served in white cups.
Writing books and having my words read by readers is something I dreamed about since I won a national writing contest when I was eight years old. But seeing my story come alive on screen takes it a step further. I admit to having become a serious Hallmark junkie (must support the home team) and I’m so happy to have added more romance to my life!
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Beatriz Williams – beatrizwilliams.com – @Amazon
I also love Beatriz Williams. Her books combine history with romance and have terrific characters and settings. Her latest, THE GOLDEN HOUR is her best yet!
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
My oldest son got married last month and there is nothing more magical than a wedding in the family. To know someone loves your child as much as you do, and to envision the magic they will create in their shared futures is as good as it gets.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
Like many authors who are about my age, reading PRINCESS DAISY by Judith Krantz was a magical experience. The characters were so real and the settings so exotic and romantic. It was like receiving a box of chocolates and being allowed to eat every piece.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
I had a “magical moment” when I was writing CALIFORNIA SUMMER – it came out last year and is set in Montecito. The last scene is one of my favorites in all my novels. Without giving anything away, while I was writing it, I forgot a character. Suddenly she just barged in – completely without me knowing. It really is magical when your characters have a life of their own.
For writers who use magical aspects in their books, what attracts you to those elements? For those of you who don’t, are there specific themes or elements you’re attracted to and find yourself going back to? Why do these resonate with you?
I love inserting a little magic into my Christmas books. Christmas is such a magical time of year – one truly believes anything can happen. That feeling spills over into my writing and gives the books a little extra sparkle.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
I love watching classic movies. I’m a huge Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn fan. The dialogue, the clothes, the romance all inspire me to do good writing.
DRAWING – Anita is hosting The Romance of Reading page, and her giveaways will take place there.
However, all comments will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 3 participating authors. You may enter by commenting on this original blog post and/or on the Read-A-Romance Month Facebook page post, here.
Each first unique comment at each space offers an extra chance to win, so check in with each author. Must comment by 8/28/19 11:59pm Eastern to enter.
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ANITA HUGHES is also the author of Christmas in Vermont, Christmas at the Chalet, California Summer, Christmas in London, Christmas in Paris, Emerald Coast, White Sand, Blue Sea, Santorini Sunsets, Island in the Sea, Rome in Love, French Coast, Lake Como, Market Street, and Monarch Beach.
She lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.
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