Name: Rosanna Leo
Age: 30…and you can’t prove otherwise. I’ve disposed of any evidence to the contrary. (Please note: this is in no way a legal declaration of my age, as I am lying through my teeth)
Where are you from? I was born in Toronto, Canada, and still live nearby.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
My husband and I are going to celebrate our 20th anniversary next year and we are still just as silly as the day we got married. We have two teenage boys who threaten daily to eat us out of house and home. My only comrade in the craziness of our home is my tabby cat Sweetie, with whom I share a psychic bond. (Okay, really I just love her.)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Rosanna: Thanks Fiona. This fall, I have so much book news to share with my readers. It will be the first time I have 3 books release in one season! Predator’s Trinity, Gemini Island Shifters, released Aug. 24 with Liquid Silver Books. On Sept. 22, I’ll launch Vice with Samhain Publishing. And on Nov. 9, Hartwood Publishing will release Night Lover.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Rosanna: In short, I began writing seriously because, after denying myself the activity for a long time, I couldn’t deny it any longer. I’d always written secretly, thinking nothing would ever come of the activity. After all, not every writer has success. I never dreamed I’d get published. So I worked in a variety of other fields, making myself miserable because I had no creative outlet. When my children were babies, it was the first time I gave myself permission to write. I found some time when they were napping, and began to write. After a few unsuccessful submissions, Liquid Silver Books accepted my first manuscript and published For the Love of a God.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Rosanna: I think I always have, but I felt validation upon being published for the first time. There’s nothing better than another person telling you your stories have value and that they provide enjoyment.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Rosanna: Believe it or not, a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I’ve always been somewhat interested (read “obsessed”) with one of the statues of a handsome Greek god. I used to stand before him and wonder what might happen if the statue could come to life. This idea was the inspiration behind For the Love of a God.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Rosanna: I believe in writing as I speak, for the most part. I think my writing style is modern and quirky, with a lot of humor thrown in. I don’t tend to get very flowery or use a lot of run-on sentences and huge paragraphs. I like a fast-paced style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title for Vice?
Rosanna: The title Vice has a couple of meanings in my contemporary romance. This is a gritty romance set in a Las Vegas casino, and it deals with the topics of compulsive gambling, addiction and needing control. My heroine is a woman who runs a support group for families of compulsive gamblers. When she falls in love with a man who owns a casino, she is thrown for a loop. Not only is Vice the name of the casino, it reflects how she feels about the relationship.
Fiona: Is there a message in Vice that you want readers to grasp?
Rosanna: I suppose the theme behind any romance is “Love conquers all.” In this book, it certainly does, but it goes through a few hoops first. Although the book deals with compulsive gambling, I’ve tried hard not to make gamblers villains. I have made the argument, however, that anyone dealing with such a problem needs to really hit rock bottom before they can begin again.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Rosanna: Actually, there is some truth behind parts of the book. I, myself, am the daughter of a compulsive gambler, so many of heroine Kate’s emotions are ones I experienced. Although I haven’t based the book on events in my life, I did draw inspiration from things that happened to my family.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
Rosanna: I’ve been influenced by many great romances. The one that first set my heart to fluttering was Jane Eyre. I still love that story. However, I enjoy reading so many of today’s romance authors, such as L. Marie Adeline, Kathy Love, Diana Gabaldon and Meg Cabot.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Rosanna: At the time I write these answers, I am reading Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. It is a delightful YA romance about a demon librarian trying to influence the teens at a particular high school. Very Buffy the Vampire Slayer and lots of fun.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Rosanna: I’ve really enjoyed reading works by some of my fellow Liquid Silver Books and Samhain Publishing authors. Authors such as Jessica Cale, DawnMarie Richards, Elle Rush and Sophie H. Morgan. They are all great authors.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Rosanna: I am currently working on the final two books in my Gemini Island Shifters series and it is proving a challenge. Not because I don’t enjoy writing them, but because these last two books will mark the end of this series. It’ll be hard to put these characters away forever.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Rosanna: When I’m not writing, I work part-time at my local library. My co-workers there have been so supportive of my writing and have really championed my books. They’ve purchased copies for our system, held launch events for me, and even invited me to be a guest author at a seminar on publishing. I couldn’t ask for more support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Rosanna: It is my career and I hope it will always play a part in the work I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Rosanna: No. Vice is a personal book and I wrote it exactly as the story needed to be told.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Rosanna: Any story can be challenging. For me, Vice was challenging because I still needed to make it romantic, despite the heavy themes. I wanted this romance to have a happy ending, and for a while, I wasn’t sure I could guarantee it. However, I think I’ve resolved it in a satisfying manner.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Rosanna: Well, I’d love to, but sadly don’t always have the opportunity to do so. However, whenever I do travel, I make sure to take copious notes so I can use those observations later.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Rosanna: I’ve had several great designers: Lyn Taylor, Valerie Tibbs and Syd Gill. They have all provided me with such nice covers and have remained faithful to the books.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Rosanna: Firstly, learn everything you can about the craft. Secondly, believe in yourself. Thirdly, work hard and be realistic.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Rosanna: I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Lord Byron. I even named one of my heroes after him. He was reputed to be a ladies’ man, and I suppose I’d like to meet him and test out those theories.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Rosanna: SHE AIN’T DEAD YET.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Rosanna: I love hiking with my husband and getting outdoors. I like to pretend I’m a great gardener, but really I kill most of my plants. And lately I’ve discovered adult coloring books! So much fun. I could color for hours.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Rosanna: Anything with great romantic heroes and an epic feel. TV shows such as Chicago Fire and Sleepy Hollow, and movies such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Rosanna: Italian food/purple/Mozart
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Rosanna: If I could reinvent myself, I’d probably still want to do something creative. I used to be a singer, but grew tired of that. I’ve always been fascinated by the work florists do. I’m in awe of their creations. However, a part of me would probably want to do something practical, like funeral directing. No shortage of jobs there. 😉
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Rosanna: Yes, you can always find me at www.rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com
VICE BY ROSANNA LEO
Release day- Sept. 22 at https://www.samhainpublishing.com/
He’s much more than a bad habit.
As a Vegas singer and volunteer counselor, Kate Callender has experienced life on both sides of Sin City’s bright lights. The thrill of performing, and gambling’s devastating effect on the addicts’ families.
Liam Doyle is just the kind of man she despises—a handsome, enigmatic businessman with a knack for seducing customers into his casino hotels. Determined to put a lid on his growing influence, she prepares to picket the opening of his newest casino, Vice.
When Liam spots the lone protestor hassling his customers, annoyance wars with instant attraction. And he quickly discovers the leggy redhead not only can’t be bought, she tempts him the way the sound of a roulette wheel lures a gambler.
They are natural enemies, but when a vile attack sparks Liam’s protective instincts, they begin a sexual odyssey that dances on the edge of addiction. Dangerously close to losing control…and losing themselves.
Warning: Contains a sexy, damaged hero who’d really rather just be having sex, and a no-nonsense redhead who makes him want to roll the dice on love just one more time.
He meandered toward her and forced a smile. “You seem to have had a busy day.”
She whipped around and her eyes widened. He saw her give him a quick once-over. Did she like what she saw? Interesting. There was some perverse satisfaction in that.
“It has been busy.” She narrowed her hazel eyes at him. “Do you work here?”
So, she didn’t recognize him. Good. “Yes, ma’am, I do.” He crossed his arms over his chest and nodded, noting how her gaze dropped to his exposed forearms. Her lips parted. Clearly, working out had its merits. “And word inside is you’ve upset the big boss.”
Her nostrils flared as she dragged her gaze away from his arms. “About time.” She put her sign down and picked up her purse. “Do you know Liam Doyle?”
“I’ve heard one or two things about him.”
She stepped closer and her lips did the most amazing thing, curling into a flirtatious semi-smile. “I don’t suppose you’d be willing to share them with me? The other guy kept on sucking up about him as if he was wearing a wire.” She paused. “You’re not wearing a wire, are you?”
He laughed out loud. He couldn’t help it. This was way too much fun. He sidled close to her, leaned in conspiratorially, and put a hand on her elbow. Her very soft elbow. “I’m not wearing a wire. But are you sure you want to know the truth about Doyle? I don’t know if you can handle it.”
She gawked at him and then at his lips. Her voice came out in a whisper. “Try me.”
He murmured in her ear, taking note of her lilac scent. “Well, I hear at midnight he sprouts black wings and horns. And he’s always searching for innocent maidens to add to his coven.” He bit on his bottom lip, suddenly wishing he was gnawing on hers.
At first, her eyelids did this fluttery thing that made his imported pants spring to life. But then she blinked and began to laugh. “And here I thought I was dealing with a mere businessman. I didn’t realize Doyle was cousins with Lucifer.”
“What’s your name?”
She regarded him from out of the side of her eye, her mouth still bearing the same flirty grin. “What’s yours?”
“Consider me a friend who wants to give you some advice.”
The smile disappeared from her face. “And what would that be?”
“Don’t mess with Liam Doyle. He doesn’t take to it kindly.”
The coquettish shine in her eyes hardened. “Is that a threat?”
“No, sugar. That’s not my style.”
“What exactly do you do here? Are you in security?”
“Never mind that.” He waved his hand. “Look, you’ve had your fun. Why don’t you run along home now?”
She reached for her sign and tucked it under her arm. “I will go where I damn well please. And you can tell your friend Mr. Doyle to expect me tomorrow. Maybe next time he’ll be brave enough to confront me himself.” She turned on her heel and walked down the manicured pathway leading to the taxi bay.
Liam stared at her ass as she walked away. Brave?
Game on, sugar. He’d show her brave.
Samhain Publishing: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5577/vice
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Romance and The Romance Reviews.
From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.
A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance. Rosanna blogs at www.rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rosanna-Leo/e/B007X5P4I8