Hello Again! Not only have I done a review on this book BUT I also got to interview the Author. I am so lucky to be able to participate in things like this and nothing else brings me joy than writing does. So here's the interview and I'm off to edit my novel.
Hi Rissa, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
A: A little about myself? Well, I am, in fact, little; under five feet tall. Petite with a big appetite. Especially if we’re talking Indian or Mexican food…or chocolate! Anything chocolate. The darker the better. Heck, I wish my background included professional chocolate tasting! But it doesn’t. It does include business administration, though I had really always wanted and intended to write fiction for a living! Ironically, I blame love for my veering off track. When I met and pretty quickly married my hubby nearly two decades ago, I also married his family’s hospitality business. I became the company CFO. And though my passion for reading and writing fiction never died, doing the books—the financial books, that is—trumped the fiction-writing route…until recently :D
Q: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A: I’d love to spin my romantic roller coaster rides for the rest of my life. Helping to support my family by doing what I absolutely adore is a dream come true. And that my stories touch readers—entertain or thrill or move them—what an unbelievable bonus!
Q: Give us an insight into your main character.
Twenty-five-year-old Isabel Ruiz of Tempting Isabel is a strong, fiercely independent heroine born and raised in the steeply superstitious seaside town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Q: What does he/she do that is so special?
A: Isabel Ruiz is Puerto Vallarta’s premiere wedding planner…and she is cursed—so she and her community believe. Isabel creates magical destination weddings for others, while she believes true love is forever out of reach for herself.
Q: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
A: I pictured a young Selma Hayek as Isabel while writing the first novel of my Paradise South series. (Here is the entire dream cast for Tempting Isabel.)
Q: Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
A: “Zack finally looked down at the pile of glass he stood in, sighed, and started nodding his head in surrender. Yeah, the entire scene was ridiculous. He was ridiculous. And she was ridiculously goddamn amazing.” Tempting Isabel
Q: Where do the your ideas come from?
A: The question of the universe! And the answer at the end of the day: the universe ;)
Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
A: All of the above, literally. I start with a spark of a story, outline it, write a full first draft to it…then never look at that draft again because it inevitably goes far, far off course. I then re-outline and write my next draft “for real”, more intimately knowing my characters and their journey toward their very earned HEA.
Q: When did you decide to become a writer?
A: October, 2014, after having closed all loose ends to my family’s hospitality portfolio that had folded as a result of the 2008-09 financial market crash (a blessing in disguise-ish…)
Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Q: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
A: I read as often as possible, which has been less lately while I’ve been working to complete the rest of Paradise South. But a few of my favourite romance authors are Laura Kaye, Colleen Hoover, Jill Shalvis and Nalini Singh (her Rock Kiss series). My historical romance favourite is Jane Austen. I enjoy other fiction, too: from Jojo Moyes to J.K. Rowling, John Irving to Amy Tan, and on and on. Then there’s non-fiction, like humorous autobiographies (Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants and Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres.) And I always have some serious philosophical stuff at the ready (to keep me grounded.)
Q: For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
A: eBooks. My Kindle app is on my iPhone and so my TBR is always with me.
Q: What book/s are you reading at present?
A: Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless.
Q: What’s your next writing project?
A: Next-book and next-series ideas flood my brain (and take-over my heart and dreams) constantly, but I must keep them at bay until I complete Satisfying Ali and Freeing Kyla, books 4 and 5 in the Paradise South series. I will keep you posted, for sure!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
A: There is a huge amount to learn in writing and publishing; endless amounts of stuff. Take small bites. Enjoy and savour. And when the task isn’t all that tasty, chew and swallow anyway—that is if you truly want to finish a book or a series or whatever your goal may be. It’s hard, subjective, and sometimes extremely redundant work (22 revisions for Tempting Isabel!) Keep at it and remember that nothing worth having/accomplishing comes easy.
Thanks so much for answering the questions!
Thanks for asking them ;)
About the author:
Contemporary romance writer Rissa Brahm grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond. e beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—the core setting of her hot & heartfelt debut series, Paradise South—is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home.
When not chained-by-choice to her MacBook, she is embarking on out- door adventures with her husband and little girl, laughing to tears with a good rom-com, eating amazing Indian food with something chocolate for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home again. You can connect with Rissa on Facebook, Twitter or by email any time by heading to www.RissaBrahm.com.