MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAURA ROSSI
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, I’m Laura Rossi and I’m an Italian contemporary romance author. I don’t have a specific genre, I like to write whatever crosses my mind. So far I’ve written a sport romance series, a romantic suspense novel and a dark romance book.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest release is Scars, a dark romance novel. I get inspiration from everything- music, people I meet, a trip somewhere, dreams and just my weird imagination.
Scars is the sequel to Skins and I have to say the villain in Skins just wouldn’t let me be. He wanted his own story, his revenge and so I spent several months writing and feeling what the characters were feeling. It’s a pretty intense story, so intense to write.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Dark books are my first love. I think I like the fact that they get under your skin, they are so passionate and gritty. I like to read books that stay with me, that leave me wondering ‘omg what did I just read??’
I want to write those kind of books too.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a little mob/mafia research, using books, but I’m a psychology and criminology major so I have some academic background about crime and organized crime.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My sport series is called Counterpoints and it’s set in the autoracing sport. I’m a big fan of Formula one. It’s the story of a famous race driver Christopher Taylor and his new press agent Isabella Bresciani. It’s an instant love kind of story, but with a lot of ups and downs, passion and secrets. Oh yes, there are secrets too.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
It’s so hard to choose one, but maybe book 3 is my favourite just because we get to see the ending of this epic love story.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
After I went to see three Formula One Grand Prix live, I was so intrigued by the drivers’ lifestyle, the adrenaline and passion they put into the sport. And let’s face it: they are sexy too 😉
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, it sort of happened. I had so many things on my mind, I wanted the characters to evolve and I couldn’t do it all in one book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write during my lunch break or at night, when the house is quiet and the kids are asleep. During the day I work in my shop, together with my partner.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I currently have two. The first one is called Finding Melodie and it’s a rom com, my first rom com. Then I have another dark romance in the making, called Crux.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important. It’s never casual and they always mean something to me.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d love to try paranormal. I’ve had a series in my head for a while now.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing, making everything look and sound perfect, as perfect as I can.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they are awesome. I have a few fan made ones and I’m considering having them made for all my books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In terms of writing, I’m just happy I found the courage to embark on this journey that is publishing. I’ve always wanted to become a writer, success is important but writing my stories is what really matters to me and being free to write what I want.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love everything about it even when I struggle, when I’m scared I won’t make it but what I love the most is receiving messages from readers and know that my words touched them. That is the best feeling ever, knowing that those endless sleepless nights were worth it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing, publishing and living with my family near the beach.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, always. I devoured books and always had stories in my head.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Get a good editor, keep your circle small, help others, say thank you and please. Never be jealous and focus on your writing. Sometimes you’ll need to step back into your happy bubble, because it’s hard out there. Be strong, this is what you were born to do.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Acting, I’d probably try to become an actress.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them, even though fellow authors told me not to. I always thank reviewers, but if they are rude I don’t write anything. Sometimes it’s hard to let go and ignore certain things, a book is like a baby for an author, but in the end it’s best not to say anything.
I have some beautiful, wonderful ladies that support me and I talk to them when something upsets me.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing I dread. About publishing, I’m still learning really.
What are you working on now?
Finding Melodie, a rom com set in London. It’s the story of a street artist and a banker. It’s a friends to lovers sweet, funny story.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I let my mood decide, I used to do that as a reader too. So I write what I feel like writing.
Where did your love of books come from?
I always loved reading, I remember reading Goosebumps as a kid and then Stephen King, moving to classics like Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
So many to choose from. I can’t decide. Tarryn Fisher never lets me down.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Female: my favourite one is Andrea from Skins and Scars. She’s been through so much and fought with all her strength for the love of her life.
But Vera and Isabella from Counterpoints and Born to Run are strong women too. I love them too.
Male character: I have to choose Sebastian from Skins and Scars, he’s a real hero.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, it’s pure energy when I write and exhausting when I’m going through edits.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I just try to be me. That’s all, I do what feels right to me first and foremost.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Leaonna Luxx, Holly Webb, Toya Richardson, Kiera Jayne, T.K. Leigh and so many others are my friends and we try to help and support each other.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Chronicles of a writer on the loose.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for interviewing me ❤ I’m honoured.
BOOKS BY LAURA ROSSI
Counterpoints series (book 1, 2 and 3)
Free on KU link to series https://amzn.to/2xIMFUv
Born to Run a Counterpoints Novella
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“You were born to run, don’t let anyone stop you.”
What happens when you are asked to give up what you love? When you are forced to end your career?
Born to Run is about Noah Laurent, a secondary character in the Counterpoints series -a top race driver who is asked to leave his team at the end of the series.
Noah is cold blooded, brutally honest and just doesn’t care about anything and anyone. He’s made his way up the ladder all by himself. He’s well known for his outbursts with the press and in the boxes. But he’s also an ace, a top driver.
And just when he thinks he’s done fighting, he meets someone that will get him back on track…. literally.
Reading the Counterpoints series is not necessary but would help better understand the character.
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“He’s going to kill us if he finds out” she told me.
“I am going to hell anyway” I whispered in her ear, before moving down to kiss her again.
“I am coming with you” she murmured against my mouth.
My name is Sebastian, but they call me the Killer. I have never lost a fight, never let anyone touch me without regretting it. I am a fighter, that’s how I survive in the gutter that is The Market, a neighbourhood in the outskirts of Rome.
Rome, the city of eternal beauty. But also the city of lost souls.
When gangster Alejandro de la Crux wanted to have a word with me, I had no idea what was coming. He wanted me- the Killer- to protect his ex-wife, his son while he went into hiding for a while, running away from gagsters who wanted him dead.
I had no idea it was Andrea, the woman I had met years before, the woman I had lost my head for. It was her.
She needed help. And I wasn’t going to let anyone touch her, not even her ex-husband Alejandro de la Crux.
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I gasped for air and counted my last breaths.
One, pain shot up my stomach.
Two, my throat burned.
I kept looking at the sky, as I lost any will to move.
Before my eyes closed, my last thoughts were for Andrea.
They thought prison would change me, that isolation would make me weak, maybe break me. But I wasn’t alone, I always had the darkness with me.
My name is Alejandro De la Crux and I never let anyone cross me without paying the price, their lives for my honour.
I was left to rot in prison by my ex wife and her lover, The Killer. That Rat.
They thought they could run away from me, that they could live happily ever after. No one can fool the devil, no one can fool Alejandro De la Crux.
“Patience, revenge takes time. But it will come, my time will come..