– Finding time to write!
Can you give us a short synopsis of To Rome With Love?
– Gaby Conte has had it with men. Especially Italian men, like her cheating husband. Then she goes to Rome to see her best friend Maria, and finds love and passion with another Italian man. Oops!
What inspired you to write this book?
– Love is a universal theme and romance novels are a way to address all the emotions and permutations of the human heart. Why did I set the book in Rome? How can Rome and romance not go together?
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
– as many as I can. But it’s hard to be creative for an extended period of time so I take breaks during which I try to fulfill my other obligations.
Name your top five favorite books.
– Oh my goodness, that is tough! In non-romance, my favorites are The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, The Golden Bowl and The Aspern Papers by Henry James and The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
In romance, it’s equally hard. Daisy’s Back in Town by Rachel Gibson, Somebody Like You by Candis Terry, Play by Holly S. Roberts, the books Frenched, Forked and Floored by Melanie Harlow, the Take Me books by Kelly Harper, Liberating Lacey, Uncommon Pleasure and Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun, the Unleashed series by Callie Harper.
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up (or trying to!) the next book in my series and starting on the third. The fourth book will be the last in that series.
Title: To Rome with Love
Author: Mandi Benet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome. Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them. But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?
Mandi Benet grew up in England and published her first piece of fiction when she was twelve. She has been scribbling away ever since as an award-winning journalist— covering everything from the Democratic Convention to the Oscars for major American national newspapers and magazines— and as an author, writing women’s fiction and contemporary romance with rich, original characters. Mandi is a member of RWA National and the San Francisco branch of RWA.