Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are the daughters of Etruscan archeologists. Stuck on a hot, dusty dig site for yet another long, dreary summer—far from the nearest boys—they go exploring. They enter a forbidden tomb and find two handprints among the frescoes. And when they touch them, together, they are catapulted back in time…and into the adventure of their lives.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Always was a writer, but a professional one? I was afraid to dream of such a thing. Seemed audacious to me! Took 5 published novels for me to even refer to myself as a "writer" or "author"!
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
1992, I think. I was 26 or 27. It was a contemporary romance called REFUGE.
Approximately, how long does it usually take you to write a book?
I research and dream about books for a long time, then write them fast. Usually in about 3 weeks-3 months.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I listen to soundtracks as I write. It helps me "see" the book in my mind, like a movie playing out.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
All over the place. Research. News stories. Friends. Friends of friends. A writer is always asking herself, "What if..." questions.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Mmm, all I can remember are things I've learned lately...There were no tomatoes in Italy in medieval times. They came from the New World! And the Roman Forum was half-buried in dirt and brush in medieval times. A barber set up shop underneath one of the famous, huge arches. And Dante unified the Italian language...
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
30-something. Hmmm, THE BEGOTTEN, THE BRIDGE, and WATERFALL
What do you think makes a good story?
Identification with the hero/heroine, good pacing, aha moments that move the heart as well as the mind.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Travel, cooking, watching movies.
What are three things you wouldn't want to do without?
Computers, showers and my bed
Are you currently working on any new novels?
Always. Currently an adult series called The Grand Tour. Book One, GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, releases Summer 2012.
Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren and River of Time Series
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