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Jennifer: The research! The inspiration for The Convenient Bride came from a trip to Venice I made a few years ago. I’d been to Italy a number of times before, but never made it to Venice. I love Italy but never expected to be so overwhelmed with the beauty and history of the famous canal city. As soon as I floated down the Grand Canal surrounded by Baroque and Gothic buildings I knew I’d set my next book in that magical place.
Nas: What do you think makes a good story?
Jennifer: I believe a great story makes you feel something - joy, sadness, anger, anticipation...it plays with your emotions. I love a book that builds such compelling characters and convincing worlds, whether it’s fantasy such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or a contemporary romance, that you can’t wait to dive back in each day.
Nas: You write about exotic places – what is your ideal holiday destination?
Jennifer: I’m lucky enough to have travelled the world, mostly as part of my jobs prior to becoming a romance writer. The hotels I describe in The Convenient Bride have aspects of the places I’ve stayed at. Interestingly, my taste in holidays is eclectic. For example, I’ve just booked a six-day Tasmanian walking holiday which includes carrying my own pack but also love the full-on pampered luxury of 5-star hotels in a big cities like New York, London or Paris. Just don’t send me on a beach holiday. I can’t stand sitting still, so the idea of lying on a beach or by the pool all day makes me twitchy!
Nas: Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?
Jennifer: Although I’ve visited Spain a few times, I’ve never been to the northwest. I’d love to walk the one thousand year old pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The walk is known in English as the Way of St. James and in Spanish as the Camino de Santiago. It takes around 30 days to complete the trek. One day…
Nas: What one item do you always pack when you travel?
Jennifer: Clothes that don’t need ironing!
Nas: Tell us a little about your current release …..
Jennifer: The Convenient Bride is my debut book published by Penguin’s new digital-first imprint Destiny Romance.
Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family's hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience and plans to use Sienna to secure his next business deal. But things don't go quite according to plan.
In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice to be with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of great luxury and opulence. As befits the fiancée of the famous Antonio Moretti, Sienna is given a new wardrobe of designer gowns and outfits and instructed exactly how to behave when out in public. But after thinking he can manipulate her at will, Antonio begins to realize he has seriously underestimated Sienna, her intelligence, her skills, her courage – and her beauty. Unexpectedly, Sienna gets too close and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio's perfectly planned life begins to unravel.