As a debut author, my budget does yet not allow for a publicist. So in the interest of economy, I have decided to interview myself to impart my latest news:
Yours truly: Well, you've finally gone and done it. What was it like to sign your first book contract?
Rosemary: The font is very, very tiny, so I needed my reading glasses. Then I couldn't decide which pen to use. And the thing is pages long, filled with words like "whereas" and "herein" and "exclusive." They really like "exclusive."
YT: Um, I meant that figuratively.
R: Oh. It was amazing. One might even say momentous.
YT: You've contracted with Penguin's New American Library division to write the first three books in a mystery series. Tell us a bit about it.
R: The mysteries are set at an Italian restaurant at the Jersey shore called the Casa Lido. My main character, Victoria, is a mystery writer who goes back home to research her family history, but instead stumbles into murder, mayhem, and romance. Each book will also feature a family recipe.
YT: Is there a character you're particularly fond of?
R: Vic's Nonna. She runs the restaurant with a steel spine and an iron hand. She's formidable and intimidating, but has a soft spot for her family. (Any resemblance to my own grandmothers is, of course, entirely coincidental.)
YT: For this series, you'll be writing as Rosie Genova. Catchy name. You knew I was born with it, right?
R: I'd heard that, yeah.
YT: So you've been at this writing thing a while. How'd you finally luck out?
R: Hmm. I've always liked this quote from Hemingway: "It is better to be lucky, but I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready." For the last seven years, I've tried hard to be "exact," to hone my skills as a writer.
YT: So besides the sweat of your brow, to what do you attribute this success? I hear you have a fabulous agent.
R: Absolutely. Many thanks to Kimberly Lionetti at Bookends, aka K-Lion, who pushed persuaded me to try my hand at a mystery. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention my awesome critique partners, Loretta Marion and Sarah Pinneo, author of the upcoming Julia's Child.
YT: Anything else you'd like to add?
R: Yes--why are you wasting time on a self-indulgent blog post? Don't you have a book to write?
YT: Good point.
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Murder Marinara, the first in the Casa Lido mystery series, is slated for publication by Penguin/NAL in December 2013.