Today is my stop on the virtual book tour via Writely Yours for E. Graziani and her new book Everything That Was Us.
This isn't my
first time featuring Graziani. A few years ago, I read her novel Jess
Under Pressure and I absolutely loved it. It's still one of my
After that I featured
romance Alice-Angel of Time with a guest post.
Graziani has a different kind of novel and what better way to learn about it
other than through an exclusive interview with the author herself.
But first let
me tell you about the book.
And look at that amazing book cover!
Everything That Was Us
Women’s fiction, romance
of pages: 323
date: 8 February 2021
The Wild Rose Press
What would you
do for a secret love?
speaking for nearly twenty years, Massimo Damiani, a 'rags-to-riches' oil
executive, summons Sofie to his hospice bedside in picturesque Tuscany—his last
wish?...to reconcile their stormy history and set long-buried secrets to rest.
a powerful Wall Street banker in Manhattan’s financial district, reeling with
heartache in her rocky marriage, ignores her husband's protests, and flies to
Italy to comfort the dying man from her past.
promises tugging at her heart and the memory of a tempestuous love that grew
and crumbled time and again, will Sofia ever come to terms with the flaws in
her marriage and gain the strength to rebuild it?
pride tore them apart—a promise brought her back.
Exclusive Interview with Edy Graziani
A little cliché but… what inspired you to write Everything that Was Us?"
Edy: Inspiration can come
to me from anywhere…a picture in a magazine, a holiday, a movie, a couple I see
at a cafe…it was really the start of a kernel of an idea that then grew into a
story that evolved into Sofie and Max’s life story.
I love writing
about Italy, especially the province of my heritage – Tuscany. It’s romantic,
steeped in culture, gorgeous landscapes…how can you not help but want to write
I generally start with a very basic premise and then build on it. I think ‘what if’… and then I build on it. And when that inspiration hits, it’s like I can’t stop until I have a basic storyline on a notepad.
The genre for Everything that Was Us is women's fiction, so what can you
tell us about the main character Sofia? What drew you to write her story?
Edy: Each character I’ve
ever written has a part of me in them. I am Sofie and Max – I have some of
Sofie’s traits – her insecurities, her practical nature, her drive to achieve
her goals, her pride, and her skeptical side. I wanted to write about a strong
woman…but also about a woman who is flawed and in the most vulnerable way – she
is in love with a man who she cannot possibly be with unless she gives up
everything she knows.
I also possess
Max’s fiery-type anger, his impetuousness, his pride, and need for closure. So,
in other words, I am the walking definition of contradiction.
We often see books about young people, but from the blurb, we know that Massimo
is dying, so what are the characters' ages?
Edy: The characters meet
in their teens, then again in their early twenties, then in NYC (in their
prime, I think) in their mid-thirties, and at the end, where Massimo is dying,
they are in their sixties.
What did you enjoy most (and least) about writing Everything that Was Us?
Edy: That’s easy! I loved
writing about Italy…about Florence, Lucca, and Garfagnana. A lot of reviewers
comment on the beauty of the descriptions of the Italian landscape…that’s just
me indulging in my favorite thing to do.
The least? Nothing
really. But if I could choose the least favorite part of the writing
process…it’s the tedious editing back and forth toward the end. I was done!
If you could pick popular actors and actresses for your book, who would play
your main characters Sofia and Massimo?
Edy: Oh, wow…I can’t even
think. They would have to be different actors, because of the age range in the
novel. I have no idea…let’s let the reader choose. Lol!
What can you tell us about your upcoming writing projects?
Edy: Currently, I’m taking
a bit of a break. I’ve been working on tweaking a young adult science fiction
fantasy about a telepath awakening to her powers after a stroke. I think it’s
an amazing premise, but we’ll have to see if anybody else thinks so!
wait to read the story with the telepath!
About the Author:
E. Graziani is the author of the women’s fiction novel, EVERYTHING THAT WAS US, scheduled to release in 2021 (The Wild Rose Press).
She has also
written Breaking Faith (Second Story Press), a contemporary YA
fiction novel, selected for the 'In the Margins' Book Award 2018 Recommended
Fiction List, and one of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids
and Teens, and the YA historical memoir, War in My Town (Second
Story Press), one of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and
Teens and finalist in the Hamilton Arts Council 2016 Literary Awards for Best
reviewer, WUoC Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, 2019. Regular
contributor, CHCH Morning Live Book Chat. She resides in Canada with her
husband and four daughters.
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