1--What is the title of your latest release?
ALL RHODES LEAD HERE
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
Following the end of her long-term relationship, Aurora de la Torre is going back to the small town in the mountains where she grew up. Too bad the man she’s renting a garage apartment from has no idea she’s moving in.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
I’ve wanted to write a story in the town where I live for a few years and was just waiting for the right idea where I could incorporate the mountains and the kind of active lifestyle you can have in them, into. People move there to hike, to be out in nature, to live a slower pace of life. Rooting for a heroine who had turned into a “city girl” over the years while she tries conquering all those things seemed so much fun to me.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
It would be a pleasure.
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Loving, likeable and resilient.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
Writing certain scenes can make me ugly cry.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
Both. Sometimes while I’m going along, I’ll know something isn’t working and will go back to work on it so I can be on pace for the remainder of story, and then once I’m done, I’ll do it all over again from the beginning.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
I’m simple, I love ribeye steaks, ha.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I alternate between writing on the couch with reruns on the television—usually at the very start of a new manuscript—, or I sit in my chair at my desk in total silence once I’m further along and need to figure plot points out more in detail.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Devney Perry is an absolutely brilliant businessperson, and she writes different characters so well.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
Focusing just on the emotional impact that the storyline had on me as a child, I would say Where the Red Fern Grows. That was the first book I remember reading that destroyed me. I didn’t know it was possible to become so attached to characters (the coonhounds), and it really opened my eyes to an author’s ability to create that kind of connection between a reader and a fictional character. I cried for days.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
I started off as an indie author, and I really had no interest in going to the traditional route, but my agent, who had been well aware of this for years, called me and said, “I think you should think about this.” Honestly, I freaked out many times along the way, but I’m so glad my books have reached a wider audience than they would have otherwise.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
14--What’s your favorite movie?
It changes every time I think about it, but today Deadpool is my favorite.
15--What is your favorite season?
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I like to go out to eat, have some homemade cake and watch a movie.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
Ted Lasso is my favorite show of all time, so I’ll probably recommend it for the rest of my life. The goodness, the humor in it… it deserves a chef’s kiss.
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
19--What do you do when you have free time?
20--What can readers expect from you next?
Hopefully a new book in the next few months!
New York Times bestselling author and the Queen of Slow Burn Romance Mariana Zapata’s fan favorite All Rhodes Lead Here, a story about finding love when you least expect it—now with new exclusive content!
The people we lose take a part of us with them…but they leave a part of themselves with us too.
Aurora De La Torre, or Ora to her friends, knows moving back to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, a place that was once home and is now full of bittersweet memories of her late mother, isn’t going to be easy. Starting your whole life over probably isn’t supposed to be.
But after breaking up with her longtime, famous musician boyfriend, hiding out in a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart. And checking out her landlord who lives across the driveway just might cure it, too.
Only Tobias Rhodes didn’t rent out the apartment to her, rather it was his teenage son, Amos. Fiercely protective of his family and distrusting of strangers, gruff and grumpy Rhodes initially keeps little miss sunshine Ora at a distance. But over days and weeks, long hikes and fireside chats, Aurora breaks down his walls and soon an unbreakable friendship blossoms into a once-in-a-lifetime love.
Romance [Avon, On Sale: January 30, 2024, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780063325890 / eISBN: 9780063325975]
Mariana is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Amazon best-selling author and reached #7 on Amazon's Author Ranking in 2016. Her book The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller, and was chosen as a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award nominee and also included on Amazon's Best Books of 2016 for Romance. Wait for It reached #2 on the Amazon Overall Best Seller list and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks; it was chosen as a 2017 Goodreads Choice Award nominee in the Romance category. Dear Aaron was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks. From Lukov with Love was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and a finalist in the romance category for the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. Luna and the Lie became a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller. The Best Thing was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and a 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards nominee in romance. Her latest novel, Hands Down, was also a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller.
Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn't admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt's bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman's skirt. (Don't tell her mom.)
Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she's not pretending to write, she's reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.
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