Today I’d like to welcome Gina Danna, author of historical romance set in varying eras gone by, including the upcoming Love and Lies, book II in The Gladiators. Gina’s here to talk about her writing process, some of her favorite things, and of course, her books. Gina, thank you for being here!
First things first. When did you know for sure that you were a writer? That was years ago, in my youth. I wrote, for my own interest, fan fiction. Then when I was in college, I wrote a lot of history term papers. Add that I was reading (devouring) historical romance, and I started forming a story in my head. Was that way for years, until I was prodded to actually write one. That hit when my son went off to college and I was an empty-nester.
What made you choose your genre, or genres? I’m a historian by degrees and profession. The time periods I write in (Regency, Ancient Rome, Victorian) are my favorite periods. My muse isn’t happy to stay just in one <sigh>.
Describe your writing process. How do you get to know your characters? Flesh out your ideas? Create your villains? Often times, a spark hits – something I see, something I read, usually that makes me go ‘what if?’ and the rest is history. My hero/heroine strike their personalities hard right from the get go and the plot molds into shape. My villians evolve then…
What do you enjoy most about writing? The freedom to create and let that inner muse out.
What do you dislike most about writing? Probably timing, or lack of it, to write.
Tell us a bit about your most recent project. Love & Lies came as a sequel/prequel to Love & Vengenace. I wanted to create another story in Ancient Rome and gladiators. That time period is vast in exploring – it’s beautiful, advanced – more so than we want to give it, and also so brutal and raw. It’s long before the Puritans took control of society’s mores and curbed our zeal for expression in all formats, therefore, what we consider cuss words are not in 100 CE (BC by old standards) and sexuality isn’t so frowned upon – though that’s not to say Rome didn’t have its own set of what was permitted and not. Fun to play in, research-wise.
What’s next on the agenda? I’ve started the 3rd book in this series but am currently writing a sequel to my American Civil War novel, soon to be released (The Wicked North).
What are your interests outside of writing? I’m a Civil War reenactor and my horse is a huge draw.
Quick Ten List
- What’s your favorite color? Pink
- Favorite song? Wow! Difficult here. For now, I’ll say Adele’s “Hello”
- Favorite food/drink? Steak & wine
- Favorite movie? Another hard one – currently – Star Wars latest
- Favorite TV show? Starz’s Spartacus series
- Favorite book? Too many favorites to narrow down J
- Favorite place? Any Civil War battle site
- Favorite way to spend a free hour? Playing with my horse
- Favorite animal? Horse – Arabian, specifically
- Favorite quote about writing? Historians are dangerous people. They are capable of upsetting everything. – Nikita Khrushchev. Because its ever so true!
Love & Lies (Gladiators, Book II)
Rome 100 CE
Conquered, beaten, sentenced to die in the Colosseum, Ganius escapes his execution only to find himself enslaved as a gladiator. His rise to champion ensures his life, but does nothing to lessen his desire for vengeance against the Roman soldiers who destroyed all he knew.
Locked into a repugnant betrothal, the beautiful Roman Aurelia turns to her brother’s champion gladiator for help. Promising him his freedom if he helps her escape, Aurelia soon discovers she wants not only Ganius’s help, but to capture his heart as he’s captured hers.
In love with his sworn enemy, Ganius realizes Aurelia is the key to his freedom. But to take her with him would risk both their lives, yet leaving her behind to be a pawn in her brother’s machinations is a wretched alternative. Ganius must choose – love of a Roman or freedom to make the Romans pay. This is a fight the champion gladiator might lose…
Love & Lies is available today!