I first learned of Bella Andre when I won a copy of From This Moment On in a contest on LibraryThing. The book sat on my kindle for months before I finally sat down and read it. I was riveted from page one and quickly had to get my hands on the other books in the series. Since that day, Bella has become an auto-buy author for me and I’m thrilled she’s able to join us during our anniversary party.
Jen: You’ve had so much success with self-publishing, but being signed to Harlequin is a big deal. Please tell us your call story.
Bella: Yes, working with Harlequin on the print side of my Sullivan books is a very big deal! I couldn’t be happier about working with them!
I self-published the Sullivan series as ebooks first and once three of the books hit the New York Times simultaneously many publishers contacted me to see if we could work together. I have always been a huge fan of the books Harlequin publishes and I believe they do contemporary romance better than any publisher on the planet. It was a thrill to sign the first ever print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA for my Sullivan series. They have extraordinary vision for how to reach print readers around the world.
Jen: Do you have a favorite scene in the series or The Look of Love? Where did the inspiration come from?
Bella: I so enjoyed writing THE LOOK OF LOVE that while it’s hard to choose a favorite scene, I will admit that the bathtub scene in the early part of the book made me laugh out loud as I wrote it! Another scene that moved me was when Chase and Chloe took a picnic up to the a vineyard hilltop and have an important – and very sweet – conversation about their budding relationship. And, of course, I loved writing every part of their growing sensual connection. Plus, I love writing any scene where the Sullivan siblings get together. They’re so much fun to write as a group of unique personalities who always support and love each other no matter what.
Jen: If The Look of Love was made into a movie, who do you see as the main characters?
Bella: This is a favorite topic of discussion on my Facebook page! The current most popular choices for Chase & Chloe are Jake Gyllenhaal & Chloe: Summer Glau
Jen: What’s next for you?
Bella: I am currently finishing up Mary & Jack Sullivan’s love story. In KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE which will be out in October 2013 in Australia, we will go back in time to find out how they fell in love and started their amazing family. After that, because Sullivan fans around the world have embraced the series with so much enthusiasm, I am now working on the next five books about their cousins from Seattle, starting with Rafe Sullivan in THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT.
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Having sold more than 1.5 million books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre’s novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series will be released in paperback in a major global English language launch in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia in continuous back-to-back releases from June 2013 through April 2014.
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into nine languages, and her Sullivan books are already Top 20 bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in 2012 on her self-publishing success.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.