Jen: Today, Gina Danna’s Blog Tour is making at stop at Romancing the Book. Gina, will you share a short bio with us?
Gina: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.
Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Gina: Her Eternal Rogue is a Regency Romance with a paranormal twist. Think Vampire Diaries meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Alexander is a vampire-pirate sent to save Lavinia from French pirates and return her to her betrothed in London. His reward will be cleared of piracy charges & therefore, not hanged (and letting the world know he’s the undead). On the way home, he finds himself more “alive” with her around than when he was living but that is the crux – she is living, he’s not. Despite everything, they fall in love but he knows he must take her memory of him and return her to the life she’s meant to live – even when he discovers she is to marry his brother. Can he truly leave her? And can she really forget their love?
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Gina: Plotter, I discovered. This book was at first more pantser. Decided I can’t do that afterall so now, plot.
Jen: Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Gina: Horror. Because I don’t like scary movies & definitely not scary books!
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Gina: I’m a historian by education so I want to write stories based in truth. This one required research into pirates, ships and the real history of the vampire myth – long before they ‘sparkled’ or had to wear magic rings and long before they were tied to being night creatures.
Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Gina: I’d love to go to Ancient Rome. What 3 things? CHOCOLATE! LOL No really, I don’t know what I’d take. Cellphones, etc wouldn’t work then; make-up wouldn’t last & clothes would make me too odd. Don’t want to be condemned to the Colosseum for being a lunatic for wearing odd clothes!
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Gina: Free time? Ha! What free time? No, I do work out (can’t sit at a computer all the time!) and go spend time with my horse – that’s the most relaxing, mainly cuz I leave my cellphone in the car. Plus, that frees my mind & new twists to the plot form…
Jen: What’s next for you?
Gina: I’m working on gladiators in a story set in Rome, 100 CE – straight historical fiction/romance. Its titled Tears for Vengeance.