Jen: Today we welcome Pamela Aares to Romancing the Book as her blog tour makes a stop with us. Pamela, will you share a short bio with our readers?
Pamela: Pamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family.
Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.
Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.
Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two very curious cats.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Pamela: My newest release in the Tavonesi Series is LOVE IN THE VINEYARD. The heroine is Natasha Raley, a homeless single mother. Natasha meets Adrian Tavonesi, a billionaire wine scion at a masquerade.
Adrian is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California, determined to be worthy of his vast fortune. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.
As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, will the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other ruin everything? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to the perfect, ever-lasting love?
The idea for this book came to me one evening as I was thinking about how a woman in our high tech world would cope with severe dyslexia. On top of her disability, Natasha wants to get her son out of the gang-riddled neighborhood their poverty has forced them to live in and into a great school district with a baseball program. Her son lives for the game.
But when desperation forces Natasha to bet her savings at the casino she once worked at before landing her dream job as a native plant gardener, she loses everything and they end up in a homeless shelter. When she’s given a ticket to the masquerade by the shelter director and she meets Adrian, the anonymity suits her. But she never counted on losing her heart.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Pamela: I try to write every morning, but I live on a small farm and although my husband tries to keep most of the farm work under control, sometimes our gardens require tow hands on deck!
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Pamela: Ha! I have a flashlight and pen beside my bed, notepads all over the house, pens and pads in our cars and sometime I even remember to use the iPhone to record voice memos. Sometimes when I go back and listen to them I get quite a giggle. I have learned not to trust that I will remember an idea or bit of dialogue– characters visit when they feel like it and its important to catch those gifts at the moment they come.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Pamela: I had to learn about dyslexia for the heroine’s story. And native plants of California. I also had to dig back into my notes about winemaking and the business of being a world-class vintner. And then there was the polo. Luckily the St. Regis Cup was held nearby my house and I got to see polo up close and personal. Seeing the women champions ride alongside international polo stars was a thrill.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Pamela: Tatum Channing (but with dark hair) and hmm… need to think about who would play the heroine– I’d love to hear suggestions from your readers!
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Pamela: Readers tell me that spending time with my books transports them to joyous, powerful places in their mind’s eye and emotion, places they had never before visited. I was so thrilled to hear this, as that’s what I intend with each story– that readers can both lose themselves and find themselves in my love stories. I also hear that the stories are unusual– not ‘cookie-cutter’ and I take that as a great compliment. I know my characters are unique and fresh and it’s great to hear that readers are loving them!
Jen: What’s been the highlight of your career to this point?
Pamela: Making the USA Today best selling author list. Getting to occasionally hang out with Nora Roberts at some of my professional writing conferences– I admire her so very much. Oh and having my family love, love, love the books– that has been a joy I never expected!
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Pamela: Free time? What free time? No, just kidding. I know it’s important to MOVE. Writers often sit for many hours in a day. So my husband and I will take an afternoon off once a week and drive to the Sonoma Coast and hike on the beach or in the coastal forest. I couldn’t survive without that recharge time! I also love white water kayaking and managed to get some in this past July. And living here, on the farm, there’s always gardening and watching the migrating birds as they come through.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Pamela: A Very Daring Christmas is available for pre-order right now! In A Very Daring Christmas, USA Today Bestselling author Pamela Aares’ newest book in the Tavonesi Series, an invitation to join his teammate for Christmas throws sports phenom Jake Ryder straight into the path of Hollywood sensation Cameron Kelley, the one woman he’s fighting to forget. And they soon find out that the greatest dare is the one that leads to true love.
It was such fun to write a Christmas story! I love Christmas, really everything about the holidays, the spirit, the colors, and the way that people take the time and make an effort to open their hearts just a bit more than usual. And Jake and Cameron’s story ends up in Trovare Castle, a setting that is threaded throughout the Tavonesi series as Trovare is the home of Alex Tavonesi, the sexy, wise mentor to many of the heroes in the series.