With the Tour de France about to start, it's almost perfect timing that the author you'll be meeting on my blog today - Kimberly Menozzi - is here to talk about her latest novel, 27 Stages, which is set in the world of professional cycling.
Want to find out more? I'll let Kimberly herself take it from here...
I read a little bit of everything. I know most writers say that, but I really do – from Stephen King to Tim Parks to Adriana Trigiani to Jennifer Weiner and just about everyone/everything in-between. I read voraciously, to the point that my family understand I don't read books – I eat them.
And yet, I have to confess that, in spite of writing love stories, category romances aren't something I seek out. Which is to say: I don't browse the Romance section of the book store or library. While I read books written by my friends – especially by my critique partner, the lovely and talented Nell Dixon – I don't go out of my way to find romance novels. When they find me, however, I will read them.
So, she started over again. And she lost those, too.
After a trip to England in 2002, she began work on A Marginal Life (Well-Lived), inspired by the music of Jarvis Cocker and Pulp. The novel was completed in 2003, and is undergoing rewrites with hopes of publication in the near future.
Also in 2003, she met and fell in love with an Italian accountant named Alessandro. She married him in 2004. This necessitated her arrival in Italy and she has lived there ever since. After several months of working for language schools and writing blog entries for her family in the US to read, new story ideas began to develop.
Finally, in 2007, she began work on a new project, inspired by her love/hate relationship with her new home. The novel Ask Me if I'm Happy was completed in 2009.
Ask Me if I'm Happy was first released November 15th, 2010 in the UK, and was re-released in the US on May 31st, 2011. Also in May of 2011, Kimberly published the novella "Alternate Rialto", a prequel to Ask Me if I'm Happy.
Kimberly released her latest novel, 27 Stages, in April of 2013.
I wish you loads of success with 27 Stages - I'm certainly looking forward to reading it - and lots of luck for all your future writing projects.
27 Stages is available HERE from Amazon, in both Kindle format and paperback.
And you can check out all of Kimberly's books over on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
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