We love the setting for the Florentine Series. We have never been to Florence, but the imagery in your words describes it so beautifully, we feel like we've visited. Tell us about your passion for Florence and what brought you to write this series.
Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers.
Florence is my favourite city. It’s beautiful, exciting, and mysterious. I was eager to set my new paranormal series there and introduce readers to several different aspects of the city.
The prequel to The Raven is The Prince. He is a dark, powerful and charismatic being who leads a dark world and controls the Underground in Florence. What led you to write a paranormal romance?
Somehow Florence changes after dark. It isn’t much of a stretch to imagine shadowy figures running across rooftops or strange creatures lurking in dark alleys. I wanted to bring these beings to life. Also, I wanted to explore what would happen when the underworld of Florence collided with daylight.
We were thrilled to be reading more of Professor Gabriel Emerson and loved the way you combined what was a romantic love story into a supernatural storyline involving Gabriel's Botticelli collection. What inspired the connection between the two stories?
In Gabriel’s Inferno, we are introduced to Gabriel’s prized Botticelli illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy. I wanted to explore their back story, but it was too far afield to do so in The Gabriel Series. I’d always intended to write a paranormal series set in Florence, so when I began writing The Raven, I decided to link the two series through the illustrations.
And I wanted to give the Professor a rival…
What's next for these characters? What will we see in the follow up book?
I’m finishing the manuscript to the sequel to The Raven now. In the sequel, we’ll see more of Raven and the Prince and their relationship, and more of Gabriel and Julia, but we’ll also learn more about the secret group known as the Curia. And the Prince has yet to discover who has been plotting to overthrow him and seize control of Florence…
Your charities are an important part of your social media. Are there any particular charities you are currently supporting that we can bring to our readers attention?
Thank you for asking me about this. I try to use my platform as a writer to highlight various charities. Recently I’ve been focusing on Covenant House, which provides shelter and safety to homeless youth. (It’s mentioned in The Raven)
I’ve also been supporting No Kid Hungry, which is working to end childhood hunger in America.
We have seen Gabriel's Inferno and have voted for Henry Cavill as our Gabriel Emerson. Any news about that series being made into a movie or television series?
There’s been interest but I don’t have an announcement at the moment. However, I’d like to mention that there’s a particular scene in Gabriel’s Redemption that was inspired by the many members of your site and their enthusiastic support of The Professor.
(Editor’s Note: It’s in Chapter 33 of Gabriel’s Redemption and starts with “Are you him?” the boy asked. “Am I whom?” “Superman.”….It’s a wonderful scene with Superman Gabriel as the focus. We loved this scene and two of our admins got quite a chuckle when it was discovered. Thank you for the nod to all of Henry Cavill’s fans, SR. )
The Raven Book Summary
Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers’ screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her...
When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history—the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets...