Monday, July 20, 2015

Author Interview: Anita Hughes (and a Giveaway!!!)

Hello dear troglodytes! It's been a while since I last posted but don't worry because today on the blog, we have a very special guest. And it's...

Anita Hughes
Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her writing career began at the age of eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named "One of Australia's Next Best Writers." (She still has the newspaper clipping.)

She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program.

Her debut novel MONARCH BEACH was released in June 2012, followed by MARKET STREET in March 2013 and LAKE COMO in August 2013.

FRENCH COAST was released in April 2015... and ROME IN LOVE will be released in August 2015

She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets.


The wonderful people at St. Martin's Press gave me the chance to interview Anita Hughes about her upcoming novel, ROME IN LOVE. Check it out below!

1. Rome In Love is your newest novel, could you tell us more about it?

is about a young actress who gets the Audrey Hepburn role in the remake of ROMAN HOLIDAY. While on location in Rome, she discovers Audrey Hepburn's letters, written more than fifty years ago, when Audrey was making Roman Holiday. These letters help her make decisions about her own career and relationships.

2. Most of your novels are Women's Fiction (Chick Lit), how is Rome In Love different from your other novels?

ROME IN LOVE is definitely women's fiction - it has great female friendships and romance - but it is a little different because it also has real people - Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, William Wyler and Mel Ferrer.

3. What's the best thing in writing Rome In Love?

I loved writing Rome In Love! I loved writing about Rome because it is such a fascinating city and I adored writing about Audrey Hepburn because I could hear her voice in my head while I wrote.

4. What is your message/piece of advice to those aspiring writers?

Truly write the book you want to read. When I write, I get so wrapped up in my characters, all I want to do is be with them. And also, when you're not writing, read all the time! Nothing is a better teacher than reading.

5. Recommend your novel [Rome In Love] to the readers.

I think my readers will enjoy ROME IN LOVE because it is both a love story and a wonderful homage to Audrey Hepburn. I hope they will come away from reading the novel feeling like they have experienced the food and fashion of Rome, and learned a little more about Audrey's life.

Know more about ROME IN LOVE...
Rome In Love
by Anita Hughes

Women's Fiction - Contemporary, Romance 
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From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

With her sensory descriptions of the beautiful sites, decadent food, and high fashion of Rome, Hughes draws readers into this fast-paced and superbly written novel. Rome in Love will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

And of course, this post would not be complete without a...


• Giveaway is open to US/CAN residents only. (Sorry, INTL folks!)
• Must be 18+ or have parent's permission before joining this giveaway.
• Once the giveaway is over, I'll be the one to contact the winner. If he/she doesn't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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Big thanks to St. Martin's Press for making this post possible!


  1. I love Anita's books and am excited to read this one!

  2. I am excited to read Rome In Love Anita Hughes is one of my favorite authors!

  3. Such a beautiful cover. I read Monarch Beach and am looking forward to reading this one.

  4. I've read all of Anita's other books and have Rome in Love on my to-read list. I'm definitely a fan of Chick Lit books.

  5. I have read all of her books and loved them all

  6. I LOVE Anita Hughes' novels and am SO excited to read Rome in Love! I also do enoy women's fiction as well because the characters deal with REAL life issues. Thank you for the chance.

  7. I've never read any books from this author, but I enjoy reading chick literature. This books sounds young and fun!


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