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Genre: Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Interview With the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve written my whole life. Whether it be screen treatments, screenplays, poetry, speeches, or short stories, however, I didn’t get serious about writing until 2007. My mother is a Holocaust survivor. She was a child of ten, living happily in Poland when the war broke out. No one knew her story better than me. My mother’s story, In the Face of Evil, was born. It was my first full length novel and I was very proud when it was awarded Finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards.
What genres do you write in?
My first series The Only One is romance/suspense/erotic. My new series Tip of the Spear is really romance/thriller with a teaspoon of sex. For me, it’s all about the story and the struggles of the characters to reach their goals. For my own personal satisfaction, I must push the envelope or I’m not fully engaged.
What drew you to writing this specific genre?
When I finished In the Face of Evil all the stories and characters inside of me clamored to be heard. I’d been making notes on restaurant napkins for years, it was like a hobby: drink wine, dine, and dream up storylines. The problem was I felt spent from the intensity of writing a historical novel that focused on war and survival. I needed a writing vacation. Around this time, just like everyone else in the world, I read Fifty Shades of Grey. I enjoyed it. I knew I wasn’t reading Tolstoy. My first thought was, you can do this and you might even have a good time with it.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I’ve always been a voracious reader. Through books I travelled the world, time travelled through history, learned about different cultures, ventured into imaginary worlds, rode the wings of dragons, and combed through the minds of some of the most extraordinary people that have ever lived. I hope that through my books, my readers will learn something they didn’t know before, feel something they’ve never felt before, and escape to somewhere they’ve never been before.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Reviews, of course. Hearing from readers about how my books affected them is always a thrill. I just received a Kindle review for Escape (Tip of the Spear) that made all of the blood, sweat, and tears worthwhile. The reader wrote: “I recently read this and I really liked it. I liked the political intrigue and espionage aspect of the plot; It was packed with details and action. This drew in someone like me, who rarely reads romances. There is a lot of story packed into one short novel and I read it very quickly. The story moves at a fast-pace, but not so fast that you can’t keep up with what’s going on. I’m considering reading book 2 in the series, which is not something I’ve ever done with any romance novel before.”
What do you find the most challenging thing about writing?
The most challenging part of writing for me is the research. I’m a stickler for authenticity. I do a ton of research for my books. It has to be real whether I’m writing about setting, the FBI, Mossad, culture, religious background, food, nuclear facilities, or guns and roses. If it’s not based on fact, it won’t make it onto the pages of a Belle Ami book.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Do your homework, and learn your craft. Writing, like everything else requires an education. Writers are not born. They struggle to find their voice. Then they fine tune that voice and clarify it with courses, education, practice, great editors, and hard work. I write every day, no matter what. There is no easy path to becoming a successful writer, regardless of what you may think.
What types of books do you enjoy reading?
I’m a book junkie. I read everything from romance, thrillers, biography, historical novels, paranormal, and pure literary past and present. A good book is a good book.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Of course, I’m interesting. Otherwise, my books wouldn’t be interesting. I’m a classical pianist and a music freak. Just like my reading, my musical tastes are broad and diverse. I love country western, classical, hard rock, oldies, opera, and pop. I’m also a gourmet cook and take great pride in creating beautiful, tasty meals. Somehow, I also manage to fit in a vigorous workout three or four day a week, which keeps me fit for my other passion skiing. Travelling is always a pleasure, and I’ve done my share of it. Sometime, around Christmas I’m planning a trip to Vienna and then to Eilat, Israel where I’ll visit my daughter who’s studying hotel management at Ben Gurion University.
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Other Books by Belle Ami
Series: Tip of the Spear Book 1
Escape, a sexy romantic thriller that “what ifs?” a nuclearized Middle East.
When Harvard student, Layla Wallace and her Saudi boyfriend are kidnapped to Iran, a deep-cover Mossad agent is activated and given a mission. He’s ordered to either get Layla out of Iran, or if failing that—kill her.
Buy Links: Available on Amazon.com
This story is suspenseful, it’s smart, it’s sexy, it’s a page-turner that you will be loathed to put down.
– Romance Reviews
$25 Amazon Gift Card
3 Digital Copies of Escape (Tip of the Spear Book 1)
About Belle Ami