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Delighted to be joined today by the lovely Nancy Barone who has let me interrogate her for my site.  I read Nancy’s book The Husband Diet last year and LOVED it!  So I was delighted when she asked me if I’d like to read a copy of her self-published book Desserted in Sicily.  I really enjoyed reading it and I have never wanted to visit a country more in my life. The descriptions of Sicily, made me want to jump on a plane and a boat and go there right away. It sounded divine and I could picture every scene that Nancy described so beautifully as if I was there.

I wanted to swap lives with Gillian as she began her journey of reinvention after finding her husband of twenty five years in the arms of another woman. She changed both physically and mentally and it was truly inspirational to read about her. And I was definitely routing for Mattia, maybe one day I may find a Mattia of my own! He sounded like my perfect man!

So to sum up, what more can you ask for? A gorgeous hero, delicious food, plenty of cake and a woman who turns her life around! What a perfect combination for a novel!

So, you’ve heard what I thought about Nancy’s book, now it’s time for some questions!

How would you describe your writing and your books?

Hi Kim, hello everyone and thanks for having me!

I’ll start off by saying that my writing is colloquial and straightforward, but also full of asides that we always have in our heads, considering pros and cons, what-ifs and all those things most men never bother with and will never understand! My books mostly feature women of Italian descent or visiting/ living in Italy and struggling with either body, middle age or relationship issues. There’s always a hunky man in the background, but it’s usually her own sense of humour and determination that save her. Sometimes she can be under-confident but her optimism always pulls her through!

Can you tell me a bit about Desserted in Sicily?

Desserted In Sicily came to mind while I was planning my trip to the Sicilian island of Lipari, the largest of the Eolian Islands. With the intention of surprising her husband away on business in Sicily, my heroine Gillian discovers he has a younger woman on the side. But rather than catching the first plane home, she decides to stay on the island for a while until she can decide her next move in life. With the help of a few friends, an insane amount of desserts- and a younger man, she discovers her inner-strength and her business acumen.

What made you write this book?

The beauty of Lipari just grabbed my heart and I started wondering what it would be like if my holiday didn’t have to end, and if I could stay. What would I do on an island with a population of ten thousand people? But first I had to give my heroine a reason for coming on her own as she’s afraid of flying. And once the rough winter winds started beating the island, what would make her stay? Gillian gradually came to life with her zany personality, so much that when I boarded the catamaran back to the mainland, I actually turned to give her one last wave and a thumbs-up for good luck… but I have a funny feeling we’ll be seeing her again soon!

I absolutely loved The Husband Diet. I hear that there is also a sequel out. Can you tell us about both of these books and what we can expect from them?

Thank you, Kim! The Husband Diet was a real labour of love and I absolutely fell in love with Erica Cantelli, the overweight and under-loved mom of two. As her husband grows more and more distant, Erica fights a gazillion battles against her lack of confidence, her weight, her demanding career and her over-bearing gorgeous mom. Erica’s dream is to escape all this and go back to Tuscany where her Italian roots are. Luckily she has her BGFF Paul on her side. And her kids’ hunky headmaster Julian Foxham…

The sequel, My Big Fat Italian Break-Up, sees the amazing Erica Cantelli finally in Tuscany with her kids and Julian. They have big plans. But things are not going well at all. She is so determined to make things work that she messes everything up… big time!

What or who inspires you to write?

I’m inspired by honest women. It makes me cringe when I see perfect pictures of perfect families and women with perfect relationships. If you’re anywhere near human, you have as many issues as the next gal. So let’s not put on a farce and let’s supprt each other instead! I’m lucky to know and have many great women as close friends- ladies who have been to hell and back- and thanks to their strength and sense of humour, are now smiling about it all…

Where do you write?

I have a lovely study, but I prefer to write from the comfort of my sofa. Stephen King would shake his head if he knew…

What do you like to read? Who are your favourite authors?

I love wimfic with smart, flawed, funny and honest women. Which means I love Jennifer Weiner, Jennifer Crusie and Sue Watson.

What advice would you give to a budding writer who has yet to get work published?

I know everyone has the same advice- but it’s true:

1. Write every day, even if it’s just a page.

2. Become market-savvy, but stay true to your own voice.

3. Don’t waste your time on the internet unless it’s for research. Turn off FB, Twitter, etc.

4. Write what you know- let it come from your heart.

5. Read everything, not only in your genre. And when you find an author you like, support her/him.

6. Get yourself an agent- a good one- as soon as you can. She will help you get your foot in that One Big Door you’ve been trying to access.

7. Never give up!

So what’s next for Nancy Barone?

After Desserted In Sicily and My Big Fat Italian Break-Up, I’ve got Book 3 of The Husband Diet series. And a prequel that harks back to Erica’s single days (and oh, the trouble she gets herself into!). Can you tell how much I love Erica Cantelli?

Also, I’m currently writing a story about a difficult relationship between two sisters- not as light-hearted as my other stories, but it has touched my heart in ways I’d never even considered.

Well, I guess that’s it for now! Kim, I wanted to thank you for having me on your coolest-ever blog! Your love of books and writers shows in your every word and smile!

Also, I wanted to thank all those people who bought The Husband Diet and wrote fantastic reviews asking me for the sequel! I wouldn’t be writing if it wasn’t for you and that’s the truth. I’d have given up- the one thing you should never ever do. Cheers!

About Desserted in Sicily

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In an attempt to resuscitate her twenty-five year-old marriage, GILLIAN DOBSON knocks down a few tranquilizers and takes the dreaded flight to the Sicilian island of Lipari to surprise her husband, away on a business trip. Big mistake- he has Alternative Female Company.

To preserve what’s left of her dignity, Gillian has no choice but to dash out into the street in her bathrobe, her life practically over. In her drugged, confused state, she is (almost) hit by a car.
The driver turns out to be the younger, sex-on-a-stick local playboy, MATTIA SPADARO, a cross between Adonis and Rudolph Valentino. And a flirt extraordinaire. If simply looking at him gives her electric shock, anything more would surely give her a heart attack? What’s worse, they share a wild passion for Sicilian desserts. Just what she needs- another man who’s bad for her.

But between the cannoli and the Sicilian ice cream, when Gillian must make a few life-changing decisions, will Mattia really be there for her or will she once again be… Desserted in Sicily?

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OCTOBER 8, 2016 · 8:55 AM

Nancy Barone – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Nancy Barone to the blog. Nancy is the author of The Husband Diet, with the sequel, My Big Fat Italian Break-Up being published on 27 July  2016. Her novel, Desserted in Sicily was published on 17 July 2016.

Nancy answered a few of my questions.

1. Tell us a little about My Big Fat Italian Break-up and Desserted in Sicily.

Hi Janet and thank you so much for this opportunity to chat! 

My latest books, Desserted in Sicily and My Big Fat Italian Break-up originate from two different moments in my life.

Desserted in Sicily came to me while visiting the island of Lipari. I was so taken with the wild natural beauty and the intimacy of the island (population 10k) that I wondered what it would be like when all the tourists left. And that’s when Gillian Morana came to life. She’s like a really good friend to me now! The island of Lipari really has it all, in my opinion- gorgeous food, amazing views and- oh- did I mention the men? 

My Big Fat Italian Break-up, on the contrary, is the sequel to my successful story, The Husband Diet that is still high up on the Amazon best-selling list after 3 years. I guess the secret to its success is that Erica Cantelli, my heroine, is like your girl next door, only with a gazillion more dreams and very driven. Perhaps a bit too much. After she’s finally obtained it all, everything starts to slip away again, including her dreamboat partner Julian Foxham who, BTW, has had excellent reviews from readers. Many have written to say, “I want me a Julian!” 

2. What inspired the book?

Like me, my heroines are native English speakers who find themselves in Italy for one reason or another… and get ‘trapped’ by a local hunk.

3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you? How long does the process take you from first line to completed novel?

I’d love to be either a plotter or a punster, but the truth is… this morning I woke up with the first page of my next book already in my head! So I had to sit up, grab my notebook and scribble away- I love that!

4. What did you discover about the process of creating a novel that surprised you?

I think writing gives me the opportunity to delve into people’s psyche, but also into my own- I always discover something new about the way my own brain works, and when I move a paragraph or a chapter, it slots in perfectly, opening up new avenues and it never ceases to amaze me.

5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?

I teach English in a tiny fishing village in Sicily, but luckily my job allows me the writing time I need. I’m also completing a Master at the moment, but I always manage to find the time for a walk on the beach- and Sicilian ice-cream!

5. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?

Gosh, like all of your readers, choosing would be impossible! But if I had to say how much I admire the talent and tenacity of someone, it would be Kerry Fisher for her The School Gate Survival Guide! I also love romance authors such as Lisa Marie Rice, a very good friend of mine. NO Alpha-male is anywhere near hers in hotness…

Regarding other authors, I’m biased of course, but I think that Bookouture authors are truly the best out there! The books are top-notch quality with that extra-something! Not to mention they are amazing people to chat with and get me through my Uh-uh days!

7. I like to end my Q&A’s with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?

I wish someone would ask me about my connection with my heroines! Like Gillian, Erica and Valentina (my beloved new heroine), I have close ties to Italy, love food (and it shows!) and dream of that writing desk above the sea! One day…

Thanks very much for answering my questions and for appearing on my blog.

Thank you so much, Janet and your followers! I really enjoyed answering your questions!

About the Books:

“Erica has now found her Mr. Right. But can she keep him…?

After a failed marriage, Erica Cantelli has finally made it to Italy with her two children- and, amazingly, their delicious school principal Julian Foxham who chose her over all the stick-figured moms in Chanel suits and pearls.
The plan was for him to run the farm and for her to run her the country B&B, A Taste of Tuscany.
Two years in, however, her business is failing miserably, while Julian’s career as a novelist is soaring. As is he, jetting off with his younger- and gorgeous- publicist.
Despite having set a wedding date, with every day that goes by, their personal dreams are heading in opposite directions and her sexy Italian chef Alberto offers her a shoulder to cry on. And the wine that causes her to make a huge mistake…
When she discovers that a rival B&B is scheming to run her into the ground, Erica, a former hotel manager and butt-kicker extraordinaire who has been a ‘dormant’ housewife until now, finally unleashes all her cut-throat instincts to fight back and protect her family’s livelihood.

Yes, The Amazing Erica is back, but will her wedding cake hold together, or are she and Julian skating on thin icing?”

“In an attempt to resuscitate her twenty-five year-old marriage, GILLIAN DOBSON knocks down a few tranquilizers and takes the dreaded flight to the Sicilian island of Lipari to surprise her husband, away on a business trip. Big mistake- he has Alternative Female Company.

To preserve what’s left of her dignity, Gillian has no choice but to dash out into the street in her bathrobe, her life practically over. In her drugged, confused state, she is (almost) hit by a car.
The driver turns out to be the younger, sex-on-a-stick local playboy, MATTIA SPADARO, a cross between Adonis and Rudolph Valentino. And a flirt extraordinaire. If simply looking at him gives her electric shock, anything more would surely give her a heart attack? What’s worse, they share a wild passion for Sicilian desserts. Just what she needs- another man who’s bad for her.

But between the cannoli and the Sicilian ice cream, when Gillian must make a few life-changing decisions, will Mattia really be there for her or will she once again be… Desserted in Sicily?
For fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jen Lancaster, Marian Keyes and Sue Watson.”

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NANCY BARONE WYTHE E IL SENSO DELLA VITA

 Parla inglese la cittadina di Santa Croce Camerina. Quell’inglese imparato tra i banchi della scuola che Nick Wythe ha aperto da qualche anno, quando con la moglie, Nancy Barone, ha deciso di vivere a due passi dal mare, lo splendido litorale di Punta Braccetto, dove i tramonti rallegrano la vista e riempiono il cuore.

foto di Marcello Bocchieri

 

In una bella villa lungo la strada che da Santa Croce porta al mare, immersa nella campagna, Nancy e Nick condividono il loro amore. E le loro passioni. Nancy scrive romanzi, storie di donne e gialli, ma sempre con un pò di… rosa. Li leggono molto in America. “Piacciono ovviamente di più alle donne – spiega con un sorriso contagioso -, ma anche amici mi hanno fatto sapere di gradire molto quello che scrivo”. Nick è originario di Londra, Nancy è nata in Canada ed ha poi studiato all’Università in Toscana. “I miei genitori – racconta – sono originari di Santa Croce, ma io sono nata e cresciuta in Canada. Dopo la laurea in Lingue e letterature straniere a Pisa, non essendoci concorsi, perchè io volevo insegnare, sono tornata in Canada. Li ho conosciuto Nick e abbiamo deciso di stare insieme e vivere qui a Santa Croce. Ci siamo conosciuti in una ditta che si occupava di prodotti che si vendevano tramite cataloghi, quando ancora non c’erano gli acquisti on line.Lavoravamo in amministrazione. E’ nata un’amicizia, ma nulla di più. Ci siamo ritrovati per caso anni dopo, e abbiamo detto ok, forse sta per funzionare qualcosa. Ed è nata la nostra storia. Siamo sposati da sei anni. Poi ho vinto il concorso. Insegno a Cava D’Aliga, in una scuola media. E’ una piccola scuola, in una casa presa in affitto. C’è un bel rapporto, c’è più contatto umano. Con i miei alunni sono severa, ma giusta. Preferisco non ricorrere ai rimproveri, se sbagliano li guardo male o li imito. Una volta, un alunno si era messo gli occhiali da sole in aula. Potevosgridarlo, ma ho preferito prendere i miei occhiali da sole e metterli. Poi ho poggiato i gomiti sul tavolo ed ho iniziato a fissarlo. Lui ha capito, ha sorriso e li ha tolti”.

Insegnante di mattina, scrittrice di pomeriggio. In che modo si organizza?

Fino ad oggi ho pubblicato sei libri. Un altro è stato accettato. Ce ne sono altri undici a cui sto lavorando, perchè non riesco a scriverne uno per volta. Devo avere più cose insieme, altrimenti mi annoio. Il mercato è quello anglofono, perchè qui pochissime persone leggono in inglese. Anche se c’è una comunità inglese tra Modica e Ragusa. Ogni tanto ci riuniamo. Sono persone un pò meno giovani di noi, già in pensione. Non avendo l’incombenza del lavoro, hanno deciso di lasciare tutto e di andare a vivere nel posto più bello del mondo. Sì, per me è davvero il posto più bello del mondo. Ho vissuto a Toronto, a Londra, in Toscana, che è bellissima, ma non c’è paragone. Non è tanto per le bellezze naturali, quelle famose. Ma è lo spirito… come se la terra emanasse qualcosa di speciale che nessun’altra terra emana. È come se venisse dal suolo, non lo so dire… Ho provato a raccontarlo anche nei miei scritti. Ho scritto la sceneggiatura di un film D’amore e d’America. Parla di alcuni delitti dovuti allo scirocco. Con quel caldo ragioni di meno. Nei miei racconti questo caldo è come un agente non tanto malefico, ma propulsore… un personaggio vero e proprio a cui non puoi dire di no.

Il posto preferito dove mettersi a scrivere è il bordo piscina?

Meno male che c’è altrimenti non avrei scritto più nulla. Alcune volte mi metto sotto il gelso.

Le donne sono al centro delle sue opere, come vede le donne siciliane ed in particolar modo quelle della zona in cui vive?

Le vedo sempre più indipendenti. Mentre prima vivevano all’ombra dei propri padri e poi dei mariti. Oggi questa cosa non c’è più. Forse per l’influsso dei media. Ora riescono ad uscire da questo gruppo famiglia che può essere una trappola se glielo permetti.

Una terra stupenda, ma con dei limiti?

Non mi piace l’emarginazione che devono subire i tunisini. Sono persone speciali. E poi la burocrazia: è troppo lenta. Mio marito ogni volta che deve andare in posta ha gli incubi. Nel mondo lavorativo ci sono persone che non si presentano per i lavori, c’è un certo menefreghismo. Per fortuna vedo che diventa sempre più raro, ma ne ho sentite di storie non proprio belle.

Tanti gli amici che dall’estero vengono a visitare questa terra che affascina tanto da decidere di viverci tutta la vita. Che impressione hanno avuto loro?

Si sono subito messi a cercare casa qui. Nell’attimo in cui sono arrivati, amici canadesi e inglesi, hanno immediatamente chiesto di contattare un agente immobiliare. Ci hanno visti bene inseriti, e quindi hanno deciso di trovare casa qui.

Il vostro sogno nel cassetto?

Viaggiare, vedere tutto il mondo e raccontarlo. Una tappa che vorremmo fare al più presto? L’Australia. Noi siamo molto contenti di vivere qui. E’ anche una bella sfida insegnare qui, dove le regole vengono anche contorte un pò. Non ci dispiacerebbe anche rimanere in qualche modo legati a Londra. Magari vivere sei mesi qui e sei mesi lì.

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