Blog Tour: Interview for Rome in Love by Anita Hughes!!!

Posted July 29, 2015 by Nori in Blog Tour/ Blitzes, Interviews / 1 Comment

Rome in Love
Anita Hughes
Release Date: 08/04/2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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.


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What made you decide to go into writing?
I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and when I was eight I won a national writing contest in The Australian Newspaper (still the most prestigious newspaper in Australia). The headline read “Australia’s Next Best Writers” and I won twenty-five dollars! I was hooked.

When you first started writing ROME IN LOVE, did you focus on the Amelia as an actress, or Audrey Hepburn as a role model? (Basically, which idea popped into your head first)
I focused on Audrey Hepburn first. I fell in love with her voice and her clothes and her incredible charm and I wanted to hear her voice when I wrote.

What was the biggest difference when writing ROME IN LOVE compared to your other novels?
The biggest difference is ROME IN LOVE features a real character. I did a lot of research on Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and the making of Roman Holiday. I learned some fascinating things and incorporated them into the story, it was great fun!

What’s your favorite food? (curious minds want to know 😉 )
Anyone who knows me, knows it is frozen yogurt. I live in Southern California so frozen yogurt is a must. A second favorite is any kind of coffee, so I would do very well in Rome.

Do you think that the cover matches the book well? Why/why not?
I adore the cover, especially the heart in the cappuccino! I think the cover suits the book wonderfully. It has a dreamy, elegant quality, and makes me want to sit at an outdoor cafe in Rome.

About the Author:

ANITA HUGHES is the author of, Monarch Beach, Market Street, Lake Como and French Coast. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.

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