Featured Interview With Emilia Rosa
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in California from Brazilian parents. My father was studying at Stanford University and had the whole family in the US for two years. We moved back and I lived in three different states in Brazil. I lived in the city of Rio de Janeiro for many years and my love for the sea comes from that time. My parents come from the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul–frontier with Uruguay, cowboy country. I moved back to the US and lived two years in Florida. I now live in Northern Ohio. We have two pets: Paco, a feisty Chihuahua, and Bandit, a troublesome mix-Chihuahua. My daughter, who was born in south of Brazil, lives in Louisiana. My relatives live in two states: Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I studied French, English, Spanish and Italian while living in Brazil and read in those languages—all kinds/genres. I started reading books in high school. I read at least one book per week. Later on, I’d have three or four books at the same time. Nowadays, with researching for my novels and writing, I unfortunately don’t have much time, but still always have at least one book handy. I wrote poetry when I was a kid, but didn’t keep anything. A few years ago, I started to write poetry and it was published by local publishing houses. I also won first prize in a library poetry contest; I had submitted to that poetry contest every year since and have won second and third prizes more than one.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
For several years I have been favoring books from the Golden Age of detective/mystery novels. I love their sense of humor and the lack of gritty, graphic details. My favorite authors are many. A few of them: Jane Austen (OK, not a mystery writer), Agatha Christie, Balduin Groller, Margery Allingham, F. Van Wyck Mason, Dorothy L. Sayers, R. Austin Freeman, Sax Rohmer, G. K. Chesterton, and, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle. I like to be entertained, not depressed by what I read. So, and although I don’t have their talent, their light prose and humor inspired me to instill the same style in my stories.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In the previous novel, FINDING CRISTINA, the beautiful young Cristina found her true identity, her parentage and the love of her life. In this sequel, after moving to New York City with her husband, she gives birth to her son. She and her new family travel by ocean liner to Rio de Janeiro, her childhood home, to visit the woman who raised her. On this trip, and upon their arrival, strange happenings occur that threaten Cristina, her husband Robert and their future together. The young couple find themselves separated and battling for their identity and to be reunited. They fail to recognize that there is a nefarious adversary as they struggle for their future. Will they overcome the obstacles thrown in their path as they build A New Life?
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