Today as part of The Echoes of Love blog tour, I am pleased to welcome Hannah Fielding onto the blog to talk about the characters and the setting for her novel.
The characters in The Echoes of Love were quite easy to write, once I ‘met’ them in real life! I saw my heroine, Venetia, in the street in Venice; she was one of those confident, impeccably groomed international women you often see in Italy. All my heroines have a little of me in them, and in this case she’s not always brave or clear thinking, but she is human, kind and sensitive. The hero, Paolo, was just as serendipitous: my husband introduced me to an Italian lawyer who had extraordinary charm, but who seemed to have been bruised by life. Later, I found it easy to build a tragic history around this figure.
The setting was perhaps the most fun part to write, because in the interest of research I convinced my husband that a trip to Venice was in order. Sheer heaven! I had a wonderful time immersing myself in the culture there, and exploring every nook and cranny of the city. This kind of field research is essential for me, because I have to know a place in order to capture it well on paper. I believe that the setting in a romance novel is essential for establishing a romantic mood and transporting the reader to the fantasy world I am creating, to capture not only their attention but also their emotions. The reader must be able to see, feel, taste, hear, smell everything my heroes and heroines are experiencing, and I call upon all the senses to render an authentic ambiance. The result, I hope, is a book that is pure escapism for the reader, transporting them to another place in such a way that they are lost in the story.
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