Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.
Thank you for joining me in welcoming…Talli Roland!!
I met Talli through blogging. I smile every time I stop by her blog. Talli has a delicious sense of humor, and her warm personality always improves my day. I’m so happy to share Talli’s latest book news—Construct a Couple, the second book in the Serenity Holland series—is coming out next month! Yay!
Let’s get to it!
1. Beverage of choice?
I think anyone who knows me will be able to answer that question in a heartbeat: wine! Any kind! The cheaper the better! If I have the option of choosing, my two favourites are Pinot Grigio and Merlot. I’m also quite partial to a good kir and some bubbly, if it’s available.
2. Any pets?
Sigh. No. I’d love to have a cat, but we live in a central London flat with no outdoor space. Not only that, but our windows don’t have screens (typical in Europe) and they open onto a balcony which runs the length of the old Victorian terrace in which we live. Kitty would be able to scamper up and down the 150-metre terrace, popping in and out of flats at random – great life for a cat until it gets trapped!
3. Dream vacation?
I think I’ve already taken it! For my and Mr TR’s honeymoon, we travelled to a small island off the coast of Croatia. It was absolutely glorious: no cars are allowed; you need to walk over a mountain on a path through pines to get to the beach on the other side; and the water was crystal clear. We stayed in a small inn on the side of the mountain and every morning we’d wake up to a view of the harbour with sailboats drifting in. Bliss.
4. What are you listening to right now?
It’s Sunday morning and I’m filling my ears with Chopin on BBC Radio 3. Weekend mornings are all about classical music for me – there’s something so low-key and relaxing about it.
5. What's for dinner?
Mr TR is away in Japan right now and I honestly can’t be bothered cooking for myself, so tonight it will be mac and cheese. Classy, I know.
Talli—you? Wine? I never would have guessed! Ha! I love Pinot Grigio but find Merlot a bit dry. Cabernet Sauvignon is my fave! I agree with you on the kitty issue. What if some old lady in your building decided to close her windows for good? With Kitty inside? We can’t let that happen!
I’m drooling over your dream vacation. And to think you’ve made it happen! Just the thought of a beach, sailboats drifting, and no cars is enough to slow my pulse. Sounds lovely. Your Sunday tradition of classical music is also a fabulous idea. I’ve been loving an old John Coltrane CD all week, and I agree, low-key and relaxing are vital! By the way, Mac and Cheese is always classy. Thanks so much for being my guest today!
***Construct a Couple
With a great job at a reputable magazine and a man who’s the perfect match, Serenity Holland thinks she’s laid the foundation for an ideal London life. When a routine assignment uncovers a shocking secret threatening her boyfriend’s company, Serenity decides to leave nothing to chance, taking matters into her own hands. Soon, though, she realises keeping secrets isn't as easy as she thought . . . and the consequences are far worse than she ever imagined.
***Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories—complete with happy endings. Talli’s debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. Build A Man is her latest release. You can learn more about Talli at her website, her blog, by following her on Facebook, and on Twitter. To purchase her books, head to Talli’s Amazon page!
Do you ever listen to classical music? What relaxes you on weekends?
Have an amazing Wednesday!