My last post of the day is on the blog tour for The Casanova Papers by Kate Zarrelli. I’m delighted to bring you a guest post from Kate talking about why she writes romance. But before we get to it, here’s all the info about the book and author…..Also, don’t forget to enter the absolutely gorgeous giveaway below too!
book blurb & INfo
Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?
Published by: eXtasy Books Inc on 7th June 2020
Formats available: Paperback & Digital
about the author
Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.
guest post ~ Why I write romance
My Mum had a summer job when she was a student back in the 1950s, working in a public library in Tottenham. There was a lady who used to come in to borrow westerns for her bed-ridden husband. She couldn’t read, but never borrowed the same book twice because she remembered the pictures on the covers. Then the last summer Mum was working there this lady asked her help to find ‘a nice romance, with nice clear print and not too many difficult words.’ In the past year she had taught herself to read, with romances. Please tell that story to anyone who is sniffy about romances. Every book that anyone wants to read is important to them, and in that case life-changing. I would love it if anything I’d written had a major impact on someone’s life in some way, but of course the author never knows. You just have to write the book you want to write, send it out there, and hope someone will get some of the pleasure out of it that you had in writing it.
Asking myself why I write romance is a bit like asking why people fall in love. We love being in love, and being loved back, and so it follows that we love reading about it. In my case I love writing about it too, imaging the scenes, the heartbreaks, the joy, the warmth of the skin of the beloved. Getting to fall in love with the hero is an added benefit (the kind of adultery you’re allowed; I’ve been with my lovely husband thirty years). Jane Austen is often credited with being the first romantic novelist, with Pride and Prejudice her finest example of the genre, but there are plenty of romances written before then, though some of them are a bit farfetched, and involve the hero rescuing his palpitating beloved from all sorts of sticky situations. Nowadays we’d expect the heroine to be resourceful enough to fight her way out of them herself.
Alongside romance there was always the genre’s disreputable cousin, erotica, books that were either banned, or bowdlerised, or if you asked for them in a reading room, you had to keep your hands on the table. At Nottingham University Library, even the novels of DH Lawrence used to be kept in the librarian’s office, and one of them, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was banned altogether for years. For a long time, Casanova’s memoirs too were only published in heavily abridged versions, though the artists who illustrated them, often exquisitely, didn’t seem to be censored in quite the same way (in my book, Piero and Ellie spend a happy afternoon looking at some of those illustrations). When that lady in Tottenham taught herself to read, there were probably no erotic scenes in those books, and they likely ended in marriage, with no intimacy before the ceremony beyond kissing – because that, according to all the surveys conducted at that time, is pretty much what most people did.
Romance authors now have a lot more choice about what they write about, because readers demand that choice. A romance can be sweetly restrained, or it can be much more full-on; the lines between traditional romance and the physical expression of love are much more blurred in fiction now. But perhaps what has really changed, ladies, is that we’re much more able to say what we want, in our lives as well as in what we choose to read. I hope you’ll choose to read The Casanova Papers.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Kate for talking to us!
Don’t forget to check out the other fab bloggers posts too!
Have a wonderful day everyone, and I’ll be back tomorrow…