Hello! Today with us we have the amazing V.B. Emanuele! *Applause*
Angelina: Introduce yourself please.
V.B. Emanuele: Hi! I’m Valentina Emanuele but everyone knows me by my author name, V.B. Emanuele. I’m originally from Italy, but have lived in the states on dual citizenship since I was 15. I’m 43 now. I write plot-heavy Dark Romance (Billionaire, Mafia, and Taboo).
Angelina: Did someone inspire you to become an author?
V.B. Emanuele: Not really, I’ve been writing since age 7. I started writing plays and had my family acting in them, though they were difficult to control haha. It was like herding cats. Later, those plays turned into short stories and eventually evolved to where I am now.
Angelina: How long does it take for you to write a story?
V.B. Emanuele: It depends. I have both longer and shorter novels. I usually write my first draft in a month or two but if I’m working on multiple books at once, t takes a bit longer. I’m also an editor for other authors, so if I’m working on one of their books, it may take a little longer.
Angelina: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
V.B. Emanuele: Dreams, shower thoughts, people watching etc. I find inspiration everywhere. If research is needed (which is usually is), I absorb all the info I can online or talk to people. It’s important even if I write fiction. My books contain all real world elements.
Angelina: What does your family think of your writing?
V.B. Emanuele: The family who matter, supports it 100%. The others don’t know who I am. They would clutch their pearls.
Angelina: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
V.B. Emanuele: I have written 12 but am about to publish #8 in March 2023. I think my current favorite is Tryst, but The Veil will always have my whole heart.
Angelina: Who’s your favorite character you created?
V.B. Emanuele: That’s a hard question. Valentino Greco from The Veil Trilogy, I think. He is everything. His muse is a real person.
Angelina: Who’s your least favorite character you created?
V.B. Emanuele: A tie.
#1 Felipe from The Veil Trilogy. He’s the ultimate villain but not the kind you fall for. He’s REALLY evil. I mean, as a character he’s a fantastic bad guy, but I’ve been told I did too good of a job on him haha. Everyone wants to watch him burn.
#2 Alicia from Tryst. She’s the female main character’s mother. She was written to resemble real world issues with having a mother who isn’t the model “homemaker” / stay-at-home mom. She was written that way because I had bigger plans for the female main character’s dad and I also wanted to show not all family’s are perfect.
Angelina: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
V.B. Emanuele: I love my readers! I have a group chat with my large ARC team, and am very involved with them. They’re incredible and we laugh a lot.
Angelina: What do you think makes a good story?
V.B. Emanuele: I want a story to suck me in and keep me there like an alternate reality while I’m reading it.
Angelina: Tell us about your WIP.
V.B. Emanuele: My currents are: #1 The Veiling which is book 3 in The Veil Trilogy, so the final book in that series. It’s a Billionaire and Mafia romance built around a secret Masquerade. It’s really exciting. #2 Charm which is book 2 in the Tryst Duology. Tryst was a Mafia, Dad’s Best Friend. This one is a Best Friend’s dad, Work Romance.
Angelina: Thank you for hanging out with us. Please share your social links where readers can follow you.
V.B. Emanuele: All my links can be found on https://linktr.ee/vbemanuele and my website is https://vbemanuele.com
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