Mary Frances Gualandri (Author Interview)
Mary Frances Gualandri
July 10, 2016
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I have written all of my novels while attending school full-time, including participating in NaNoWriMo three times and winning twice. It has been challenging, but it proves to me that if you want to write, you have to make it part of your routine.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
After trying to write in a multitude of genres, romance just simply was the best fit. It was my favorite genre to read, and what inspired me to write in it were the incredible writers that I found myself entranced by. I wanted to do for readers what those writers had done for me, which was to take an in-depth look at a romantic relationship and the intricacies of trying to make it work. I also wanted people to enjoy the journey of watching two realistic individuals fall in love.
What’s your research process?
It really depends on the book. Up until now, my research has been very minimal because I simply haven’t needed much in the way of research information. However, for Unbound and my upcoming novel Dreams, I have spent years researching the novels before I even began to write. It is mostly using the internet, but I also dig deeper into reading nonfiction books and memoirs if I need to. Documentaries and films are also great, particularly if you are writing a certain period. It is not organized but it provides me with the information I need.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books and why?
This is a very difficult question because I love all of my characters and there is a piece of me in each of them. However, I think that out of the characters in the books I have published thus far, Celia is my favorite character. Despite her vulnerability, she is one of the strongest characters I have created and takes the initiative to ask for help and stand up for herself when she can no longer handle the things going in her life. Her love story with Dash is also the most intense I have written to date.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
Like most writers, I have so many ideas that I want to write. At this time, I have two novels that I am working on. The first is a family saga that takes place over the course of forty years and is set in the music industry. There is romance throughout the novel, but it is not the focus. The other novel I am working on is the third novel in my Love, Windy City Style series. After that, I have several books planned in a variety of genres.
Mary Frances Gualandri fell in love with the romance genre after reading The Flame and the Flower. After trying to write several other genres, she realized that her first love in reading was also her first love as a writer. Mary Frances is the author of the Love, Windy City Style series and two standalone novels. When she is not writing, she spends most of her time reading, listening to music, and watching Once Upon a Time.
Celia Emerson lives a double life. On the outside, she is a beautiful, successful artist mesmerizing the East Coast with her mysterious works of art. Behind closed doors, however, Celia harbors a dark secret that has left her elusive and distant. However, there is one tall, dark, handsome stranger who gets her blood pumping and tangles her feelings in knots, making her consider breaking down the walls she put up around herself.
Manhattan attorney Dash Greyson is intrigued by Celia at first glance. Her quiet, private manner boldly contrasts the strokes of color and blatant emotion on her canvases. Even after her initial coolness toward him, he continues pursuing her, desperate to know more about her and how her bottled-up emotions spill onto the easel. When she turns to him as secrets of her pass begin to surface, he finds himself not only protecting her but the passion between them simmering to the boiling point.