I have recently connected with Italy Book Tours and I when they asked for bloggers interested in featuring The Winemakers I added my name to the list ASAP! This book was on my 2016 reading list already, so of course I wanted to feature it on my blog. Adding to my excitement was the chance to interview author Jan Moran!! If you are looking for your next great read I think this could be the one, it certainly is mine.
1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she’s never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret — a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for.
Many years before, her mother’s hard-won dreams of staking her family’s claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother’s buried past.
From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.
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Interview with Jan Moran:
What inspires your writing?
Travel always inspires me—I love to explore new cities, countries, and cultures that I can share with readers. For THE WINEMAKERS, I did research in Napa Valley and drew on memories of a trip I’d taken to Tuscany. Strong female protagonists and entrepreneurs who forge their own paths to success are also a source of inspiration. Finally, I like to learn something fascinating along the way, about history, unusual careers, or interesting people.
When did you begin writing?
My first volume of poetry: fourth grade. My first novel: seventh grade. Both are, thankfully, forgotten. The UCLA Writers Program in Los Angeles was my next stop along the writing route. The RWA (Romance Writers of America) is also an excellent organization for learning and support.
Where did the idea come from for your books?
Many of my ideas stem from my personal experience, although my books are not autobiographical. In both THE WINEMAKERS and SCENT OF TRIUMPH readers learn about places I’ve lived and traveled (such as Napa, Paris, Beverly Hills, New York, Italy), work I’ve done, period fashions, history, and more. I also like to include details about what it’s like to create a product, run a business, and obtain funding–keys aspects of any entrepreneur’s experience. My characters are quite entrepreneurial; of course, that stems from my own experience as well.
What is your favourite saying or quote?
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” It’s a complicated French phrase, but it means that the more things change, the more they remain the same (literally), but it also means that even though we might change our lives, we often continue to struggle with the same problems. Real change requires a fundamental shift.
I have a weakness for:
Shoes and jewelry. I’m a true girly girl, and I’ve designed and created many of my own jewelry pieces. And did I mention desserts? Don’t even get me started on chocolate!
What’s the best advice you’d ever heard?
Winston Churchill once advised, “Never give up!”
About the Author:
Jan Moran is a Rizzoli bestselling and award winning author. She writes historical women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press (Scent of Triumph, The Winemakers), contemporary women’s fiction (Flawless, Beauty Mark, Runway), and nonfiction books (Vintage Perfumes, Fabulous Fragrances). Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details.
The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She likes to talk to readers at www.janmoran.com and on social media. She lives in southern California and loves lattes and iced coffee, anything chocolate, and Whole Foods Double Green smoothies to balance it all out.
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