It’s my pleasure to have Maria Grazia Swan as a guest on my blog today as she celebrates the recent release of From Italy with Love and tells us about how real life events provided inspiration for her one of her mysteries.
Real life events as inspiration for Gemini Moon – Maria Grazia Swan
If you are familiar with my books and my sources of inspiration, you know that over 85 percent of my stories are a direct result of real life events. Events that linger in my mind until I surrender and write about them. When it comes to Gemini Moon, I possess real proof. Facts grow more disturbing once you learn the deceased was a close friend of mine.
Yvonne died of a gunshot to the head. Authorities ruled her death accidental. The shooter? Her husband.
This happened in 1990, in Southern California. I knew I needed to write about it. I also knew I wanted to do it right. In my book, the roles are reversed, the wife shoots the husband.
Because of my strong friendship with the woman whose death inspired the story, I described her as she appeared in life, pretty, smart, funny, bubbly and full of love. Yvonne, the Editor of a monthly magazine, also did freelanced editing. The day her husband shot her, she fell face first on top of somebody’s manuscript. My manuscript. My first mystery, Love Thy Sister.
Both Love Thy Sister and Gemini Moon are included in the From Italy with Love boxset.
About From Italy with Love
A Recipe for mischief with a serving of laughs
3 books — the first of each of Swan’s three series.
3 Sassy Italian imports chasing bad people while hoping to land a good catch.
2 mischievous cats, maybe 3.
1 rambunctious dog and a spotted Appaloosa.
A few graves…. but a lot more laughter.
The From Italy with Love boxset is currently offered at special price – only $0.99.
Cooks, Crooks and a Corpse (The Baker Girls Cozy Mystery series, Book 1)
Can’t resist lighthearted comedy dressed with a little mystery that never takes you down a dark road?
Good, because that’s what you get when you put two hot Italian imports together. Meet the hot pink Fiat 500 and its owner, real estate agent Monica Baker.
Now stir in a dead body, a caterer about to lose her license, a real estate office coming off the rails, a goofy Great Dane, and a lively heroine who can’t help falling for the brooding bad boy. This is the world of Monica Baker: a high-speed mystery with a serving of mischief and a side of laughs.
Gemini Moon (The Lella York Mystery Series, Book 1)
When her eyes were finally opened to the truth, she couldn’t recognize her own life…
Italian-born Lella York is trying to figure out who she is. Her husband has died. Her son is grown and gone to chase fame and fortune in the movie business. And now, her best friend is missing. Upon returning to Southern California, Lella is shocked to learn the mysterious circumstances of Ruby’s disappearance as well as the death of Ruby’s husband. And Lella’s son is the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that he is driving around in the dead man’s Ferrari.
Caught in the middle of it all, Lella stumbles across the perfect topper-namely, a sexy police detective who keeps secrets from her while he’s setting her pants on fire. Nothing like a little romance to distract a girl while she’s trying to locate a missing person, solve a possible homicide, get her son out of jail and stay two steps ahead of the firing line.
Love Thy Sister (The Mina’s Adventure Series, Book 1)
Italian-born Mina Calvi lives in a mansion in idyllic Orange County, California with her protective older sister, Paola. Unemployed again and aimless, Mina can’t seem to find her niche in her adopted country, but confusion and restlessness soon become the least of her problems. Someone is stealing from the software business owned by Paola and her husband, losses so great the business is sinking like the Titanic. And the strange death of a company employee turns out to be murder. Then, while, facing a loss so terrible she can’t bear it, Mina discovers an old family secret that turns her world upside down. There’s some solace in the arms of her blue-eyed lover, amateur sleuth Brian Starr, but danger still stalks her at every turn, edging closer and closer as Mina tries to untangle the web of lies, adultery and treachery, and put her life back together.
About the Author
Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy. She’s lived in Belgium, France, Germany, Southern California and Arizona–all juicy places that fuel her stories and characters.
These days, Maria Grazia concentrates on her deepest passions. Writing and being the matchmaker for people and pets who are waiting to find each other.
Maria Grazia loves travel, opera, good books, yoga, and intelligent movies. Her idea of a perfect evening? Stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food, and chilled Prosecco.
She loves to hear from her readers! Feel free to contact her through her website: www.mariagraziaswan.com.