Carol Marinelli on Di Sione’s Innocent Conquest + Author Q&A!
by Carol Marinelli, author of Di Sione’s Innocent Conquest
I loved writing the first book in the fabulous The Billionaire’s Legacy series and I can’t wait to read them all.
The Di Sione brothers and sisters are wealthy and glamorous but behind the rich exterior lies a lot of damage and pain and the press are very quick to judge them.
Because of that my heroine, Abby, knew from the start exactly what she dealing with — a very reprobate hero!
Each story contains a different Lost Mistress. You shall have to read them to fully understand but my particular Lost Mistress was a stunning emerald necklace that Matteo needed to get back for his grandfather.
The problem was, it was now in Abby’s father’s hands.
Before I started working on their story I went with my good friend, and wonderful author, Anne Gracie, to a display being held about wedding dresses through the ages. I love anything to do with weddings, especially dresses.
I took loads of photos. One I loved was the dress Gwyneth Paltrow wore in the movie Emma. There was also a Miss Haversham display that made me tear up!
When I started working on this story I decided that no wedding dress would be needed (weddings can be rather tricky to organize at the start of a continuity I have found).
Well, I got near to the end of the story. Abby was to be dressed up and wearing the stunning necklace, just as disaster hit. Although I wasn’t looking for a wedding dress for Abby, I did check my photos for necklines and things. The Gwyneth dress, I decided, wouldn’t be suitable, although the neckline would show off the necklace nicely but Abby’s bust was too big.
Then I remembered the Miss Haversham display and it reminded me of Abby, all dressed up and yet so lonely, dejected and sad.
If you do read the book, when you see the Miss Haversham line, you’ll now know my thought process behind it.
Actually, I have no process!
I love choosing what my hero and heroine are wearing but it has to right for their personality, for example, the Gwyneth dress is more suitable for the heroine that I am currently writing.
Oh, and because I have no process, there was a wedding at the end. You’ll have to read it to see the dress I chose for Abby!
Do you like to see a wedding at the end of a story?
What is it that you liked most about The Billionaire’s Legacy?
I loved that the grandfather wanted to use his past to hopefully repair the damage to his grandchildren. I really enjoyed my heroine Abby’s character and finding out that she owned a motor racing team. Not only did they travel to fabulous places, there was so much tension and excitement with the races. So, it was a different sort of heroine and yet she had the same fragilities as any other woman. Oh, I also thoroughly enjoyed it when a very nasty character got his comeuppance.
What’s on your writing desk?
I have a ring that I wear when I am writing, a candle and a never ending mug of coffee.
What author most inspired you to write?
I loved Jackie Collins. I can still remember reading my first and thinking my mum has read this!? It’s so sad that she has died. She was a wonderful, wonderful author.
Is it harder to start or finish a book?
I find it harder to finish. I have an awful lot of stories on my computer that I have started and not completed.
About Di Sione’s Innocent Conquest:
Prickly, buttoned-up racing team owner Abby Ellison isn’t legendary playboy Matteo Di Sione’s type. But Abby has something he needs—a necklace prized by his grandfather—and where his lethal charm doesn’t work, sponsorship of her team does!
As they travel from Dubai to Monte Carlo to Brazil, Matteo thrives on the thrill of the racing world and the surprising allure of innocent Abby. But when he discovers the secret that drives Abby’s ambition, Matteo realises he can’t just take the necklace and walk away…