Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?
Book Title: Dancing in the Rain (The Italian Family Series)
Author: Lucy Appadoo
Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Historical Coming of Age/Romance/Family Drama
Publisher: Lucy Appadoo
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 23, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is physical abuse and death involved.)
Fifteen-year old Valeria Allegro works diligently on the family farm in Italy, where she is torn between her duty to her family and her desire to find freedom from her strict, domineering father. She finds solace in Dario, a young student who provides a blissful escape—until a neighbour’s son, Gregorio, decides he wants her for himself.
This raises an alarm for her father, which leads to family conflict and aggression. When Dario is threatened and her family is plagued by a series of suspicious accidents, Valeria is desperate to keep her loved ones safe. Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?
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- How did you research for your book?
Firstly, I interviewed my mother about her experiences back in the 1960s, questioning her about her childhood environment and culture, as well as factual information about traditions and Italian practices (on the farm, special dishes).
My research involved using google images and landscapes for scenery depicting the Italian villages and natural landscapes.
I used websites such as Co As It (an Italian organisation) and google for facts, as well as watching a tourist video about the village of Laurino.
I also visited an Italian library that stocks books about different areas of Italy.
- Your book is set in Laurino, Italy. Have you ever been there?
I visited Laurino and Piaggine when I was seven years of age. I later visited Piaggine and passed by Laurino when I was twenty-three years of age, having spent three months in Italy. The experience was amazing, and I felt nostalgic when I returned to Melbourne due to the beautifully captivating history of Italy.
In Piaggine, I can recall the green, hilly terrain and mountainous landscape, the smells of freshly baked bread, the hard-working hands of my relatives who made cheesy ricotta in tubs, and the family homemade pizzas with their range of toppings to include bocconcini, potatoes, eggplant, basil, and garlic.
As I didn’t spend much time in Laurino, I used some of my time researching the village and asking my family about the place.
- What advice would you give budding writers?
I would advise budding writers to learn their craft, do their research, get inspiration from their life experiences, and never give up on self-publishing their own story. We all have a story to tell, and we’re all unique and wise on the deepest level.
It is so easy to let life pass you by as it’s a challenge to make a living as a writer, so you can easily give up. However, if writing stories is something you’re passionate about and you don’t mind not making any money, at least in the beginning, then follow your passion.
Meet the Author:
Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.
Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.
Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.
Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).
Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.
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