#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : The Violinist’s Apprentice – Isabella Mancini @IsabellaManci10 @darkstrokedark

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Today I’m on the ‘The Violinist’s Apprentice’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

XTrAA9xwIsabella Mancini is the nom de plume of prolific author Olga Swan, published by Crooked Cat Books. She has a BA Hons (Open) in English Language and Literature and a lifelong love for writing and language. For 12 years she lived in SW France, but returned to the UK in 2017, where she now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and elderly French rescue dog Bruno.

Previous books by Olga Swan:
An Englishwoman in America
From Paradis to Perdition
Pensioners in Paradis
The Mazurek Express
3rd Degree Murder

Social Media Links:
Facebook Group
Amazon page for Isabella Mancini
Amazon page for Olga Swan

Synopsis :

vMb60PHAA dark journey through time.
It’s on a group trip to Rome that something terrifying and mysterious happens, whirling musical Clementina back in time to 17th century Italy. Amidst court intrigue and creaking carriages, Rome becomes a chiaroscuro backdrop to her growing feelings for young violin-maker Antonio Stradivari. But soon he discovers that Clementina is not all she appears. She must surely be a witch. How can she return to the 21st century again? Meanwhile, in an icy corner of the Arctic, a professor plots.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Q&A :


First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I started to write seriously in France, after we moved there in early retirement. It was wonderful to have the time to practise something different in the sunshine of SW France. I started to chronicle, in a humorous style, all the inadvertent mistakes we made as two self-deprecating people, living in a completely different culture. The jokes just kept on coming and, after being accepted by Crooked Cat Books, became the international best-seller Pensioners in Paradis. However, as can be seen, I have an eclectic mind and have written in 5 different genres.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
My favourite was the war time special edition of Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. My father passed it to me at far too young an age as it was, at that time, banned for its ‘immoral’ content!

Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Although now too late, my hero was always Winston Churchill. He was such a prolific writer.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Verdigris from The Violinist’s Apprentice. I’d love to imbibe some of his spiritual, worldly and environmental wisdom.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Because of past disasters(!) I constantly Control-Save as I write, then at the end of a session, drag the updated version to my drive-google (cloud) file. I was ever a depressive.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I’ve always joked with people, especially when I’m writing a crime novel, that they’d better be nice to me or I’ll kill them off in my next novel! Seriously, though, the older I get, the more ‘material’ becomes available. Life is full of characters and possibilities.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
If I’m writing non-fiction, then it’s imperative to have an itemised table of contents. With fiction, I often like to switch time and global zones – which does need an element of plotting to maintain consistency.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Unless you’re already young/beautiful/famous/infamous, don’t expect to get rich quickly. Learn to expect and accept frequent rejections. The worst thing are those literary agents/publishers who don’t ever reply.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’d like to publish another 6 in the series.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

“Er, Antonio?”
Si, Signorina,” he responded, one eyebrow arched quizzically.
“What exactly is today’s date?”
“Date?” he asked, puzzled, before realising what this strange person wanted to know. “Oh, you mean the year of our Lord?”
“Um, yes,” she said uncertainly, frightened now of what his answer would be.
“Why, it’s 1660,” puzzled, “..and just look outside. It’s a fine and beautiful summer’s day. Perfect for some wondrous and sublime music,” pointing to his many fine violins.
She felt suddenly dizzy and ill.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Isabella Mancini.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds




P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!


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