Interview with Alessandra Torre, author of Hidden Seams
22 Mar 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Hidden Seams?
Hidden Seams was actually born from an idea my husband came up with – what if a man spent most of his life pretending to be gay, but was actually straight? I kicked that idea around my office for several months, started and abandoned several drafts, but finally found the perfect characters to pull off the plot and dove into the story. The result is a decadent world of private butlers, billion-dollar fortunes, and sizzling chemistry between two main characters that are utterly unique and absolutely attracted to each other. I LOVE this novel, and I had so much fun writing it.
What’s the last book you read?
American Queen by Sierra Simone, and I loved it.
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
Beauty and the Beast. Look past the cartoon and you have a desperate dark romance built on and true friendship.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The ability to spend weeks or months in my character’s lives. The act of creation really allows you to mentally live in their worlds, feel their emotions, and that joy/love/heartbreak is a fantastic rollercoaster to be on. I used to love to read, but that only gave me a few hours in each story. Writing really stretches that into a longer and more fulfilling experience.
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
JA Konrath, Gillian Flynn, and Stephen King
How do you like to spend a rainy day?
In a big comfy chair, with my three dogs and my laptop. I’d knock out five hours of writing, then head to an afternoon movie and some Chinese takeout.
What scene in Hidden Seams was your favorite to write?
The scene where the two main characters first meet. Marco’s Rolls Royce literally hits the main character – Avery McKenna – as she is snooping around the back of his mansion. It is really fun interaction, and the chemistry between them sparks immediately.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
It is what it is. I say that all of the time. Sometimes book sales are amazing, often times they aren’t. Sometimes we are healthy, but last year we weren’t. Sometimes huge deals fall apart and situations change. You’ve got to keep moving, keep positive, and keep appreciating EVERYTHING. The little joys in life are what keep me happy and grateful and I am 100% focus on positivity, ignoring the negative, and envisioning greatness.
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