Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Casanova Papers by Kate Zarrelli - Book Tour + Giveaway

The Casanova Papers

Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?

Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casanova-Papers-Kate-Zarrelli-ebook/dp/B089T48ZW5/

Author Q&A
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Kryptonite as in something that weakens me? Definitely self-doubt. I don’t think I’m alone in this.
2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Write every day even if you don’t feel like it, and even if you think it’s rubbish. You can revise rubbish the next day. You can’t revise a blank page.

3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
 Underrated would be David McLaurin’s The Bishop of San Fernando. He wrote three books, in a style that’s a mixture between Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad, then became a Catholic priest and stopped. JD Salinger’s A Catcher in the Rye I just couldn’t see the point of. Maybe it was more impactful when it came out.

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books? 
My grandmother giving me a little wooden bookcase with all the Beatrix Potter books. I reread them regularly.

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why? 
Am I allowed Heathcliff? Picture the Ralph Fiennes version; do I still have to say why? He mightn’t have brilliant table manners though, but who cares?

6. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance? 
Hobbiton, probably. Only I’d like my little house so much I probably wouldn’t want to leave it to have adventures.

7. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? 
Yes, from when I was a little girl. I didn’t do anything about it until my 30s, and then got discouraged, had another go in my 40s, got discouraged, and then started again properly in my 50s and can’t stop myself.

8. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? 
Obstinate, impulsive, hard-working.

9. What is your most unusual writing quirk? 
I interview my characters, almost as if they were applying for a job, and then I write up my notes on them.

10. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? 
Titfield Thunderbolt, an Ealing comedy from 1953. The director many years later made A Fish called Wanda.

11. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? 
My life is shared always with at least one cat.

12. Have you ever met anyone famous? 
I met Prince Charles when he came to formally open a factory I worked at. He’d just been in the newspapers with stories about grass stains on his pyjamas when his relationship with Camilla was blown out in the open. It was all we could do not to mention it to him. He was very polite but a bit nervous.

13. What is the first book that made you cry?
Tess of the d’Urbervilles when I was thirteen. I couldn’t believe they’d hang her.
14. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I usually have two on the go at once, so if I feel am running out of steam on one, I move to the other and back again. The Casanova Papers took about six months, on and off. Longer novels, a year.
15. How do you select the names of your characters?
This is going to sound very morbid, but because I write a lot of historical fiction, I visit graveyards where the book I’m writing is set. If for any reason I can’t get to them, I look up World War I memorials on-line instead. Out of respect, I never reproduce a name completely. I take the first name from one person, and the surname from someone else.
16. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
I’d be a cat. They’re complete anarchists who exist solely for the pursuit of comfort, theirs and the people they deign to live with.
17. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
The Titfield Thunderbolt, Twelve Angry Men (the 1957 version with Henry Fonda), Once upon a time in the West (no, I don’t have a thing about Henry Fonda, honestly), a low budget quiet Irish masterpiece called Pilgrim Hill, and Far From the Madding Crowd (the version with Terence Stamp – I mean, who else?).
18. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Go to County Kerry and take long walks until I dropped.
19. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking-Bird.
20. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read well, write every day, and be easy to deal with. No hissy fits. Agents and publishers do in fact want you to succeed, so listen to them.
21. What book do you wish you had written?
Far from the Madding Crowd
22. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
I was born bottom first (actually, this was pretty risky for both me and my Mum); I have a natural immunity to smallpox (useless, as it’s been eradicated); I once cadged a lift home in a police car; I married the same man twice (once in a civil ceremony, the second time religiously); I can say a few rude things in Welsh (and other languages); I am an accomplished dressmaker but most of the time buy good things from thrift shops and change the buttons; I have a vast collection of Willow Pattern china; if I get lost in my car (I’ve never had a SatNav) I put my coat on inside out and somehow I find my way); I possess five pairs of Mary-Janes, one from the 1930s; I went to the same school as Muriel Spark (only much later, when it was a state-funded school) and also had an utterly inspiring teacher (who was much nicer than Miss Jean Brodie).
23. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
That’s a difficult one. I love the eighteenth-century for the clothes and the music. But who is to say I wouldn’t have to live it as a scullery-maid with no rights and limited access to hot water and decent medical care? And would anyone have taught me to read?

24. What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical fiction, and some quirky, original contemporary romance.

Author Bio – Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa.  Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @katmezzacappa
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