Interview Roulette: Antonia Aquilante

It’s Antonia Aquilante’s turn to spin the wheel!


  • One of your characters comes to you for advice. Who is it, what does he ask, and what do you tell him? I don’t know if any of them would! They’ve got their lives together pretty well right now (the ones whose books I’ve written anyway), and let’s face it, they mostly tell me what to do when I’m writing.
  • If you had a time machine, where/when would you go and why? Everywhere! Is that an acceptable answer? Because I want to see the past and the future and just everywhere. I’ve always loved history, and I just want to see what it was like. Really, I’ve been waiting for the Doctor to show up in the TARDIS and show me all of time and space for ages.
  • Describe a traumatic weather-related experience you’ve had. If you’ve never had any, make one up. Hurricane Sandy was pretty scary. I was really lucky—so many people lost so much, and I came out of it fine. But, yeah, that night was scary. Ninety mile an hour wind gusts were making this huge tree outside sway back and forth alarmingly. I didn’t want to go to bed in case it fell on the house. By the way, the tree survived that storm, but quite a bit of it came down during a March snowstorm this year. It blocked the driveway along with a lot of snow.
  • If you had to spend a week snowed in at a mountain cabin with one of your characters, who would you choose and why? Probably Faelen. He and I have a lot in common. We would just read and talk about books and eat cookies and drink really good hot chocolate for a week, all while curled up in cozy blankets in front of a fire. It sounds delightful actually.
  • What’s the most interesting or weird thing you’ve ever had to research for your writing? I mostly end up researching random things. How far a horse can travel in a day. Renaissance and baroque architecture. Renaissance universities. Which plants have medicinal properties, which also led to which plants can be used as poisons. Like all writers, I’m probably on a watch list somewhere!

Book blurb:

Faelen, cousin to the prince and son of a diplomat, has finally come home to Tournai after years away. The pull to return was almost tangible, and the sense of rightness at being back is absolute. He wants nothing more than to put down roots and build a life among family while pursuing his linguistic studies. Becoming involved in magic meant to protect Tournai isn’t part of his plans…and falling in love is even more unexpected and unfamiliar, but he finds himself doing just that as his friendship with Maxen deepens into something more.

Maxen, second son of a wealthy merchant family, longs to leave Tournai and visit everywhere he can. All his life, he’s found places on maps and dreamed, planning out routes to get to them. For now, he’s tied to Tournai’s capital city by family obligations and his position in their shipping business. Someday, though, he’ll be able to travel. His sudden attraction to Faelen shocks him, but their friendship soon becomes a necessary part of his life. Love, however, has no place in his plans, especially not love for a royal cousin with secrets who wants nothing more than to stay in one place.

For Faelen and Maxen to build something real between them, they must resolve their differences, but when magic goes awry and all Faelen’s secrets are revealed, will Maxen remain at his side?

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Author bio:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.

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