This month’s guest writer is fascinating-both in her books and her life.  We sit down this month with Belle Ami.

Belle Ami writes intriguing romantic/suspense/thrillers with a teaspoon of sex. A self-confessed news junky she loves to create cutting-edge stories about politics, espionage, and redemptive love.

She is a Kathryn McBride scholar of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Writing, cooking, spinning, hiking, boxing, and skiing are her passions.

She is the author of The Only One series, The One (#1), and The One & More (#2). Her third in the series titled One More Time is Not Enough, was published July 13th, 2016. She was honored to be included in the RWA LARA Christmas Anthology Holiday Ever After featuring her short story The Christmas Encounter. Her next series entitled The Tip of the Spear begins with Escape, published January 10, 2017 and is a Finalist for the RONE Awards. The sequel to Escape, entitled Vengeance was published September 12, 2017.

The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is her latest release. It’s an intriguing romance/paranormal/thriller. She is currently working on book three of The Tip of the Spear Series, titled Ransom.

She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a horse named Cindy Crawford, and her brilliant Chihuahua, Giorgio Armani.

Tell us about your books: you’ve written several!

In December 2010 I published my first book under my real name Tema N Merback entitled In the Face of Evil, which was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

In 2015 Belle Ami was born and I published the first in my The Only One series entitled The One, followed by The One & More which was also published in 2015. In 2016 Soul Mate Publishing published the last in the series One More Time is Not Enough.

In 2017 my new series Tip of the Spear was published by Hartwood Publishing. Escape Book 1 (which is a Finalist in the 2018 RONE Awards that will be announced in October at the InD’Scribe Conference in Burbank, California), and Vengeance Book 2. I’m just finishing book 3, which will be titled Ransom.

In between on June 10, 2018, I published The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci an Out of Time Thriller Book 1.

All of my books are available on Amazon and some are also available on Barnes & Nobel, Smashwords, Kobo in eBook format. The Girl Who Da Vinci is available exclusively on Amazon at present in both Kindle & Print. The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci will shortly be available as an audiobook on  ACX Audible and on Amazon.

Why did you become an author?

First of all I’ve always been an author. I wrote short stories as a child, poetry as a teenager, and screenplays as a young adult. Then came those demanding childrearing years where there never seemed to be enough time. I became a gourmet cook and I continued to improve my classical music skills on the piano. But my ever curious mind needed more and I went back to college at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

I have to thank my mother for her encouragement. In 2008 she came to me with a desire for me to write her life story. My mother is a survivor of the Holocaust and she has an inspirational story. Other writers had asked to write her story but she wouldn’t hear of it. All along she knew I was the only one who could do her remarkable journey of survival justice. So I took it on. Because it was my first book it required a lot more time, research, and effort. It took me two years, yikes! But my efforts were rewarded and In the Face of Evil was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards.

After such an intense book about the Holocaust I decided to try my hand at romance suspense, and Belle Ami was born. Since then with every book written I hone my craft and the results are beginning to show. My 2017 book Escape (Tip of the Spear Book 1) is up for a RONE Award, which is the most revered award given in the Romance Indie world. I don’t know if I’ll win, but it’s a huge honor to be a Finalist.

What started as a second life and career has become a fulltime profession. I am exceedingly disciplined with my writing. I’ve embraced the adage “Writer’s write.” I write every day.

Where do your ideas come from? 

I’ve been asked this question many times. My answer hasn’t changed. I probably get five ideas a week for books. They come to me when I’m watching the news (I’m a news freak), when I’m napping (I take a nap every day), when I sleep, when I’m driving, and many ideas come to me when I’m working out. I’m a little psychic and I tune in to the universe and ideas flow into me. I guess that makes me a little crazy. But, how else could I ever have come up with: Three lifetimes, one remarkable painting, and the story of The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci.

Do you have a vision for your work?

I’m not sure what vision I have for my writing future. I see myself as a successful author that puts out two to three books per year. My writing genre is becoming more and more romance/thriller, however, my latest The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci has a paranormal twist to it. It features a timeless love over multiple lifetimes and reincarnation.

I’m finishing the third in my last series, Tip of the Spear, about a deep-cover Iranian Mossad agent, which I’ve titled Ransom. Then it’s back to the Out of Time Series and my second book after The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci about my art historian psychic heroine, Angela Renatus, and my irresistible art detective, Alex Caine. I’ve already planned five books in this series so I think I’ll be busy for quite some time. My road ahead isn’t paved with gold, it’s paved with books.

What are you working on now?

My current work in progress as I mentioned above is Ransom, which is a romance thriller that takes place in Beirut and Tel Aviv and is a heart-stopping story about my Mossad hero, Cyrus Hassani and his team, stopping an Electro-Magnetic Pulse nuclear attack by terrorists. After I finish this baby, I’m on to the next Out of Time Thriller book. This time it’s a stolen art masterpiece that has ended up in the hands of an international crime syndicate.

Is anything new coming out shortly?

I just published The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci on June 10, 2018. I’m hoping Ransom will be ready in the Fall.

 

Thank you!  And everyone out there, look her up on Amazon and try some of these books!  I can certainly vouch for her artistry with the written word…and shall be adding several to my personal library.  Oh, and if you read her latest, don’t forget to drop her a review on Amazon, Goodreads, where ever you give reviews.  Thank you so much from Bell and from me!