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Interview with Debut Author Adrienne Giordano

Woohoo! Today we get to chat with Adrienne Giordano, one of the founding fathers…er..mothers? of Romance University. Her new book Man Law was released on July 4. Join us as we find out allllll about Adrienne and her book!

Adrienne Giordano Man LawHow manuscripts did you write before you sold? Five. The first one doesn’t count though. That was my practice book. =)

How long was it from the time you began writing seriously and the time you sold? Oooh, tough question. I’m going to focus on the writing seriously part because the practice book alone took me a few years. I was probably writing (in spurts) for six or seven years before I thought I had something good enough to shop. I was submitting for five years before I got the call.

Tell us about The Call. Was there singing? Dancing? Drinking champagne out of a stiletto? There was shock. For sure. Maybe a little disbelief. LOL. I actually wasn’t home when Angela James called. She left me a message (which I still have saved) and when I picked up the message, I listened to it three times. I had to put the phone on speaker because my hands were shaking. In the message, she said she would send me an email so I ran to my office to see if the email was there. I refused to let myself get excited until I saw the email. The email confirmed it for me. It was also a special day because it would have been my father’s 80th birthday. So, I think my Dad sent me a gift from heaven. For more on that see this RU post. As a side note, the second book I reference in The Call post was also acquired by Carina. The book needed fairly major revisions, but I was determined to get it published because writing it helped me get through the brutality of grief.
Adrienne Giordano Man LawWhat are your favorite Man Laws? I have a few:
Never mess with your best friend’s sister.
Never wonder if you should have thrown the asshole off the roof.
Never mess with another guy’s grill.

Was there a challenge in writing a man’s POV? Or does it come natural? I loved, loved, loved writing this book. It was the first time I really let myself go in terms of finding the character’s voice and it was so much fun. The interesting thing for me is that the male POV usually comes much easier than the female. I have no idea what to think of that, (considering I’m a woman!), but I’m not going to analyze it. =)

Who are you dedicating your first book to, and why? My dad. He, in every way, represented strength and dignity and he never, ever gave up. When he believed in something, he fought hard for it.

After years of submitting my work, I was getting discouraged, but I knew if I wanted to be published, I couldn’t give up. If my dad taught me anything, it was to keep fighting.

Why do you think this particular manuscript sold? The hero. Hands down. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun with the plot, but the hero in this book isn’t your typical hero. He’s the sort of guy you meet and think “Yikes. What an idiot.” But then you get to know him a little bit and realize he has a huge heart and is extremely loyal, so you’re willing to forgive his unintentional slip-ups.

What surprised you about the sell? I’d been submitting the book for a few years and had been getting great feedback on it, but no one was willing to take a chance. I submitted it to Carina after a friend sold to them, but decided if they rejected it, I would rewrite the story. I love the hero in this book and wanted his story to be told. I had actually started outlining the revised plot when I received the call from Carina. So, I guess the answer is I was surprised the book sold when it did.

Adrienne Giordano Man LawWhat challenges have you faced since “the call” you didn’t realize you would encounter? Time. Time has been my enemy for the last four months. People always say to have other books ready when the call comes because your editor will ask to see them. Well, believe it. In my case, I had two other books in the series and an idea for a fourth. Carina bought the second and third books, but wanted revisions on the first in the series. I immediately dove into those revisions. By the time I was done with the rewrite of book one, I received the first round revisions on book two. In the last five months I’ve done revisions on three books. At one point in May I was revising two books at the same time.

Let me just mention that in between all of this, I’ve had to get my website revamped (thank you, Carrie!), get my Twitter and Facebook pages up and running, create author accounts at all the various social networking sites and create a newsletter. Be warned gang, the marketing end of being published can be a full-time job in itself. Figure out ahead of time, what kind of time you’re willing to sacrifice from your writing. I promise, you will never, ever be done with marketing. There will always be something to do. You just need to decide what the most important tasks are because you will need time to write.

Is there anything you wished you’d done before you sold? Not really. And I say that honestly. I’m a big believer in learning experiences. Whether the experience has been good or bad, I always want to walk away knowing more than I did before. The road to publication continues to be a tremendous learning experience and I don’t think I’d change any of it.

What’s your best advice for writers who are still waiting to sell? I’m sure you’ve all heard this one. I know I did, but it’s true. Keep writing. When you finish a book, start the next one. While you’re submitting books, write the next one. Don’t sit around waiting for answers on submissions. Keep writing. Here are three reasons why:

My first book just launched.
I have a September 2011 release.
I have a November 2011 release.

Last year at this time, I was contemplating taking a break from writing because the grind of trying to get published was wearing me down, and then— bam!—I sold three books. That’s how it works. If you have books ready, you’re editor will want to see them.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with the Romance University readers? Just that I think you all are a smart, savvy bunch and I’m so proud to tell people I’m a co-founder of this blog. We have the most amazing readers. Time and time again, we hear from Visiting Professors that we have great conversations at RU. That wouldn’t happen without our readers, so thank you all for making this blog what it is.

And last, will you tell us all about your debut book?
As if I’d say no. LOL. Man Law is about security consultant Vic Andrews. Vic lives by his Man Laws:
Never mess with your best friend’s sister
Never get caught
Never get attached
When one of Vic’s assignments goes wrong and the target selects Gina Delgado and her kids for revenge, there’s nothing Vic won’t do to protect the family he realizes, too late, he wants. He’ll accomplish his mission but he breaks most of his Man Laws in the process and almost loses his only chance at true love.

If you’d like to read an excerpt of Man Law click here. I’m also giving away a copy of Man Law to a commenter. And because this is RU (and I’m crazy about you readers), I’m also giving away a pair of bullet earrings. Oh, heck, why not? Let’s do a third giveaway of a bullet key chain.

So, get those comments rolling if you want to win one of the three gifts.  Psst…RU, Crew, I’ve teamed up with our own Tracey Devlyn and two other mystery authors for a NOOK giveaway at Romance and Suspense.com.  So, if you’re in the market for a NOOK, just click here for the details!

Man Law available at:

Carina Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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RU Readers! Do you have a particularly manly man in your life? What are some of HIS Man Laws?

Join us on Monday as Misty Evans walks us through helpful pointers on writing a series.

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Adrienne’s Bio: Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaton Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. Adrienne’s debut romantic suspense, Man Law, will be released by Carina Press on July 4, 2011. Her second book, A Just Deception, will be available from Carina Press on September 5, 2011. For more information please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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36 Responses to “Interview with Debut Author Adrienne Giordano”

  1. I LOVE the concept of this book and Vic sounds like a really fabulous hero – how many men do we know who seem like jerks on the outside but are actually gold on the inside?

    My hubby’s man law #1 is definitely – NEVER SHOW EMOTION – and I HATE it!

    Posted by Rachael Johns | July 8, 2011, 12:42 am
  2. Hey Adrienne,

    Welcome to RU! LOL I’m so proud of all that you’ve accomplished. It’s been great watching you go through this process and hitting certain milestones–like getting your first cover.

    Do you have any plans of extending the series after your November release? :)

    Hugs,
    Tracey

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | July 8, 2011, 4:11 am
    • Hi, Tracey. Yeah, you guys have had a ringside seat to all this activity. It’s crazy fun. It’s also a lot of work! LOL.

      I had an amazing moment at RWA last week when you pointed out to me that my cover was in the Carina ad in the conference program. It’s those little surprise moments that always get me.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:03 am
    • Just realized I didn’t answer your question about book 4. You set me up beautifully and I dropped the ball! LOL.

      I am currently working on book 4, which is Billy Tripp’s book. Billy is a smart-ass secondary character in both Man Law and A Just Deception. That one will probably be out next spring or summer.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:21 am
  3. Hi Adrienne! Congrats on the release. I read the excerpt on Carina’s website last night (MAN LAW is in the top five and I was like HEY that’s Adrienne’s book!). I really like Vic’s voice too. :) Can’t wait to read it.

    My husband’s man law is “Never let a professional do something I can do better. Which is everything.” Fortunately, he really CAN do most stuff around the house so we save a lot of money…it just takes a *little* longer than if I called a guy to come out. LOL

    Posted by Kat Cantrell | July 8, 2011, 7:06 am
    • Hi, Kat. I was so proud when Man Law hit #1 on Monday. It’s been hovering in the top five all week (not that I’ve been checking. LOL.)

      I am cracking up over your husband’s Man Law. Such a guy thing. My husband (who is also very handy) used to feel that way until he tried to change a shower head and wound up tightenting too much and breaking the pipe inside the wall. That shower head was pretty darn expensive! Now he’s not allowed to do any plumbing projects.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:07 am
  4. Yo! Adrienne! =)

    Congrats on the release….I’ll be starting in this weekend, and really looking forward to reading your new book! Squee!! =) I loved your interview with the hero (Vic) the other day, he’s quite the character!

    Man Law – Mower blades can never be too sharp. (Hey, I live on a farm…)

    =)

    congrats Adrienne! you go girl!!

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | July 8, 2011, 7:29 am
    • Okay. Now you’re scaring me with the mower blades bit.

      And, since you bring up Rocky. I got an email a few weeks back that my book was going to Audible and the narrator needed the pronunciation of my name. I was asked if it’s said the same way as Rocky says it in the movie. Cracked me up.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:10 am
  5. Hi Adrienne,

    Congratulation on your release and those to come.

    It’s always good to get affirmation that there’s … can be?… a pot of gold at the end of the crazy rainbow we’ve chosen to ride. I often think those who answer the call of anything creative – writing, painting, pottery etc.- is putting their dreams on the spin of the wheel of talent and chance.

    It’s all about the right story, in front of the right editor at the right time, isn’t it?

    Without that J K Rowling would still be scribbling on the tube.

    Enjoy!

    Cia

    Posted by Cia | July 8, 2011, 8:24 am
    • Hi, Cia. That’s exactly what it’s all about. Sometimes it’s just dumb luck, but I also think we help make a lot of our luck.

      I’d been on the fence for a long time about e-publishing, but when Carina launched, I was intrigued by the idea of being under the Harlequin umbrella. Had I not changed my thinking about e-publishing, I probably wouldn’t have my fabulous editor.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:45 am
  6. Adrienne – I am loving this book and Vic is a guy to fall in love with! (even with his stupid Man Laws!)

    What do you think allowed you to break free and just let the character’s voice take over on this book?

    Congrats my friend!

    Robin

    Posted by Robin Covington | July 8, 2011, 8:32 am
    • Hi, Robin. I know! Vic makes me nuts, too. LOL. Sometimes I just want to slap him.

      I had a major breakthrough with this book. In the months prior to starting the book, I’d done a lot of workshops on POV and studied (intensely) how my favorite authors used POV.

      With this book, I discovered I’m more comfortable writing in a deep-third person. I think that discovery was key for me. The character just poured out of me.

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:50 am
  7. Hi Adrienne,

    It’s interesting you were ready to quit when you sold. I thought the same thing. I promised myself no more contests and actually did a purge of rejection letters. Then I sold my book. There is a point where you let go and just write. Maybe it helps.

    Congrats!! Your dad would be proud!! Mine would tell me to watch my language!!

    Mary Jo

    ps Thanks for the FB help.

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | July 8, 2011, 8:35 am
    • Hi, Mary Jo. You are so right. I always think “Let go and let God.”

      My husband likes to drive me crazy by telling me I can’t control what I can’t control. I think there are times when we get so focused that we forget it’s out of our hands.

      And, from talking with other writers, our story is not unique. A lot of writers become published when they hit the point where they think they can’t take it anymore. Go figure!

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 8:55 am
  8. Adrienne -

    Although I didn’t write Man Law, you know I feel a great affinity for Vic (what that says about ME, who knows?!) and am so happy to join you on this journey of success!

    Private Protectors is a fabulous series and I can’t wait to read all of Billy’s story. However, you have another manuscript–Coco Barknell–that I love. Can you tell our readers anything about it?

    So happy for you. Dancing a jig out here on the West Coast all week!
    Kels

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | July 8, 2011, 9:38 am
    • Hi Kels! Yep, Coco Barknell is my journey into commercial women’s fiction. It’s about an out-of-work investment banker turned dogwalker who gets dogjacked. She has to figure out who is stealing her clients and learns about herself on the journey.

      I had a ball with this book (Kelsey loves Frankie, the on-again-off-again love interest) and have it out with a publisher now. Let’s keep fingers crossed. I’m determined to find that book a home!

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 11:07 am
  9. Bullet earrings? Bullet keychain? Okay, those are just scary (or am I that sheltered)?

    Vic sounds like a great hero. Congratulations, Adrienne!

    Posted by PatriciaW | July 8, 2011, 10:02 am
    • Hi, Patricia. What’s worse is I bought the bullets on the internet! LOL. I then had my step-daughter make me the earrings and the keychain. She made me a rockin’ bracelet too!

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 11:08 am
  10. Hey Adrienne!

    I’m loving Vic and loving every moment of the book!

    Oh and I tell my daughter she’s going to turn into a giant strawberry in her sleep one night, because she perpetually and continually eats them. Hello, Lilly! :)

    My husband’s fav man law: When she’s mad wait for it to blow over. Smart man, but SOH annoying!

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing and YAY!! for you!

    Sonali

    Posted by Sonali Mayadev Thatte | July 8, 2011, 10:24 am
    • Hi, Sonali. I’m so glad you’re liking the book. Lilly does love her strawberries!

      You know, I sort of have to agree with your husband. LOL. Maybe all men should take a lesson on that one!

      Posted by AdrienneGiordano | July 8, 2011, 11:16 am
  11. Adrienne – So sorry I’m late to your party! I just got back from taking the dog to the vet. Whew, it’s hot out there!

    I’m sooo excited for you! Your voice just shines through, even when you talk about MAN LAW. I have it, but I’m not allowing myself to indulge until my work is finished. (I’ve been saying it’s almost done all week, but I think today may be the day!)

    I’m also looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I hope this is just the beginning of your success as an author!

    Posted by Becke Davis (Becke Martin) | July 8, 2011, 10:36 am
  12. Don’t need to read the excerpt. I’m reading the book right now! It’s keeping from my own edits (shh, don’t tell my editor! LOL)

    Vic is a lot of fun. I love how he knows the Man Laws and yet…always breaks them. :)

    Posted by Cynthia D'Alba | July 8, 2011, 12:17 pm
    • Thank you, Cynthia! There are some Man Laws later in the book he doesn’t break, but they’re the easy ones like the driver controls the radio. I had to leave something in his control. :)

      Okay, so I’m going to let the RU Crew in on a little secret. The book I’m editing now is Michael and Roxann’s story.

      This book’s journey to publication is a rather lengthy explanation that will be in the book when it comes out, but because I needed to make extensive changes, Carina decided to release them out of order.

      I’m so excited that all the books in the series will be released!

      Posted by Adrienne Giordano | July 8, 2011, 1:21 pm
  13. Hey Adrienne,

    Great interview and it’s nice to read all the details of what it took to get where you are today. Enjoying MAN Law by the way :)

    Posted by Rashda Khan | July 8, 2011, 1:54 pm
  14. I need to sign off for the night, gang, but will pick the giveaway winners tomorrow morning.

    Thank you to our wonderful RU readers for hanging with me today. I love this place! LOL.

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | July 8, 2011, 5:51 pm
  15. Hi Adrienne!

    Sorry I’m so late. Crazy day and my best friend’s here booking actors for voiceovers.

    I can’t agree with you more about writing during the submission process. I’m glad you stuck to your guns and believed in Vic’s story. Can’t wait to read it!

    Posted by jennifer tanner | July 8, 2011, 6:45 pm

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