But she nevertheless survived, and seems to be doing OK. She practices Law read lore) in Brooklyn, New York (read Nu Yawk). She was born in the former Soviet Union, and emigrated in 1979. She is happily married to the same crazy Italian she’s been with since college, who suffers from a severe addition to travel (still in acute form). Together they are doing a somewhat passable job with their three precious darlings (who are now teenagers, thus elaboration is not necessary).
Which is why Emilia writes about Veronica. Veronica, though… is interesting. And Emilia knows interesting.
So she weaved the tale about the interesting characters, places and events from her own life. It is remarkable how if you choose to view a subject objectively, it becomes downright artistically gorgeous. So Emilia views and shows Brooklyn Russians as gorgeous, and the Barese intricacies as gorgeous, and she even tolerates Paris, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia for the reader’s interests.
Thank you, dear reader, for tolerating these scenes….
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Her first book in the Layers of Veronica series is Napoleon
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Emilia: It was a dark and stormy night…No, really, it was! It was a cold February evening when we were sitting in my kitchen drinking tea. There were eight kids in my NYC apartment who kept coming in to nag us about something and interrupt our very poignant conversation about Fifty Shades of Grey. We’d both just read it, and she was thrilled with it. I didn’t have anything negative to say, per se, I just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about! Her challenge… “you have such a strong interest in all this, and think you could do it? THEN YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK!.”So I did. I wrote five of them. Every question, comment, gossip and debate that has ever been had between my friends and me over martinis or cups of tea is a storyline in the Layers of Veronica.
Emilia: It was a matter of time – finding it, allocating it and using it wisely. The only advice… the best advice that can be given to any writer is: believe in what you are doing. There is no known path. You cannot do the same thing as the writer next door, or the great one that lived a century earlier. Use them as inspiration, but not as path leaders on your journey. You will have a different path.
Emilia: Self-published. It was the only path for me. I wrote the books on a dare, for friends to read. It got passed around as Word documents some chapters at a time until I got smacked in the head and introduced to Kindle Publishing. Amazon is a divine gift. Traditional publishers would not be thrilled with my heroine… she is a divorced, educated 35-year-old attorney who sleeps with married men, shuns traditional marriage for herself, raises her children and makes her way up to society – without a lottery win or a princely rescue.
Emilia: I’m shocked (read pleasantly thrilled) at the demographics that are finding and enjoying the book. I thought that it would appeal mostly to the 30-year-old woman in New York. I was wrong. Every email I get from men and women all over the world in their forties, fifties, sixties and seventies who love Veronica and are inspired by the story lines makes me grin and thank the universe. I’m a very lucky girl.
Emilia: It was nice, but not as nice as a letter from someone who has read the book and feels inspired by it. THAT is the most incredible feeling. It makes you want to smile and cry at the same time. The flattery is lovely to hear, and the lines that say “thank you for writing this” make my hands shake.
Emilia: Layers of Veronica has five books in the series. The first three: Napoleon, Fairytales, and Petals are out. The last two are at the editor’s getting some TLC. They should be published by Spring. The series I’m working on now is called Alexandra’s Order. It’s still a work in progress.
Emilia: Thank you so much for this opportunity.