Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author Interview: Lisa Norato

Lisa Norato
author, Love in a Victorian

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I am a life-long New Englander from a close-knit Italian family in Rhode Island. Although, I have traveled a bit throughout the U.S. and Canada, I’m homebody at heart. I enjoy my recliner and sweet little Yorkie-poo lap dog, where we live in a small, historic neighborhood of diverse houses styles and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

That’s definitely me. I’m a reader. I love the variety of reading many different types of books and discovering new authors. I read romance mostly, of course, but also enjoy suspense, non-fiction, biographies, Christian fiction and non-fiction, historical fiction and classics. Whenever I come across a book that captures my interest, I add it to my must-read list (which is always growing, by the way). At the moment that list includes an upcoming Daniel Steel novel called The Right Time, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, The Tales of Wandering Prophet by Hubie Synn, When Angels Cry by MaryLu Tyndall, The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen, and an upcoming Amish Christmas anthology with a story from a good writer friend of mine, Lisa Jones Baker.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

Clean romance allows me to write romances where the characters don’t recognize they’ve met their sole mate until they slowly begin to really get to know each other. They spend time together and enjoy each other’s company without expectations. Clean romance focuses on the journey of falling in love as opposed to a relationship motivated by physical attraction. Passion can fade with time and familiarity, but loving and respecting a person for who they truly are endures. It’s the basis for true love. My current release, Love in a Victorian, is a clean romance, but I have also written Christian historical romance and time travel.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

It’s hard to say just how much of my own personality and life experiences goes into each book I write, but I would say a fair amount. In a way I have walked in the shoes of each character I create, to feel what they feel.

To do that I will often draw on my own reality and view of the world, the experiences of those close to me, of others I’ve observed and/or learned about. This is especially true in my newest release, Love in a Victorian. It’s a clean and wholesome contemporary romance set in fictional Elm’s Corner, Rhode Island, but which was inspired by my own community. The story is sprinkled with true local history, my own childhood reminiscences, and some Rhode Island trivia. I’ve even taken the liberty of borrowing the first names of some family and friends.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

For me, it’s characters that come alive on the page and an intriguing setting that makes me feel I am experiencing the story right there with them.

Please share about your book .

Love in a Victorian is a clean and wholesome contemporary romance set in a small New England town.

Every house has a story. . . .

Historical restoration contractor Jamie Kearly thought she’d found her happily-ever- after house, until she lost the sale at the last minute to a higher offer.  Attorney Richard Damien has purchased his grandmother’s Victorian, because growing up in the historic village of Elm’s Corner was the only time he’s ever felt a sense of belonging. When he hires J. Kearly Restoration, he doesn’t realize the contractor comes with a bossy lady foreman, but Jamie’s dad has sprained his ankle, leaving Jamie to take charge of the project. Now she has no choice but to transform her dream house into Rick’s perfect home.

Soon Rick will learn it takes more than four walls to make a Victorian a home. And as for Jamie—well, it’s going to take more than a hammer to nail down this confirmed bachelor.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Love in a Victorian is a romance novel, but it is also a love story about family and home, about the memories and love that make a house a home—even if that home is just you and your cat. I’ve put my heart into creating that experience for the reader with this story.


  1. Thank you, Clean Romance Reviews, for this opportunity to share a bit about myself and my work!

  2. Great interview! I really like learning more about Lisa Narato. Her books are wonderful :)

  3. Thanks for this interview! I had seen one of Lisa's historical book, but was unaware of her other contemporary novels, and I didn't know she was of Italian origin. I'd love to read Where Eagles Fly because I love time travel, so it's going on my TBR list.



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