Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes romantic crime fiction and emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-three years. After attaining a BS in Nursing, Theresa retired to raise four wonderful children and write.
What can the audience expect from your latest novel, Silent Sentry?
Readers can expect a thrilling crime novel packed with suspense, romance, and redemption. Silent Sentry is about an entrepreneur who must team up with the man she’s secretly loved to outwit a psychotic hacker before he destroys all she holds dear.
The Scarfilis and Donnatellis love deeply and protect fiercely. “Family takes care of family” is the code they live by.
So when a hacker threatens Gianna Donnatelli’s life, Dr. Joe Scarfili is determined to keep her safe, only he has no police or tech experience, and Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed. Gianna protects Joe with the same unyielding resolve.
Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons. Joe tries her patience like no other. But together they’ll fight to save each other and their love… Or die trying.
Who/what is your inspiration in writing this story?
Though Silent Sentry is the fifth book I’m publishing, it was the second book I’d written. The first book was a huge learning experience not even worth revising. Basically that book had no conflict and little reason to turn the pages. Romantic suspense is all about plotting and giving the reader reason to turn pages, so I wanted to write in that genre.
Only I wanted a story that wasn’t cliché—that didn’t feature a navy seal, a damaged war vet, or a cynical, burned out cop/detective. I wanted an unlikely hero like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. So my hero was going to be a surgeon.
At the time, the advice was to write what you know. Well, I knew Grosse Pointe, I had a bachelor’s degree in nursing and grew up in a medical family, I’m married to an engineer, and I know big Italian families. So I thought of a plot to tie it all together.
Who is your favorite author? What genre of books do you read?
I love to read mostly romance and most of it’s subgenres, but also young adult, fantasy, some dystopian, suspense, thriller—I’m not a huge mystery, historical, literary, or nonfiction fan.
I don’t have just one favorite author. I LOVE the Harry Potter series. Hunger Games was brilliant. I love Lisa Klyepas, Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, Jodi Picoult, Christine Feehan and the list goes on and on…
Do you believe that reading is important?
Reading is a crucial life skill, but it’s also great entertainment. I feel sorry for people who don’t enjoy reading. I’m dyslexic and couldn’t read until the third grade, and took remedial reading classes up to high school. It’s safe to say reading never came easily to me, but oh, what a world it open up.
What is your message to the book geek wannabe’s out there who would like to read your books and where and when can they purchase it?
Read the book blurbs and if something sounds intriguing, buy and read the book. Or go to your library and borrow the book—and if it’s not in your library yet, ask them to get it!
I’m not one of those fans who reads everything my favorite author writes; the plot and characters have to speak to me.
I’m not out here to convince anybody to do anything; I’m just offering an entertaining story.
Thanks for featuring me on your blog, Trixie.
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