I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Linda Ferreri’s The Matter of the Crown, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Find out which character Linda Ferreri would choose to be, her inspiration for writing and what has been the best part of her writing journey.
First, here’s more about The Matter of the Crown:
The Crown of the Andes, one of the world’s most precious and beautiful sacred objects, has been stolen right off the stage at Satterling’s Auction House in New York City. Five pounds of magnificent baroque gold that ransomed the Inca Ruler Atahaulpa, and hundreds of perfect Colombian emeralds, all gone without a trace! Will this legendary treasure be destroyed for its gold and emeralds? Claire, the heroine from “One Sacred Crown,” braving danger and emotional turmoil, is in hot pursuit.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise The Matter of the Crown in 20 words or less.
The Crown of the Andes goes missing from an auction house as does a woman from a hill town in Italy. Both events take the reader on a thrilling ride through the psychology of the characters and the history of the Crown to a powerful ending.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
The Crown of the Andes itself, that the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired just over two years ago. I used it as the subject of my previous thriller, One Sacred Crown.
If you could choose to be one of your characters, who would you be Linda?
Claire Bliss, a protagonist. I knew her well in real life, but that emerged from the previous Crown novel.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
The dramatic final scene that I cannot give away. I could see it and feel parts of it as I typed it.
Did you travel to any places? Undergo any new experiences?
Absolutely yes! I live half the year in Le Marche, Italy, where the Italian part of the story is set. Right here in Macerata Province, Italy. And yes, I spent years as an art lawyer and teaching art law in the United States. So I have “been there” shall we say.
Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie Linda?
This absolutely must happen because this story is so visual, so gorgeous in its location and the central object made of gold and the world’s largest collection of emeralds. So I think about this often. Damian Lewis should play Alfred Granfeld. I saw him in that role the entire time I was writing the book. Helena Bonham Carter should be cast as Phyllis.
Do you have a theme for your book covers? Who designs them?
I do the covers and they always feature the work of art that is central to the story, or parts of it.
If your book is part of a series, what is in the future?
The next book involves two of the same characters, two key ones, and the location in Le Marche is not only the same but more specific. It’s another thriller about a work of art and I am in it now, deeply.
What inspired you to write?
Reading great books and marvelling at how one person could compose one of them. Then I tried.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
Yes. The morning.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration Linda, or a favourite activity?
I have an office in my home in Italy but my favorite spot in this house for writing is the dining room table here because of the gorgeous view out the doors and windows here. I am staring at Loro Piceno right now.
Panster or plotter?
I am mostly a panster but something of a plotter, too. After all, it’s a thriller and I know the crime and how it has to end. What I never know is how my characters are going to get from here to there. They take me on quite a ride here on this computer.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
I quite like not only the book The Help but also the film version. Both are superb.
Do you have a favourite book Linda?
Both Pride and Prejudice and A Portrait of a Lady have sat at the top of that list, on and off, for many decades. It’s the skill with which Austen, and James who admired her so much, take the reader into the psyches of the characters. All of the action is between the ears.
What has been the worst part of your writing journey so far?
Selling books involves pushing myself and I detest that bit.
… and the best part of your writing journey so far?
There comes a moment, for me, when I know the work is finished. My favorite book by me is a novella I wrote while living in Paris, entitled The King of UNINI. It is a politically incorrect, funny fairy tale with a bright pink cover that I published (aptly enough) on LuLu.com. I remember how much fun I had writing it there in my flat in the 7th Arrondisement and how well I knew the moment when it was finished. I have had that same feeling with every subsequent work of fiction.
Thank you for being my guest today Linda.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
Linda Ferreri is a well-known art lawyer and author. Her books include novels about the Crown of the Anes, a novella entitled The King of UNINI, and whimsical hand-illustrated iBooks. She is known, also, for her drawings. She divides her time between Italy and the United States, and lectures widely around the world about art and history. Her next novel is in progress.
Connect with Linda Ferreri
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LEFerreri