This beautifully sweeping story of dueling ambitions and restless hearts in the roaring twenties will captivate fans who loved the romance of the Oscar-winning film La La Land and Paula McLain’s bestselling novel The Paris Wife.
The bohemian salons and wild cabarets of 1920s Paris are just the place for Owen Matthews to pursue his writing and make the right connections in the literary scene. But six years after leaving Los Angeles and the love of his life, he still strives for success. Penning a new screenplay for his friend’s film might just help keep the lights on a bit longer in the City of Lights.
Iris Wong is used to sacrifice and rejection as an Asian-American actress. She’s determined to take full advantage of her new leading role in a Parisian silent film—and the director’s romantic interest in her. Playing the game almost guarantees she’ll be able to break through the industry’s racism and become the silver screen star she’s dreamed of being since she earned her first nickel as a Hollywood extra.
When these two star-crossed lovers unexpectedly reunite, they get a second chance to reconcile their hearts’ desires with their dreams of fame and fortune.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
I’ve always found the 20’s, and in particular the Lost Generation artists and writers, intriguing. They lived bohemian lifestyles and were the celebrities of their day. Our celebrities today, actors and actresses, were just beginning to develop their audience. I wanted to explore the confluence of both worlds through my story. Iris Wong is inspired by Anna May Wong, one of the pioneering Asian American actresses in Hollywood. This book is in part a tribute to her and a tribute to all those who dream.
What do you like to read?
I love historical fiction. Historical stories possess a unique ability to sweep the reader back into a different time through a recognizable place. Growing up, you read about previous time periods in history books, but the characters in historical fiction bring it to life. Times change, but people don’t.
What would be your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Don’t give up. Keep writing, keep revising, keep learning from editors and putting your work out there. As long as you write the book you want to read, an audience exists for your story.