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Interview: A Veil of Glass and Rain by Petra F. Bagnardi

Book Blurb:

(Recommended for ages 17+, due to sexual content and language)

When Brina is nine and Eagan is fourteen, they meet and become friends.

Over the years, their friendship deepens; their bond seems unbreakable.

When Brina falls in love with Eagan, everything changes.

Set in the beautiful Rome, this is the sensual and romantic story of two friends who become lovers.


Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!


I’m partly Italian and partly Swiss. I currently live in Rome. I majored in cinema and soon after I graduated, I began to write screenplays for television shows. I wrote cartoons mostly. Then, during a screenwriting workshop, one of my professors told me how important it is for writers to be also actors, in order to make your dialogs more authentic. So I decided to take some acting classes. It was just for fun at first, then it started to become more serious. An indie-director noticed me, and asked me to write and then play a monologue about a social issue; he liked it and he directed it. We didn’t become famous, but it was appreciated within the indie-theater circles. Then I formed my own indie-theater company. We were five very motivated people. Our first work was a comedy that we wrote all together. We had a lot fun playing it!


Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

I’m a huge fan of romances and romantic comedies. “When Harry met Sally” is one of my favorite movies. It’s basically about two best friends that, over the years,  fall in love.

That’s how it all started.

“A Veil of Glass and Rain” tells the story of two childhood best friends, Brina and Eagan,  who growing up become lovers. Of course, the path from friends to lovers is not easy; it’s emotional and filled with conflicts.

How do you create your characters?

I use a very simple method that I leaned at film school. I let the characters talk. I let them tell me about their past, their present, their desires, their fears, and also about their favorite colors, music, and films. Then I write everything down.

What inspires and what got your started in writing?

The first book I fell in love with was “Little Women”. I wanted to be like Jo March. I wanted to be independent, brave and a writer, just like her.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I live in a very small apartment, so the rooms are limited. I usually write sitting at my kitchen table. And I need complete silence while I’m working. But, while I’m gathering ideas, I like to be surrounded by people and sounds, so I take long walks, I go window-shopping, I go watch a movie, an art exhibit or a theater show. In short, I try to fill my mind with images and sounds. I try to keep it active.

How do you get your ideas for writing?

There’s an Italian writer, Italo Calvino, who once said that books are born from other books. And I totally agree with him. My ideas come from my travels, my friends’ stories sometimes, but mostly from movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read.


What do you like to read?

I like pretty much every genre as long as it contains a strong romantic element. Recently, thanks to authors like Annabel Joseph and Skye Warren, I’ve discovered a passion for Erotica and dark Erotica.


What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Never surrender and never give up. Don’t let anyone discourage you.  You want to be a writer? Then write! You’re haunted by a story? A couple of stubborn characters will not leave you alone until you listen to them and write about them? Then set them free. Give them their own story. And have fun in the process!


Anything else you’d like to share?

I decided to be an indie-author because I wanted to be free to experiment with my writing style, my plot and my characters.

“A Veil of Glass and Rain” is a contemporary romance, with some Erotica elements, but it is not written in a “classical” romance way. You can definitely perceive the influences of cinema and theater writing; despite all that, I hope the readers will give it a chance, for it is a romantic novel.




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