I’ve long been a fan of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s novels, in fact, I’m pretty sure I have read them all! I adored her series of The Gifted so am thrilled she is returning to Italy, this time in the fourteenth century with her River of Time series for young adults, beginning with Waterfall.
Enjoy this insight into Lisa’s main characters:~
GABRIELLA (GABI): long, dark, wavy hair, big brown eyes; classic Italian girl beauty; 5’9″
LUCA: Lighter hair, tall, buff; 6′
LIA: Blond, big blue eyes, California-type beauty; 5’6″
MARCELLO: Actor Luca Argentero is closest, but when we chose models for the covers, my idea of them became closer to who we have shown. My only regret from our cover shoot–we couldn’t find a model with hair like Argentero’s and had to go with a wig! (I tried to get my publisher to send me on a scouting mission to Italy but they didn’t go for it.) Here’s a pic of what I had in my head, but longer and tied at the nape of his neck…
GABI: Monica Belluci, but younger–I think our model for the cover is pretty great!
LIA: I was thinking of a younger Brittany Daniel, model. She’s supposed to look a lot like her mother, who is 100% Danish. But again, our cover model really became Lia in my head, once we found her.
Strengths and weaknesses
MARCELLO: Loyal, passionate and dictatorial (he is a young lord in the making, after all)
GABI: Strong, passionate, wants to do things her way
LUCA: Good supporter, great sense of humor, risk-taker that leads him in to occasional hot water
LIA: Loving, doesn’t want to be left behind
Quirk (if any)
GABI: Hypochondriac tendencies
LIA: Tends to get distracted at times
I guess my guys don’t have any quirks!
Your inspiration for the characterMARCELLO: Quintessential romantic hero, a true knight in shining armor
GABI: Quintessential romantic heroine, with a bit of my daughter Olivia thrown in
LUCA: Quintessential romantic hero and funny sidekick (I always love those guys in movies!)
LIA: Quintessential romantic heroine, with a bit of my daughter Emma thrown in
Background to the story
Teens Gabi and Lia are back in Italy for the duration of their summer vacation. This would be a cool thing for most kids, but they spend every summer there, and it’s usually far from any other people their own age…or any activities that are remotely interesting. But when they put their hands on two hand prints inside an ancient Etruscan tomb their mother has discovered, they catapult through time to medieval Italy, and find themselves in the middle of a battle and soon, in love….
I was inspired to write the series because Olivia, my eldest, was a reluctant reader, and it wasn’t until I introduced her to TWILIGHT that she discovered how a story could pull you in and keep you up all night reading.When I went to the first movie with her, and saw all those girls, so engaged in the characters and story, I knew I wanted to write for them too.
Thanks for sharing, Lisa – looking forward to getting my hands on this story