We’re thrilled to have here today Bianca Nerini from Gabriel Valjan’s new mystery-suspense novel, Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book 5. Bianca is a forensic accountant living somewhere in Italy.It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Bianca. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Fair? Hmm. In Corporate Citizen, I got called out on some things and by more than one person, which didn’t sit well with me at the time, but that’s life, isn’t it? We can wish for roses, but we learn more about ourselves when we are forced to hold the stems and deal with the thorns. Gabriel was kinder with me than I would’ve been with him had the roles been reversed.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I think Gabriel was fair. I’m not an easy person to get along with because I’m guarded, but Gabriel did a great job showing that I have both a strong and vulnerable side to me in Corporate Citizen. I may not have always liked what he says about me, but he is truthful.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My analytical mind is my best trait, which is frustrating because if a man possesses the same quality, he’s objective, but if a woman has it she’s a….
Trust doesn’t come easy to me. I think readers know that of me, but this fault comes to the forefront in Corporate Citizen. I had to deal with a lot and from so many angles.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book were made into a movie and who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Interesting question, but I would have to say either Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie should play me, or better — Charlize Theron should play me and Angelina Jolie should direct. I don’t think a male director should be behind the camera.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
I have two and it’s complicated. I’ll leave it at that.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I get nervous every time Alessandro has a new girlfriend. To say that he has bad luck with women is an understatement, but I think there might be something to his pairing with Erica. Fingers crossed. My nerves don’t often get frazzled, but the mere mention of The Magician makes my hair stand on end.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I wouldn’t want to be Nick. He has done his dance of pain for more than one lifetime and people have used and misused him. I admire him. I fear him and in my own way, love him, but, like me, he keeps people at arm’s length for good reason. I can relate to that and respect it. He has made me look into the mirror at myself. I’m uncertain as to how I feel about the reflection.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
The final page packs a surprise and it’s a game-changer. All I can say without spoiling it is that the Roma Series is headed into new territory and Gabriel provides the first chapter of my next adventure in London: Crunch City.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?
Gabriel should let readers see how brilliant Silvio is in the next book. I think we all underestimated the man. Oh, and there’s another character we meet in Corporate Citizen – a new one and Gabriel has to go there. I insist.
Thank you for this interview, Bianca. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Yes. Readers will see me in London next with Crunch City: Roma Series Book Six. My life becomes a nightmare. Fun fact for your consideration: The British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) has 5 million cameras, or one for every fourteen people in place throughout Great Britain. I’ll leave you to imagine just how many of them are in London.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book Five
Author: Gabriel Valjan
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Purchase link: http://amzn.to/2b9E2qE
A call for help from an old friend lands Bianca and the crew back in Boston. On a timeout with Dante, due to revelations in the aftermath of the showdown in Naples, Bianca is drawn to a mysterious new ally who understands the traumas of her past, and has some very real trauma of his own. Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician challenge our team, and Bianca learns that leaving Rendition behind might be much harder than she thinks.
About the Author:
Gabriel Valjan is the author of the Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing as well as numerous short stories. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoys the local restaurants, and his two cats, Squeak and Squawk, keep him honest to the story on the screen.
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