Sonia Stanzzio spends most of her time dreaming up stories about couples and their road to finding love – most times bumpy but always a lot of fun! When she’s not working with her husband in their motor mechanic business she can be found chauffeuring around her three kids, chasing after a hyperactive Beagle, taking pole dancing lessons (purely for the fun and exercise) and spending any free time reading and writing.
Your book, Chasing Trouble, came out on 16 July 2018. What was the inspiration for the story?
The heroine in this book, Ava Cardona was a secondary character from my first book, The Trouble with Mr. Pretty. I didn’t originally plan on writing a book for her, but I kept picturing this character who was a successful lawyer, always dressed immaculately without a hair out of place, messed up and dirty. I wanted her life that seemed to be perfect, be anything but perfect. So I stranded her on the side of the road in the middle of a storm soaking wet, covered in mud and cow manure. It’s fun to be a little mean to characters.
What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
I can safely say that I’m nothing like Ava. I’m never dressed perfectly, I’m lucky if I get out of my trackies and my life is far from perfect. Though I do think every character I write has a tiny piece of my personality. Whether it’s something I like to do or eat or watch. That sometimes comes from something I like.
Are you a plotter or panster?
I am ninety-five percent panster and five percent plotter. I can never plot a whole book. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the story most of the time until it happens. Although I try to plot what I might want to happen in a scene, but most of the time it drifts away from it and something completely different happens.
What is your favourtie move of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots and every time?
I think I have a few movies I can watch over again. Dirty Dancing is always one of them. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Always makes me smile. And the lift at the end…. love it! Also the movie Ever After stands out for me too. It’s based on the Cinderella story. I love at the end that Cinderella rescues herself.
Who are your favourite authors? Give us a recommendation, or two!
My favourite authors who are my auto buys are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis and Rachel Gibson. Love the humour they put in their stories and there’s always a lot of love and emotion too. Another favourite is Sandra Brown. She’s more suspense with a splash of romance but I like that you never can predict what’s going to happen in her stories. She always has good plot twists.
Blurb for Chasing Trouble
Love is worth the chase, even if it means trouble.
When Ava Cardona returns home after being away for ten years, she plans to visit with her younger sister then get out of town fast. There are too many painful memories she’d rather not relive. But when a storm hits and she’s stranded on the side of the road, she has no choice but to accept help from the man who hurt her the most—Nick Williams.
Nick isn’t happy to see Ava either. She had been the love of his life, and she ran away without any explanation. Now he’s stuck with her on his family’s farm, and old feelings are racing to the surface. While the weather rages outside, the air is just as turbulent inside. But even though they both want to keep as far away from each other as possible, old attractions keep pulling them closer.
As the days pass, their icy dispositions begin to melt, and once they begin talking, they finally start to let go of past hurts. A relationship could even be in their future…or at the very least, a friendship with benefits.
But when Ava learns of a family secret that devastates her, and she discovers that Nick has known about it for years, she does what she does best…runs. Will Nick let Ava run from him again, or will he be strong enough to chase her and fight for her love?