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About the author:
My parents always had great books on their shelves — classics, crime novels, comics, art books, histories, books from around the world — to discover. They also made sure that I put the books aside long enough to experience some adventures of my own, like chasing a hungry brown bear away from our camp with pots and pans, haggling in a noisy Turkish bazaar, and celebrating Christmas at a stately English home over a dinner of fish a la catsup and alcohol-soaked pudding.
What inspired you to write your book?
I’ve always liked romance novels with heroines who evolve during the course of the book. Authors like Jane Austen gave us interesting, compelling characters who are memorable partly, I think, because they aren’t “perfect.” With that in mind, I wanted to create a character who would learn something about herself and the people around her during the course of my book. I also think it’s hard to maintain a romantic relationship unless you have a clear sense of who you are and what you want. In my book, grad student Hannelore Riker is going through the process of figuring out who she is and what she wants, even as she is forced to deal with the eccentric professors and uninspired undergrads around her.