Interview with a Hero: Keirnan Fitzgerald

by Guest Blogger on September 12, 2010 · 22 comments

in Contemporary, Guest Blogger, Italy, Librarian, M-O, Paranormal, Renaissance, Suspense/Thriller

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by Loucinda McGary guest blogger and author of The Treasures of Venice

Thank you for inviting me to blog with you today. I’m excited to be promoting my newest release from Sourcebooks Casablanca, The Treasures of Venice. This book is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements and a dual storyline set in both contemporary and Renaissance Venice.

American librarian, Samantha Lewis is in Venice on what should have been her honeymoon, but she called off the wedding after learning that her fiancé cheated on her. Sitting in an outdoor café in St. Mark’s Square, she is feeling a bit sorry for herself when a handsome stranger approaches her and asked her to play along with him. On an impulse, she does and goes with him into the Doge’s Palace.

Charming Irish rogue, Keirnan Fitzgerald never met a lock he couldn’t pick. But he finds himself in Venice on a dangerous mission. His sister, a Renaissance scholar has been ruthlessly kidnapped. The ransom is the legendary Jewels of the Madonna, stolen and missing for over 500 years. Keirnan’s plans do not include becoming involved with a beautiful American tourist, but he and Samantha seem drawn to each other in an almost other-worldly way.

As the story behind the jewels original disappearance in 1485 unfolds, Samantha and Keirnan question if they are soul mates from a previous life. Or are they merely pawns in a relentless quest for a priceless treasure?

Now that you know a little about the book, I thought you might enjoy an interview with the hero, Keirnan Fitzgerald. My critique partners, friends, and thus far the readers and reviewers have been very enthusiastic about this charming Irish rogue. They’ve all expressed interest in learning a bit more about him and I thought the readers here at Love Romance Passion might like to know too. (Special thanks to my critique partners Cathy D. and Jo-Mama who helped with some of the questions.)

TreasuresofVeniceCVR.inddLoucinda McGary: Hello Keirnan, you have a somewhat unusual name. Is it a family name?

Keirnan Fitzgerald: As a matter of fact, it is. I was named for both my grandfathers, Keirnan Fitzgerald and Sean Farley. My sister was also named for our grandmothers, Kathleen Mary, so I guess you could say it’s a family tradition.

LM: In the story The Treasures of Venice, you mention being kicked by a horse as a child. Did you grow up around horses?

KF: Most everyone in County Kildare does. All the finest Irish thoroughbreds are born and raised there. My father was a trainer on one of the smaller farms.

LM: But you didn’t want to follow in his footsteps?

KF: Ah, no. I saw too much of the more unpleasant aspects of the job growing up to want to spend my life doing it.

LM: How in the world did you go from a horse farm to Venice?

KF: That would be my sister’s doing. She studied there for a semester during her early days at university, and she couldn’t get enough of the place – became a bit obsessed actually. When she moved there to do her graduate studies, I used to visit her on school holidays. Unlike her, I never wanted to live there. America was the place for me, the land of opportunity and pretty girls. First chance I got to go there, I jumped at it and I’ve lived there ever since.

LM: What is it about American women you find so appealing?

KF: Most of them have a fresh-scrubbed look about them that makes them appear to be both innocent and sexy at the same time. And most of them are incredibly direct. No doubt about where you stand. Oh, and most of them also find an Irish accent irresistible. (He gives a knowing smile.)

LM: Back to the storyline of The Treasures of Venice, what would you have done if Samantha hadn’t gone along with you? Did you have a Plan B?

KF: (chuckles) Darlin’ I didn’t even have a Plan A! I had that funny feeling on the back of my neck that I get when I’m being watched or followed. I saw a pretty girl sitting alone at a table in Piazza San Marco. I could tell by the way she was dressed that she was American. She looked familiar somehow, so I just walked up to her and took a chance.

LM: It never once occurred to you that she might say no, did it?

KF: (shuffles his feet and looks a bit sheepish) I adore the ladies, and most of ‘em adore me, so honestly, no. I didn’t think what I’d do if she refused. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about it, did I? (His blue eyes gleam and he winks.)

LM: You do have quite an adventurous streak, don’t you? So how many times have you wound up naked in some strange woman’s hotel room?

KF: Don’t ya know a gentleman never kisses and tells? And I am a gentleman.

LM: All right then, what is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

KF: Why fall in love, of course. Nothing’s more dangerous than risking your heart.

LM: One last question, certain people in The Treasures of Venice believe you and Samantha were soul-mates from a previous life. Do you believe you that?

KF: If you had asked me that before I met Samantha, I’d have told you it was all a pile of rubbish. I still think perhaps it might be. But I do believe in true love, and when you meet the one for you, you will know it.

LM: On that lovely note, we’ll end our interview. But if you have any questions for Keirnan, please ask away! Oh, and if you have any questions for me, his creator, I’ll be happy to answer those too.

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About the Author

Loucinda McGary took early retirement from her managerial career to pursue her twin passions of travel and writing, and sets her novels of romantic suspense in the fascinating places she has visited. She was a finalist in the 2006 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest in Romantic Suspense. She lives in Sacramento, CA. For more information, please visit http://loucindamcgary.com/.

Buy: The Treasures of Venice

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1 Lynz Pickles September 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM

“KF: Why fall in love, of course. Nothing’s more dangerous than risking your heart.”

I’m swooning! Keirnan just sounds better and better every time I learn more about him! I’m curious: did you base him on any specific pictures? Pictures that you’d want to post here?

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2 Robin Kaye September 11, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Cindy~
Keirnan sounds yummy. I can’t wait to read Treasures of Venice. I fell in love with Venice when I was there years ago, unfortunately, I didn’t get picked up by a sexy Irishman.

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3 Jane September 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Hi Aunty Cindy and Keirnan,
It’s so nice to meet you. Keirnan, are you willing to show me a good time if I visit Ireland?

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4 Fedora September 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Hi, Cindy! Just popping in to say hi! And great to meet Keirnan, too! Looking forward to reading his story :) I’ve always love traditional Irish names! Totally wanted to choose them for my kids, but I was convinced finally that they might be a little too “funky” paired with our Asian last name ;) Alas!

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5 Helen September 11, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Hi Aunty Cindy

What a fantastic interview I started reading TTOV last night and was up late I couldn’t put it down I am loving it. I will be reading all day today if my family pemits.
I am in love with Keirnan already what is not to love

Have Fun
Helen

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6 Joanie T September 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Hey Aunty!

Ah yes, we American girls can NOT resist an Irish lad’s accent, to be sure.

I’ve got TTOV and can’t wait to dive into Kiernan…er, the story :-)

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7 Christine Wells September 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Ahh, keep talking Keirnan. I looove that Irish accent!

Great post, Cindy. Venice is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. So romantic! And a wonderful setting for an action-packed romantic suspense.

I know you’ve been to Venice, but did you come across any interesting research when writing the Treasures of Venice?

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8 Marie Force September 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Great interview, Auntie. Can’t wait to read the book!

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9 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Thanx to my CasaBabes Robin and Marie for popping by!

Don’t feel bad, Robin. I didn’t get picked up by a sexy Irishman when I was in Venice either. :-P Of course, I was there with my DH who is Irish-American and I do think he is pretty sexy, so I guess it evens out. LOL!

AC

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10 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Hi Fedora,
GREAT to see you here!

I gave my son an Irish first name even if he did have an Hispanic last name. :-P And a good friend of mine who is Asian but LOVES all things Spanish (esp. flamenco) named his daughter Juanita. Guess what? She loves to dance! So here’s to originality in whatever form.
;-)

AC

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11 Jeanne AKA The Duchesse September 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Awww, Keirnan! You’re cool.

Auntie, this is the BEST book and I love the interview with Keirnan. :>

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12 Monica McCabe September 11, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Love the dual storyline idea! And sexy Irishmen. Pierce Brosnan anyone? The Remington Steel days made me swoon. Anyhow…Irishmen, treasure, AND Venice? Sounds like an adventure. Which means that’s a book for me!

Nice interview, asking questions of the story hero is a great idea.

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13 Sheila Deeth September 11, 2009 at 6:39 PM

I am constantly amazed at how well you convey an Irish accent without making it hard to read. And I love the interview.

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14 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Hey Joanie, Mme Wells, and Le Duchesse Jeanne!

(Auntie waves MADLY at her Banditas!)

Thanx so much for popping by! And Yes, Joanie that Irish accent gets us everytime!

Christine, I think the most interesting bit of research was about the cemetery isle, San Michele en Isola. The island has served as Venice’s cemetery for centuries and several famous people are buried there, including Ezra Pound and the composer of Jewels of the Madonna, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari.

Jeanne, can’t thank you enough for your wonderful praise of TToV!

AC

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15 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Lynz, Happy to ‘see’ you here!

Yes, that Keirnan is a charmer. I may have mentioned this before but there’s a certain Scottish actor (initials are GB) who served as a physical model for Keirnan… Oh, and he’s very charming too! ;-)

AC

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16 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Aunty waves a BIG HELLO to her two most avid and loyal fans, Jane and Helen!!!

Helen, I’m soooo happy you are loving the book and my Irish hunk hero. Like you said, “What’s not to love?”

Jane, Keirnan says to remind you that he lives in America now. Not that far from you, in Philly. ;-)

AC

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17 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 11, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Monica,

BIG THANX for stopping by! OOOO! Pierce Brosnan could eat crackers in my bed any old day and I wouldn’t utter a peep of protest. ;-)

I hope you enjoy Treasures of Venice!

AC

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18 Mariska September 11, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Hi AC :)
A great interview. Learning more about Keirnan makes him soooo ‘delicious’ ;D to read !
Waiting my ‘turn’ to read TToV.
And i love his name.
Mariska

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19 Jo Robertson September 11, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Hi, Aunty Cindy, waving madly from the Lair. Sorry I’m so late, but my day just began to settle down. Oy vey!

Kiernan is a wonderful hero, maybe one of my favorites. So Irish, so handsome, so sexy, so blue-eyed!

Loved the interview and I’m loving reading TToV for the second time!

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20 Tracey September 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

What a great interview. I look forward in reading the book.

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21 Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy September 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Thank you Sheila!
I work really hard using syntax and diction to differentiate the Irish sing-song lilt. So glad it comes through for you!

WONDERFUL to ‘see’ you Mariska! You too, Tracey. And HUGS to my CP Jo!

AC

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22 Cheryl Brooks September 15, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Great interview, Cindy, and the book is even better! A real page-turner!

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