Thursday, December 04, 2008

On the Fourth Day of Christmas....Lucy Gordon

Today's the fourth and I'm pleased that one of my very favourite authors is our spotlight today. A reviewer once spoke our names in the same breath and I was SO flattered. Not to mention the story of her and her husband is one of the most romantic ones I've ever heard.

So here's that love story - courtesy of Award Winning Romance author Lucy Gordon!

The most romantic love story I have ever known is my own. It started when I was taking a short holiday in Venice, Italy.

I can remember sitting at a little cafe in St.Mark's Square, listening to the orchestra, watching the sun wink off my wine glass, and wondering what this magical city would bring me. Three hours later I met a tall, dark, handsome Venetian, who asked me to have dinner with him that night.

"Definitely not!!" I said. "I've dated Italians before, "and you're all hands."

He looked shocked at my suspicions. "Just friendly!" he promised. But he didn't keep his word - Thank goodness!

He had (and still has) more charm than any man has a right to have, and the evening was pure magic. We ate at a little canal side cafe, and took a motor bus up the Grand Canal, where the beautiful old buildings were bathed in floodlight. And, of course, we took a ride in a gondola.

He was in his thirties, and an old hand at dodging wedding bells. But that same evening he began to drop hints about the kind of woman he wanted to marry. Gradually I realized that he was serious. In the end it took him a whole twenty four hours to propose formally. I said yes. It was complete madness, but I was in love.

My family and friends were aghast, muttering darkly about 'holiday romances'. But now, more than twenty years later, we are still married, still happy and in love.

We have lived mostly in England. My husband is an artist. I was a journalist for some years, working on a major women's magazine. While writing features I found myself in some fascinating situations. I've camped out with lions in Africa, flown with the flying ambulances of the remote Scottish islands, and tried the gaming tables in Monte Carlo.

When I finally gave up journalism to write romances, all these experiences crept into my work.

I also interviewed some of the world's most interesting and attractive men, Warren Beatty, Richard Chamberlain, Roger Moore, Charlton Heston. Even when I took a fill in job in a London store, I found myself serving Michael Caine.

We did return to Italy for a couple of years, and rented a villa just outside Venice. It was then that I really got to know the Italian people, and the rest of the country.

It is no accident that so many of my books are set in Italy. I've used Venice as a background, but also Rome, Florence, Milan, Tuscany and Sicily. I love writing Italian heroes. The legend of the romantic Italian male has a lot of truth in it. The men from this hot, colorful country have a full hearted, emotional reaction to life that makes them wonderful to be with - and to write about.

We now live in the English midlands. We have no children, but our cat and dog make sure they leave us no time to spare.My husband paints and I write. We return to Venice every year, sometimes more often, to walk the streets we remember. Venice is as timeless as love itself, and the little canals and bridges haven't altered since that first night. Nor has the Grand Canal, or the gondolas. And nor have we.

Lucy's kindly donated to the box:

The Italian's Miracle Family

You can read more about Lucy at

Today's clue is Pannetone

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  1. That is romantic! Proves that love at first sight does exist.

  2. What a beautiful beginning this made to my day,was like reading a special love story. Just saw a clip on Weather Channel showing Venice with the worst flooding in 20 years-how sad,hope the damage is very minimal. Thank you for sharing,Lucy. I am enjoying this more each day,Donna,is the start to my day.

  3. Thank you Cheryl!

    And I love Lucy's story. It is just...sighworthy. ANd kind of makes you realize why she writes such lovely books...

  4. I love stories like that !! Thanks.

  5. Lucy's having trouble with blogger so sends this message through me:

    always said that I built my career on my husband. But for our beginnings I might never have started writing romances - I just didn't think life could happen that way. And I certainly wouldn't have specialised in Venice, as I have.

    The floods are terrible. We call Venice every day to make sure the family is safe, and so far everybody is fine. I'll never forget the first time I visited the apartment where my sister-in-law lived. As you went into the hallway downstairs you could see a line across the wall, just above eye-level, showing where the water had risen in the last big floods.

    I'm afraid there's going to be a much higher one now.