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Littlestone never knew she wanted to be a writer until she was over forty. But
once she began, the ideas didn’t stop. Her fascination with relationships,
history, and the spiritual path has opened her writing to women’s fiction,
historical fiction, and inspirational nonfiction.
native Californian, Nanette lives in Atlanta, Georgia, far from the beach
(which she loves) but a place that’s warm with spectacular scenery. On the
professional side, she helps entrepreneurial women write and get published with
Words of Passion. On the fun side, she takes walks with her husband, cooks,
plays with graphic design, and makes origami butterflies. She loves to travel,
but she’s waiting for the teleportation machine to whisk her off to Greece or
Asia. In the meantime, she’s happy with dark chocolate and romantic movies that
make her cry.
bit about your current release.
older woman’s journey of self-discovery and learning to trust what her heart
desires. She has just turned 50 and has a comfortable marriage with a
kind-hearted husband, but she longs for something more, something she can’t express.
As you travel with Toscana to Rome and Tuscany, you’ll encounter mouth-watering
descriptions of good food (spaghetti alla
carbonara, cacio e pepe, fettucine con carciofi, porchetta, fritto misto,
tortellini in brodo), chocolate (rich dark brownies with apricots,
Amaretto, and almonds or with cranberry, Triple Sec, and walnuts), and passion
(His mouth takes mine in a heady kiss,
rich with wine and the passion of our love), beautiful Italian scenery,
past-life memories, and difficult choices. Be prepared for non-stop reading and
lots of pantry raiding.
What inspired you to write this book?
is the sequel to The Sacred Flame, a
historical novel about a Vestal Virgin in ancient Rome who falls in love with a
married man. When I was writing The
Sacred Flame I was already aware of the sequel and how these lives in the
current time would take on some of the challenges of the past. The history of
Rome, the lives of the Vestals, the duties and sacrifices they made, colors,
mosaics, jewelry are all part of this story. Those influences prompt and
encourage Toscana to take her journey of self-discovery and look deep into her
Excerpt from Bella Toscana:
of life. I know of rhythm, in the lyricism of words, in music, in the ebb and
flow of the ocean, in the monthly cycles of plants and trees. A beautiful
orchestration exists in the simplest of nature. But my world operates on logic,
practicality, reason. I do not believe in a grand plan. I do not believe in
and routine carried me through the day, warmth and comfort eased me through the
night. There were disappointments. Longings. Not all was perfect. But such is
life. If there was no great passion, so be it. Peace is preferable to something
wild that soars then fizzles and leaves you with an aching heart. I had a
different kind of love—security, respect, admiration, friendship.
that grew and teased and eventually began to burn. The thought of him burrowed
deep inside me until I could think of nothing but him.
linked inextricably, inevitably by some deeper force, some older reckoning that
began many years ago.
happen. How do you know what fate has in store for you? They say man has free
will to act, to choose, to create whatever he desires. But what of other
people’s actions, choices, desires? What if those choices conflict with your
own? We tried to resist the seemingly magnetic pull. We did our best to act
rationally, to behave with honor and dignity. To be selfless. But love is not
needs to be heard, to be felt. Love is a natural disaster.
stories of love. But this story is different. This story spans over two thousand
years. This story began in ancient Rome.
this story, to put aside your beliefs. Something took hold of me, pulled me
along. Was it fate? Destiny? Divine intervention?
What exciting story are you working on
working on a YA fantasy with a teenage girl who tries to heal the heart of the
planet. The underlying theme is love and forgiveness and there are a lot of
areas that I’ve never delved into before—the human heart, the ocean, math and
logic, synesthesia, fractal geometry, Hebrew traditions—so I have a lot of
research to do and a lot of thinking and planning.
When did you first consider yourself a
written a little poetry in college and class papers but I had no desire to “be
a writer” until one afternoon when I was forty-one when Spirit whispered to me
and told me to start writing. I started with a story about a woman who won the
Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes and when a dead body showed up and a
detective followed, I gave up because I knew nothing about murder or mysteries.
Some months later I began a fairy-tale romance and finished it nine months
later. My second novel wrote itself in a month. My third took a couple years.
When my husband and I moved from Portland, OR to Atlanta, GA I decided I wanted
to be a writer and I joined a critique group, My first reading was so traumatic
I vowed never to return, but I did and eventually took over the group. That’s when
I felt my writing career had begun.
If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
wish I could write full-time. Not because I don’t have the time (and most of the
time I don’t), but mostly because I can’t seem to sit still that long. My
logical, perfectionist mind gets in the way. If I have an amazing idea I can
write for an hour, or two at the most, and then I’m done. I have to do
something else. I envy writers who can write for hours at a time.
rest of the time I vacillate between my business as a professional editor and
publisher, helping my husband administratively with his music light business (I
do the bookkeeping), and playing Editor in Chief for the Conscious Life Journal
(an Atlanta-based magazine). All that editing definitely slows down the writing
process. There is no such thing as a first draft. My first draft is like a
fourth or fifth draft because I’m never satisfied. Every time I read what I’ve
written I change something. I’ve also discovered recently that marketing takes
a LOT of time.
What would you say is your interesting
I’m taking a shower or taking a walk are the best times for ideas and scenes
and dialogue to come in, and of course I’m not ready and have this mad dash to
remember what I’m thinking and get to a place where I can write it down.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
astronaut. I had an explorer spirit back then. I loved to travel and I loved
adventure and I could see myself among the stars. When Neil Armstrong stepped
on the moon I wanted to be right alongside him. I couldn’t imagine anything
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
sincerely hope you enjoy reading Bella
Toscana. And if you do read it, please drop me a line. Authors lead lives
of solitude, plying our craft and hoping that we’ve created a story that
entertains, that makes you think, that inspires you. Hearing from a reader is
the most amazing thing. So please reach out. I’d love to hear from you.
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