Q & A with Bella Andre, author of The Look Of Love

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Welcome Bella Andre

Having sold more than 1.5 million booksNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre’s novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series will be released in paperback in a major global English language launch in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia in continuous back-to-back releases from June 2013 through April 2014.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into nine languages, and her Sullivan books are already Top 20 bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in 2012 on her self-publishing success.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.*

My review of The Look of Love, Bella Andre’s first book in her Sullivan series, can be read HERE , in the meantime read on to learn more about this bestselling author…

Q: Your success in self-publishing has been extraordinary. Could you tell us a bit about your publishing journey and how you ended up pursuing self-publishing?

Bella: Thank you! It’s been a very exciting journey. When I first began to self-publish in the middle of 2010, ebooks and digital readers were still fairly new. I was excited about the opportunity to write the books my readers had been asking for – and as soon as I self-published my first book, I was stunned by how much fun the process was. I had always wanted to write a big series of connected books about a family, so I decided in the summer of2011 to launch my Sullivan series with 8 books about the San Francisco based family, The response from contemporary romance readers for these sexy, emotional stories blew my mind.

Once my Sullivan series took off in a huge way and sold more than a million copies as self-published ebooks – because of my awesome fans around the world! – I was thrilled to have the chance to work with Harlequin on the print launch of the Sullivans, starting with THE LOOK OF LOVE, FROM THIS MOMENT ON and CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE this summer.

Q: What do you think are the secrets to your success?

Bella: First and foremost, I have the best fans in the world! In fact, one of my readers just sent me a tweet to let me know that she gave the first 8 Sullivan books to her daughter, who is a new mother herself, for Mother’s Day. Isn’t that lovely?

Another one of my “secrets” is that I absolutely love writing and working on my new book. While I also really enjoy running my publishing business, I simply can’t get enough of laughing and crying at the keyboard with the heroes and heroines in my Sullivan books. I’ve spent the past two years with them and I hope to keep writing about Sullivans for years to come.

Q: What do you do when you are not working?

Bella: I love to hike with my husband and kids. We live in the wine country of Northern California and I never tire of walkingthrough the local vineyards each season. Right now at the start of summer the vines are blooming like crazy. Of course I had to set THE LOOK OF LOVE at Marcus Sullivan’s Napa Valley winery so that I could share the beauty of this area with my readers! I’m also a big fan of eating great food, swimming, traveling, and reading as many books as I can possibly squeeze in!

Q: Which character in the Sullivan’s family have you enjoyed creating the most and why?

Bella: All of them! Honestly, I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite, but if I absolutely had to, I’d pick Mary Sullivan, because she raised eight exceptional children. She is a part of each of the eight books and I’m very excited about going into the past to tell her love story with their father, Jack Sullivan, in KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE, which will be out in time for the holidays this year!

Here are some reasons I love the heroes of my first three Sullivan books. Chase from THE LOOK OF LOVE is so loving and supportive. Right from the moment he meets Chloe, he’s there forher. Marcus from FROM THIS MOMENT ON is not only incredibly sexy, but he has taken care of his seven siblings and mother since he was fourteen years old. Gabe from CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE bravely runs into burning buildings tosave strangers every day and when he saves Megan and her daughter from an apartment fire, he can’t get them out of his head.

Find Bella Andre at

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@HarlequinAU I @HarlequinUS I @AmazonUS

* Quoted from the author’s website

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Book Blather
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 19:35:27

    Great interview! 🙂

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