We're excited to welcome Theresa Rizzo to Reading Lark today to discuss her novel, The Lives Between Us.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: I love this cover! How do you feel like it links with the story?
Theresa: Andrea, so glad you like the cover! It took me a month of searching images for something that might work.
Most of the story takes place over a Michigan winter, so the snow and gray seemed appropriate. Since embryonic stem cells (ESC) are at the heart of the controversy in this book, the snowflakes and orbs reminded me of little souls and the flame represents life, warmth, and hope to me.
Also, I loved that it had two lanterns with all the flakes between them—since it’s people’s morals and beliefs around ESCs that come between characters in the story.
Then, it really appealed to me that the cover is gray, black, and white, since I feel the issue is anything but black and white and mostly gray.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite genre to read?
Theresa: If I had to pick one, I’d say romance. I think love is the glue that holds us all together. But I also enjoy some YA, suspense, and women’s fiction.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: Which of your characters is most like you?
Theresa: Most like me? Yikes, now that would be telling! There’s a lot of me in all the characters. That’s the fun of writing; I get to express all aspects of my personality through different characters.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: If you were trapped on a deserted island with only three books/novels, which ones would you choose?
Theresa: A survival manual? Or is my island decked out like a luxury resort? If so, I’d probably pick a couple of favorite romances—maybe Lisa Kleypas’s contemporary works and Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Kristan Higgins—to keep it light, and then a spiritual non-fiction book to remind me to keep the faith and that God loves me and has a greater plan in mind for me.
Andrea @ Reading Lark: It's a tradition to ask - What's your favorite bird?
Theresa: Who would have thought this would be such a tough question for me? I love the pretty yellow finches, but I’d have to pick a Jenny wren because it has such a sweet song and I have such fond memories of my grandma and I watching the nest in her backyard.
About Theresa Rizzo
Theresa Rizzo is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials.
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.
Theresa's debut book, He Belongs to Me, won the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for romance and the 2014 Readers Crown Award for Mainstream Women’s Fiction and was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards.
Find Theresa on the web at www.theresarizzo.com, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
How far would you go to save the one you love?
Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.
Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.
Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.
Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?
We have one eBook copy of The Lives Between Us to give away to our readers. This giveaway is open internationally as long as you can receive eBooks. You must be 18+ years of age to win. Reading Lark is not responsible for prize delivery; the author will be sending out the book.
The giveaway runs from July 9-16. Winner will be notified via email on July 17.