Wednesday, October 23, 2019


In The House by the Cypress Trees, Julia Ramos, in Italy to find her birth mother, rescues a dog, is nearly run over by a handsome Brit, and gets evicted from her rental apartment. Not a perfect trip.

Daniel Stafford wants to visit his family in Tuscany—after his girlfriend dumps him for their Italian driver, he botches a work presentation in Rome, and an assertive American falls in front of his car.

When their two disastrous lives collide, they end up sleeping on the side of the road. Falling in love with Italy—and each other—is the least of their concerns.

From the Author ~ 
Some Q & A with Elena ~ 
Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

My novels are all about love. WRAPPED IN THE STARS is about love that lasts forever. Two lovers, Mark and Rebecca, got separated in the early 20th century, but their love remained behind, it didn’t die. Part of their love stayed in the ring that Mark gave to Rebecca. So, when this ring is found years later, another couple picks up the energy from Mark and Rebecca’s love and fall in love.
In THE HOUSE BY THE CYPRESS TREES, I explore romantic love. That wild feeling of new love when you first fall for someone and you want to spend every moment with them and you will do anything for them.
In ALL THE SILENT VOICES, I explore the depth of love between a husband and wife and what challenges a good marriage can withstand. How far will a wife go for her husband and how far will a husband go for his wife?
Finally, in the novel I am working on right now, CITY OF GLASS, the focus is on sibling love. A sister sacrifices everything to save her brother.

Where do you get your ideas?

From travel, stories in the news, and my imagination

Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your writing or decision to write?

There have been multiple: Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley, Sara Gruen are some of the top ones.

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

Yes, I am a full-time pediatric psychologist.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences?

My family’s trip to Italy was a huge inspiration for The House by the Cypress Trees. The episode in the first chapter, where Julia rescues a dog was inspired by the real-life experience we had in Rome. We didn’t rescue the dog, but wished we did. Many experiences Julia has in Italy really happened to us on our vacation.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

In The House by the Cypress Trees, my favorite chapter and the one I think is the most romantic is when Julia is standing on the balcony and Daniel quotes Shakespeare to her as he approaches. I fell in love with my own fictional character as I wrote that. Also, I love the chapter when they are sleeping in the car on the side of the road and play a get-to-know you game.

Places you’d like to travel?

I’m dying to go to New Zealand.

Favorite band of music.

Coldplay. I listen to it all the time.

Favorite book or movie?

My most favorite book is One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. 

Elena Mikalsen is a women’s fiction author who is somewhat obsessive about travel and telling stories about love and amazing travel locations. When she is at home, in San Antonio, she can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with her family.

She is hopelessly devoted to her two rescue dogs, Cookie and Vanilla, who was present by her feet during the entire process of the writing of this novel. When not writing stories, she is a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illnesses. She blogs on issues of mental health for teens and adults. 
Her debut novel, Wrapped in the Stars, won the 1st place Chatelaine award for the best Historical Romantic Fiction of 2018. 

Please explore Elena Mikalsen’s other novels, Wrapped in the Stars (2018), available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other online retailers, and an upcoming All the Silent Voices (2020). 
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