Hi, Ilona, so glad to have you here today. Tell us a little about Iris Rainbow.
The story is set in California and takes in a thirty year span. It shows the darker side of the 60s rock and drug scene and how two people eventually overcame their crucibles.
Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s. As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later. Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?
What inspired this story?
The song “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues. When the song first came out, I thought it would make a hell of a story, so I wrote one. Also, at the same time there were many stories about lovers who were pulled apart at an early age and met years later and fell in love again.
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
My work in progress is a western set in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1883. I decided to try a nineteenth century romance, but it isn’t too far off the times I have been writing about. If I get my tail back to work on it instead of working on promo and marketing, it’ll probably be out next year.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, character, or…?
A little bit of all. I find a time and place that is interesting to me. I like to know what was happening there at the time and weave a story around it. Sometimes I know the type of characters I want to inhabit my world and take it from there.
Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
Zeke and Addy from my Dangerous Times series were my favorites. Since they appeared in all the books I got to know them well. Zeke had anger issues and Addy did too. Through their love they learned to overcome themselves when they had to face down gangsters in 1920s Hollywood. That was Silver Screen Heroes, my first book.
What is your favorite scene from this story and why?
It’s the excerpt I posted here. It’s been thirty years since Teri and Tim were together and they both were very hurt at the separation. Teri’s husband died a year before and Tim was through two failed marriages. The power of emotion at this scene after all they’ve been through always makes me cry.
What do you like to read?
I love all kinds of books; fiction and non. Whatever catches my fancy at the time. I love doing research and finding out facts of times past. This I incorporate into my stories.
Who influenced your decision to become a writer?
Louisa May Allcott and Ray Bradbury are my two favorite writers. Those authors made everything so clear that I was caught up in the stories every time I read them. Reading them again made me feel like I was visiting old friends. I wanted to make people feel like that, too.
These are few of my favorite things:
And now Ilona has a question for you: Has a song ever inspired you? Which one? A free ecopy of Iris Rainbow to one lucky commenter!
And thank you, Babette, for hosting me on your blog!
The crowd was beginning to thin out when they reached Music World. It was fifteen minutes to closing. Marcy and Teri walked into the store and stood behind a group of people. She saw the band at a desk still signing a few autographs. After thirty years, of course, they’ve aged. Roy had white hair, and Luke had aged well, but he had a rugged look. John’s hair was very short and she didn’t recognize him at first. There at the end of the desk sat Tim. Her heart skipped a beat, and those old feelings welled up in her. I haven’t stopped loving him. Just remember how he walked out on you. Outside of short, thinner, gray hair, he was still very handsome. Teri glanced at her own image in the security mirror. She saw a woman with a fairly nice figure and short gray hair with red streaks. In fact, David had given her the nickname of “Rusty” before he died. Teri turned her attention to the band members. John looked up and nudged Tim. She smiled when she noticed they were looking in Marcy’s direction. Her daughter resembled Teri at that age. She walked beside her daughter and put a hand on Marcy’s shoulder. As Teri waved, Tim’s reaction was startling―he jumped up and grabbed Teri in an embrace.
“Teri! Oh, my god! Teri!” he shouted. He turned to the manager. “Can we borrow your office?” The surprised man motioned them in.
Teri’s emotions ran rampant. She wondered if she should open the door she’d shut so long ago. Should she open old wounds? But how wonderful to be held in his arms again. I can’t look him in the eyes or I’ll be lost.
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Ilona Fridl was born in sunny California, but moved to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin in her early twenties. Studied creative writing and journalism in high school and college. Didn’t do much with it for a while, because she never got along with typewriters. Got a computer in the mid nineties and started writing articles and short stories for magazines. Started writing novels and sold her first in 2008. Lives in SE Wisconsin with husband, Mark.
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