Interview with Irina Shapiro


Welcome, Irina, tell us a little about yourself that is not in your author bio.


The best way to get me to do something is to tell me that I can’t.  It’s like waving a red flag in front of a charging bull.  That gets me into trouble sometimes, but it also helps me broaden my horizons.  I wound up going parasailing to prove that I wasn’t scared despite being terrified of heights.  I did manage to open my eyes while I was up there and it was beautiful.

Someone also told me that I couldn’t possibly write a book.  So far I’ve written seven.  I hope no one dares me to sing.  That could have tragic consequences for all involved.

That is really funny! It’s strange what motivates some of us. When did you make the decision that you wanted to be a writer?

 To be a writer was a childhood dream, but I never actually tried to pursue it.  I won an award for a story I wrote in High School and then didn’t write anything until I was thirty-six.

Tell our followers how you came up with the ideas for your novels.

The ideas just pop into my head.  The idea for my Hands of Time Trilogy came about as I drove to the supermarket and heard a Katy Perry song.  She kept repeating, “in another life,” and I thought, “Hmm, what would I do if I found myself in another life?”

Once the idea for a story has formed, does it take a lot of research?

 I’m actually a treasure trove of historical information, so I mostly verify my facts, not so much research them.

Irina, you mentioned that you have written seven books.  Do you have a favorite?

 My favorite novel is The Hands of Time.

 What about “The Hands of Time” that makes it your favorite piece of work?

 I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of time travel, so it was fun to explore what it would be like to find myself in a different century without actually leaving home.

Is this a single novel, or is there a sequel?

 I’ve just finished the third book in the Hands of Time Trilogy. It’s with my editor right now.

Will you share with us what you are currently working on?

I’m thinking of the next book.  I have some ideas, but I still need to develop them.

Thank you for sharing with us. I am looking forward to reading your Hands of Time Trilogy.  Will you leave our readers with an excerpt from your story before you go to the next stop on your blog tour?



By Irina Shapiro

Several canvases were stacked against the wall of the studio covered with dust sheets.  Louisa pulled off the sheet of the one closest to her, and her heart nearly stopped in her chest.  Looking straight at her was Valerie, dressed in an elaborate gown, her dark curls piled high on her head and secured by pearl-studded pins, a large sapphire glittering at her throat.   The woman didn’t look modern, but there was no doubt in Louisa’s mind that she was looking at a portrait of her sister.  She closed her eyes, took a couple of deep breaths, and opened them again.  She was still there, smiling serenely, looking exactly as she had when she was alive.  Lou had come to accept that Valerie was dead, but now she wasn’t so sure.  Could it be possible that she had dressed in this gown and posed for a modern painter?  She went to the door and called for Billie to come into the storage room.

“Do we have names to go with these portraits?”  She tried to sound casual, but her heart was leaping out of her chest and her hands were shaking badly.  Billie consulted the list in her hand and read off:

“Mrs. Valerie Crane Whitfield, 1608, Oil on Canvas.”

Louisa felt the world tilt around her as she slid to the floor, welcoming the darkness that enveloped her.

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Tour Schedule:

 4th Lightning Book Promotion Blog
5th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery
6th Jackie @ Writing for Readers in a .com world
7th Bette @ 4writersandreaders
8th Andi @ Radiant Light
9th Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!
10th Drennan @ Speaking of Books
11th Susan @ My Cozie Corner
12th Cara @ Peace, Love, Books
13th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kimshursen
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 22:03:11

    What a great interview – lots of insight from this author!


  2. Micki Peluso
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 02:50:55

    Wonderful interview!! I absolutely love time travel so I know I would enjoy this series and the excerpt clinched it!! Thanks, Jackie and happy sales, Irina!!


  3. jackieanton
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 23:27:28

    Thanks for stopping by today, Irina! Good luck with the rest of your tour. Hope it results in a bump in sales.


  4. Irina
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 00:50:49

    Thank you everyone. I’m glad you enjoyed the invterview. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the books as well.


  5. LBPromotions (@LightningBP)
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 15:55:33

    Thanks for posting.


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