The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Ilona Fridl...

1.              What kind of music do you like?

I love most music; pop, rock, classical, big band, etc. The only two types I'm not real fond of is progressive jazz and country.

2.              Describe your dream home…

Somewhere in the forest wilderness, a log house with huge windows looking out over a stream. It would have a deck surrounded with large trees and a section for a campfire. Inside would be a large fireplace with bookshelves on either side, with overstuffed couch and chairs in front of it. The bedrooms and bath would be in a loft with a balcony. The kitchen would be roomy with lots of counter space. *sigh*

3.              Favorite literary hero & heroine?

This may sound odd, but I liked Jo March and Laurie Lawrence of “Little Women.” The first time I read it, I thought they were the perfect couple and I was furious with Jo for turning him down. I've read it many times since, and loved it, but I think Jo should have accepted Laurie's proposal.

4.              What are you reading now?

“On The Wrong Track” by Steve Hockensmith. It's a comic western about a pair of cowboys who fancy themselves as Holmes and Watson.

5.              What did you do on your last birthday?

My husband cooked dinner and afterward we had a quiet evening.

6.              What comes first, plot or characters?

With me, it's a little of both. I find a time and place that I'm interested in and start research. I look to see what was happening and come up with a plot and characters to inhabit it.

7.              Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes, I do. That's the time to get away for awhile. Sometimes a plot isn't working out the way I want it to, so I try different scenes in my head until the right one comes to me.

8.              Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

Being housebound with a crippled foot, I'd love to be someone who could get around without a wheelchair, like I used to be. But I don't really want to dwell on it. I can get around with my computer, so I'm not entirely caged. My mind is still free.

9.              Tell us about your latest book?

I veered from standard romance and into woman's fiction this time. This is actually the first manuscript I wrote. “Iris Rainbow” was inspired by the song “Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues. When I heard it, I thought it would make a hell of a story. Also, I had been reading of lovers who were torn apart at a young age and met again later in life after raising a family and losing their spouses through death or divorce. Many of them fell in love again.

10.           What’s next for you?

Right now, I'm working on a western set in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1883.

Thank you for hosting me, Rachel!

Blurb: 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?


Comments?? Questions??


  1. I love that title...and I loved the 60s, too. :-)

  2. Hi Liz!

    Ilona has just emailed me - she is having trouble commenting but will be back asap! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Rachel x

  3. It was great getting to know you more, Ilona! We have the exact same taste in music. And Jo and Teddy from "Little Women" are my favorite literary hero and heroine, too. Congratulations of your release!! It sounds like a story I'd love. :) I wish you much success!

    And thank you, Rachel, for bringing us this interview. :)

  4. Thanks for the post - it's always fun to learn more about other authors. Thanks also for mentioning "On the Wrong Track" because it sounds like a hoot of a read!