Monday, January 14, 2019

Interview with Otilia Greco, author of The Lady with the Purple Hat

Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.


Question 1 – How did you come up with the title of your book?
Observing a Lady who wore extravagant hats, she was battling with her demanding attitude that money seemed to her the most important thing in life. In this Novel Daisy finally comes to understand fate and finds solutions to overcome, and estimate human values, such as love, empathy and friendship.
Question 2 – What is your writing environment like?
The environment of writing is drawn from own experiences, travelling and observations. It can be anywhere, at home, in the garden, in a café or train, at the beach or on a mountain hike.
Question 3 – What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
Best tools for writers are real events combined with intensive research on their subjects.
Question 4 – What inspires you to write?
Inspiration to write came by travelling, see and explore, and working abroad. Being interested in people, their way of life, their languages and culture has shown amazing different aspects of characters who greatly determined their lives and sometimes and even recognized their fate.
Question 5 – Did you learn anything while writing this book?
Writing learns to be awake, open to new or unexpected coincidences and events, and realize that quite a bit of research is necessary.
Question 6 – What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Not to have expectations, take facts or faith as they are and try hard to search for the positive.

Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps; was educated in Switzerland, England, and Paris; and is fluent in six languages. She graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and developed an appreciation for history and cultures.

Otilia and her husband worked internationally, lived for several years in California, and now reside in Switzerland. This is her third book.

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