Author: Catherine Doyle
Publishing Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Waterstones
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nic Falcone, Sophie finds herself falling into an underworld governed by powerful families. When Sophie’s own family skeletons come to life, she must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break…
Praise for Vendetta:
“Fan-freaking-tastic … I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!”
-VICTORIA SCOTT, author of FIRE & FLOOD
“Readers will most certainly swoon over Sophie and Nic’s ill-fated romance … the tense, page-turning conclusion should entice readers.”
I’d like to welcome Catherine Doyle to Girl meets Books. She’s doing a guest post on the blog and talking about some behind-the-scenes look into writing this novella.
Behind-the-scenes trivia bits about VENDETTA / writing Vendetta
by Catherine Doyle
Vendetta was inspired by classic Mafia movies and my die-hard love of anything to do with romance. I got the idea when I was drifting off the sleep one night and the image of five boys popped into my head. They were doused in shadow and standing side-by-side in front of a crumbling old house, and I knew at once that I wanted to tell their story. I got up, opened my laptop and started writing. Every night for the next 26 nights in a row, I wrote Sophie’s story, until finally, I had a very very rough draft of about 93,000 words. It was a bit all over the place but I loved it fiercely. Since then, it’s gone through about 10,000 rounds of edits (at least that’s what it feels like!) and has shed some scenes and gained new ones.
In order to do this post, I’ve delved back into my earlier drafts and the dustier parts of my brain to find some behind-the-scenes trivia about Vendetta. Here are ten:
- When Vendetta was on submission it was called “Blood for Blood”, which is now the name of the trilogy. We ended up changing it to Valentine Vendetta (because of the significance of Valentine’s night in the story) but decided it was too seasonal for a title so we settled on Vendetta instead. Now I can’t believe it was anything other than what it’s called. However, when it releases in Germany in May, it will be called Valentine Vendetta!
- Sophie is short for Persephone, who, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Zeus and the Harvest goddess. She was lured into the Underworld by Hades, and soon became its queen. So, there are some interesting parallels there…
- The name Gracewell is an ode to my mother, Grace, who was born and grew up in Chicago, which inspired the setting of the novel.
- The atmosphere in the two opening chapters of Vendetta really reminds me of the song Devil Town by Tony Lucca. If you can, try and listen to it as you read it and see if you agree!
- I haven’t definitively fan-cast any of the brothers in Vendetta, but in my head, Sophie has always been Chloe Grace Moretz.
- Like Sophie, I used to work part-time with my best friend (in a movie rental store instead of a diner) for four years. We used to be very unproductive when we had the same shifts, and would often neglect our work to play games and joke around instead.
- In the original draft of Vendetta, the first brother Sophie meets outside the Priestly mansion on that fateful night is Luca, not Nic. In later drafts, it worked a lot better with Nic, so I changed it.
- In the first draft, Sophie meets Nic’s mother, Elena Genovese-Falcone, during an icy stand-off in the diner. Elena is such a formidable character that I decided to save her entrance for book two (and trust me, it’s a good one) rather than try and squeeze her into a story that already had a lot of strong characters at play!
- Valentino used to be the youngest brother, not the oldest one, but because of certain plot points that changed.
- The name game! Originally, Valentino was called Drago, Gino was called Carlo and Felice was called Silvio. Celine, Sophie’s mother, is named after Celine Dion, because she’s Canadian. And I like Celine Dion. J
Bonus random fact: My favourite quote in Vendetta is: “I’m not punching Bambi in the face!”
I think that’s all the behind the scenes trivia I have to offer right now but some time in the next few months I’ll be releasing five bonus scenes, each one written from the POV of one of the five brothers. They offer an interesting glimpse into their past, their family hierarchy and their secret desires.
Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com.
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