Danielle Ryan discusses her new book where the online and real worlds collide.
1. Tell us more about Lost and Found?
Lost and Found tells the story of Melissa and Riccardo (AKA Leon de Rouc). After breaking her boyfriend’s beloved iPad, she replaces it with another she buys at an auction. On the iPad she discovers beautiful photographs that she falls in love with. She’s desperate to find out who the previous owner of the iPad is and who had taken the photographs that have come to mean so much to her. She manages to track down the owner (Leon de Rouc) and they start chatting online. They become more and more dependent on these conversations and they must decide whether to continue to let real life collide with their online world.
The idea to make the characters fall in love through images came to me after seeing a photograph of a wave in Zumaia, Spain. All the photographs mentioned in the book can be found at the Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/leonderouc
2. Where did you get the inspiration for the novel?
The plot of this novel comes from a real story. A friend of mine bought an iPad at an auction and found the former owner’s photos saved on it. They became friends.
3. Did you do any specific research for the book?
I surfed the internet looking a lot of particular photos that inspired me. In particular I was interested in beautiful landscapes, the sea and waves.
4. Was there a particular part of the novel that was really difficult to write for you?
All the parts from the male point of view were difficult for me to write, as I tend to think as a woman.
5. Do you see yourself in any of the characters in your novel?
Melissa is quite similar to me, even if I’m not as strong and determined as her.
6. Do you have a set daily writing routine?
I usually write when my children are at school, in the morning, or when they are in bed at night. I write as soon as I have free time. For me, writing is a necessity.
7. What is a great book you’ve read recently that you would recommend to others?
I have just finished reading The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas – a romance that tells the story of ex-SAS sniper, Jake Sharp and heiress Camille Logan. Jake is now working for Camille, protecting her as her bodyguard but is torn between his work and his feelings for her. I enjoyed it very much.
8. What message do you want readers to take away from your novel?
Love can solve everything and always wins.
9. When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
Writing was a way to reorder parts of my life that I couldn’t control anymore. It was a sort of therapy.
10. Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
I hope I will continue to have new ideas and new stories to share with my readers.
Can true love prevail when the real and online worlds collide?
Melissa Riva works in Milan as a university researcher. After buying an iPad at auction, she finds it contains files belonging to its previous owner. Fascinated by the beautiful photographs of romantic landscapes and views of the city, she starts her search for the previous owner. Locating him through Facebook, Melissa can’t resist contacting him.
Melissa and Riccardo begin chatting online. Both of them becoming increasingly dependent on this strange relationship, though acutely aware that it’s only likely to remain a virtual one.
But when real life bursts in on their digital world, they can’t resist revealing their true feelings…
Danielle Ryan was born in Como, Italy and has a degree in both Economics and Communication Sciences. She writes with a passion and devotes every free minute of her day to her work. Danielle is a bestselling author in Italy.