Love between two different worlds, two different generations
1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.
I ‘commute’ between Athens, where I live with my daughter, and London, where my boyfriend lives.
2. What’s your favorite part of writing?
When I get a new idea into my head and plot it out, and then ‘divide’ it into chapters.
3. If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?
Well, so far I’ve only published one story…
4. What’s your inspiration for writing The Professor and the Bird?
Ancient history and exotic places combined, where people of all nationalities work together. A chance encounter that develops into everlasting love.
5. From the title, I assume “the Professor” is your hero, Professor Nikos Angelopoulos, and “the Bird” is your heroine, Sally. Why do you use the bird to symbolize her?
“Bird” is a bit of a rough term men use for an attractive girl. Sally is a biker, so it is the sort of term her former boyfriends would have called her, and the young men at the camp do the same. In connection with the Professor in the title, though, people will wonder at first if it is about a biologist…
6. What is one characteristic of your hero that would endear him to the readers?
He is a bit muddle-headed, a sort of absent-minded professor who is totally absorbed in his world of history and archaeology; many women love a man like that.
7. What about your heroine? Why would readers sympathize with her?
Sally is fresh, self-confident and modern, but she is still quite innocent for her age in many ways. She is always optimistic, and she loves without any reservations.
8. What’s up next for you?
I’m currently writing the sequel to “The Professor and the Bird”: during their first holiday together in Crete, Nikos and Sally find the wreck of an ancient ship and get mixed up in a local vendetta…
THE PROFESSOR AND THE BIRD
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Publication Date: September 29, 2016
Professor Nikos Angelopoulos is working with his Greek-Turkish team at a dig in Turkey when one day a young motorcyclist gets stranded: Sally from Ireland, fresh and charming and a bit flirty. Very soon the Professor finds out that, despite her temperament, she’s still very innocent and gullible, and he seems to develop fatherly feelings towards her, protecting her from the clear intentions of the young men at the camp.
Then she just happens to dig up a fragment of clay with an old Assyrian inscription in Hittite on it, and Nikos finds out that this inscription is the oldest one found so far in an Indo-European language. While celebrating their great find, Sally and Nikos discover their feelings for each other despite their age difference – but at the same time, an American millionaire turns up who wants to buy the clay fragment for his collection; and, although Nikos tells him it is a national treasure and not for sale, he won’t take no for an answer. He tries to convince Nikos to sell it to him, and when that plan fails he calls in his gunmen…
Amid their ever-growing passion for each other, Nikos and Sally now have got to face a dangerous and violent gang of artefact thieves together with their brave international team of archaeologists and workers. Who will win the showdown at Kanesh camp – and will this unusual relationship between a scientist of sixty and a young adventuress of not yet thirty stand the test of time?
“True lovers of romance will fall to their knees over this sweet romance that proves love is just a number and when you meet your soul mate you do what ever you have to to be a part of their life.”
– Valerie Frentz, Amazon Reviewer
“Roberta Franklin put her heart and soul into this story and it showcases every single bit of what makes us human, the story that touches your soul and makes you believe in humanity and finding that one true love.”
– Igor Eliseev, Goodreads Reviewer
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About Roberta Franklin
Roberta Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English Literature in Munich, has been living in Greece since 1998. She has worked in various fields – as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent – and during the past years she has been working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages. But her true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been romantic fiction.
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