Which city has surprised you the most?
Venice, Italy. When I first visited, I expected it to be so sublimely romantic – and it is. But Venice is a city of two faces: that which the tourists flock to admire, and beneath the mask, a darker side, concealed in what Erica Jong called “the city of mirrors, the city of mirages”. This was one of the inspirations for my novel The Echoes of Love.
What are your top five favourite countries and why?
Italy, Spain, Greece, France and Egypt, all Mediterranean countries with a wonderful old history and culture, stunning architecture, varied countryside and delicious food. The sunny weather renders the people happy, exuberant and hospitable, traits that are reflected in their way of life and in their customs and festivals.
Where is your ultimate destination in which to stay?
On the isle of Paxos, in the Ionian Sea, Studio Superior is a little gem huddled away among wild-fig and lemon trees. Although in a domaine of villas, Studio Superior stands on its own in a small garden, with the sea only a few steps below, and looks onto the port of Gaios shimmering in the distance.
Where will your next novel be set?
After Aphrodite’s Tears, my next novel is set in two of my favourite countries, France and Italy, transporting readers to the Côte d’Azur and to Lake Como. It is, as you would expect of these passionate countries, a concerto of romance and sensation.
Hannah Fielding’s new novel Aphrodite’s Tears is out now, hardback £15.99