Nurse Rosaria is one of my favorite minor characters in How To Climb The Eiffel Tower. It’s a gift when a minor character is so vivid in my mind. When I was writing the first draft of the novel, Rosaria literally walked out of the gloom in a particularly dark scene. When I saw her in my head, she was wearing the crisp white dress uniform and pert little cap that nurses wore mid-twentieth century and conveyed the efficiently thorough care Rosaria gives her patients. Unfortunately, nurses don’t wear those uniforms anymore. She still wears whites under her navy cardigan, but it is not quite the same.
Rosaria is an interesting lady. She was called to oncology nursing as a reaction to the atrocities she witnessed during the war as a child in Guatemala. Girls poured out of the jungle, beaten and crazed, in need of food and shelter. The girls motivated Rosaria’s sister to become a nun. Rosaria devoted her life to helping women in crisis. When she meets Lara Blaine, the main character in How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, she recognized the same tortured look in her eyes that she saw in the girls stumbling out of the jungle. She sees Lara and accepts her as she is. Rosaria is a minor character in the novel, yet she plays an integral role.
The cover for How To Climb The Eiffel Tower will be officially revealed on May 1, 2014
I’m so excited, that I am giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of the book along with a small Eiffel Tower charm (you’ll understand why once you read the book). Visit my Facebook author page or clink on the link to enter now – Cover Reveal Giveaway