It’s the one year anniversary of the release of Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over. To celebrate, here’s an interview with the spunky, red-haired heroine, Bella Grant.
Q: Traveling the world and creating a weekly travel show sounds like a dream come true. How did you find such a great job?
A: (smiling brightly) It is an amazing opportunity. I’ve been a news reporter, and more recently, an anchor and morning show host, since I graduated from college. I started out in Austin, then I moved to Anaheim, Asheville, and finally Akron. I cracked up when I realized that everywhere I’ve worked starts with A. (laughs) I saw a job posting in a trade magazine and I applied immediately. Now I’m paid to travel around the world and talk about it on television. Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.
Q: And has it been as great as it sounds?
A: Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of work involved. The network office tells us where to go, but then it’s up to us to find the stories there. But yeah, we spend a few days in an exciting city, we stay in luxury hotels, we meet fascinating people… What’s not to love?
Q: By ‘we’ you mean you and Luke.
A: I do. I mean Luke and myself. He’s my production partner. Together, we come up with ideas for the show. In fact, when we were first attached to the show, it didn’t even have a name. We came up with Two Streets Over when we were in Edinburgh working on the first episode.
Q: So Luke is merely your ‘production partner’.
A: (blushing) I suppose there’s more to it than that. (pauses to look out the window) I never envisioned falling in love on the job. I mean, it’s a job, it’s work, you know? But… Luke and I, we were just meant to be. He sees me for who I am. I think he knows me better than I know myself.
Q: Of all the places you’ve traveled for the show, where is your favorite? I asked Luke and he said Mykonos.
A: (smiles fondly) Did he?
Q: He did. He said you’d know why.
A: (nods and looks down) I do. Mykonos is special. (looks back up) But I’m awfully fond of Edinburgh. It’s where I knew I was falling in love.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: (shrugs vaguely) I don’t know. I don’t suppose it’s practical to think we’d still be traveling. Eventually we’ll have to get back to real life. I know that eventually I want to settle down, have a home and a family.
Q: With Luke?
A: (grins) That would be nice.
Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over is available at these fine online retailers.
Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, & Smashwords