Interview with Anna Belfrage & Giveaway of A Torch in His Heart

Hello, dear readers! I have a treat for you interview with the fascinating Anna Belfrage, and a giveaway for her latest novel, A Torch in His Heart! Enjoy!

Hello Anna and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about A Torch in His Heart!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your novel, A Torch in His Heart?

A Torch in His Heart is the story of Jason and Helle who first met in a very distant past. Things happen, as they say, and there was no Happily Ever After for them—rather the reverse. But now they’re back—in the here and now—and maybe Jason will at last have the opportunity to make amends and ride off into the sunset with the girl who has haunted him in life after life. Unfortunately, there’s a big, big monkey wrench in the worls: Sam Woolf was also around 3 000 years ago. He ruined their lives then, and he has every intention to do so this time as well…

As to me, I am Swedish, grew up abroad, am crazy about history, books and romantic stories. I grew up in South America, attended English & American schools, and ended up trilingual. I have published fourteen books, nine in The Graham Saga which is a time travel series set in the 17th century (in Scotland and Maryland), four in amedieval series set in the 14th century, and then this my latest, A Torch in His Heart.

Where did you get the inspiration / the idea to write the Wanderer series?

I was sitting on an airplane travelling back from Australia. Yet another business trip, yet another looong sequence of hours on a plane, and the book I was reading was dead boring. So I was sitting there, dozing, when out of nowhere appeared this image of a very young woman, bleeding to death in the arms of the man she loved. And so it began…

What type of research did you do for writing A Torch in His Heart?

Not that much, really. The financial environment Jason and Helle inhabit is familiar to me as that’s where I spend my days. The ancient backstory required some research – perhaps more for the coming books than this first one. And then I had a lot of fun revisiting the old Greek myths I was so fond of when I was younger.

This new Wanderer series, a contemporary romantic suspense, is a break from your Historical Fiction series of books. Why did you fancy a change? Are you planning on trying other genres?

The story of Jason and Helle has been in my head and on my laptop for well over a decade, so in many ways this story precedes some of my historicals. I read a lot of romantic suspense, and I am also a bit of a sucker for books with a paranormal angle, so writing The Wanderer series was very much a self-indulgence. I intend to continue writing the odd contemporary romantic suspense, but at present I’m happy to stick with the genres I am presently writing 😊

Time-slips are a feature in your Graham Saga, and now the Wanderer Series. What about time-slips fascinate you so?

Well, seeing as I’ve been a history nerd since I was old enough to read, I guess my fascination with time-slip is based on my ardent desire to be able to travel back and really experience the past. Mind you, not forever, just for some days or so.

If you ever found yourself slipping back in time, what time period would you like to travel to?

Anytime between 1250 and 1342. I’d prefer to avoid the Black Death… And if that first option isn’t possible, I’d rather like landing in the 1660s

What was your favorite scene to write?

I liked writing the scene where Jason and Helle meet. And then there’s a scene involving Jason, Helle and the kitchen counter that I had a lot of fun with.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

It would be a bit of a spoiler to reveal that… In general, I struggled with the scenes where Sam intimidates Helle. They had me feeling very flustered.

Can you explain to us a bit about your writing process or your daily writing habits?

I steal my writing time. I have a full-time demanding job as the CFO of a 3 billion USD business, so for me it’s a luxury to step into my writing bubble. Usually, I spend a substantial chunk of my weekend writing. My inspirational muse tends to go into active mode at the most inopportune moments, but I’ve learnt to handle that, even if there are difficulties in maintaining concentration on a financial presentation when my head is alive with the images of people loving each other. But hey, what would life be without some challenges, right?

What are three things people may not know about you?

1. I am addicted to peanut butter. I only allow myself one teaspoon per day (okay, a very loaded teaspoon)
2. I walk on average 10 miles a day
3. I have a thing about boots. IMO, one cannot have too many boots. Hubby and my wardrobe space disagree…

What genre do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

I read all sorts – but I have a soft spot for well-written romance.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Spend time with hubby, watch sappy movies and cook. And walk. See item 2 about unknwon facts

Lastly, what are you working on now?

I have four WIPs. One is a time-slip, two are “straight” historicals, and one is a romantic suspense with a dash of paranormal.

Wow! You are one busy writer! Which is good news for us Anna fans :) Thanks so much for spending time with us today!

A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback 514 Pages

Series: The Wanderer, Book One
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal

In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died.

Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end.

Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognises him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.

Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website,, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, October 10
Review at Oh, October

Thursday, October 11
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 12
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, October 15
Review at A Holland Reads

Friday, October 19
Feature at A Bookaholic Swede

Sunday, October 21
Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All

Tuesday, October 23
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, October 25
Review at Donna Louise

Friday, October 26
Review at Broken Teepee

Monday, October 29
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 31
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 2
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 7
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, November 12
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, November 16
Review at The Book Mind


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of A Torch in His Heart! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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