Last Wednesday, April 9th, Executive Editor Lori Bizzoco met up with Mob Wives star Renee Graziano at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca to discuss her new book Playing with Fire. Describing the novel as “loosely based” on her own life, she explains that she has stacks of notebooks about Reign Grazi, the character who she’s developed since she was young.

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Of the hero in her book, the author says, “I’ve been searching for this man all of my life.” However, she now knows he doesn’t exist. “But I exist; I’m the hero. I definitely saved myself. I found my hero; now, I’m just looking for a man of his word who’s close to God, has a good heart, loves his family, and wants to build with me.”

Of her current relationship status, the reality star says she’s “very much single.” As for whether or not her future partner must be Italian, she says, “Not saying that I wouldn’t, but after my past experiences, I pretty much got turned off to my nationality. The Italian men that I was around didn’t work for me anymore.”

Fans may be surprised to hear that she has a great relationship with her father Anthony Graziano. “We made up over two years ago, and our relationship is amazing.” However, they don’t discuss anything to do with Mob Wives, and he’ll never read Playing with Fire. “But he’s my dad — he’s my hero.”

Of course, we had to ask the reality star about her hit show Mob Wives. When discussing the ups-and-downs of season four, she explains, “I think there was a lot of tension because the new girls felt they had to prove themselves. They’re not New Yorkers, and they’re not of direct descent of that underworld.”

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While Mob Wives has been renewed for season five, Graziano remains mum about whether she’ll be returning to the VH1 series again. There are rumblings of a spin-off show, which she says is “absolutely” a possibility. “I hope it does happen for me,” she shares. “The second I know, everybody else will know! Trust me — that will not be something I’m able to hold in.”

Check out Playing with Fire on Amazon or at your local bookstore. To keep up with Graziano, follow her on Twitter @reneegraziano.