Q&A with Sarah Maclean, author of "A Scot in the Dark"
Can't wait for our Avon Books 75th Anniversary Event? Check out our Q&A with author Sarah MacLean who will be at the event on Friday, October 28th at 7pm!
1) How did you come to write A Scot in the Dark?
I've always been a romance reader, and so it seems like it was only natural that I would end up writing love stories. This became even more purposeful once I started thinking about the genre's feminist roots and the way it's developed as a space for women -- these books are widely for women, widely about women, widely by women. As a woman in the world, it means so much for me to be a part of the romance world.
2) What are you currently reading?
Sady Doyle's Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear...and Why. My current series of novels plays with the idea that celebrity is not new, that anyone in glossy magazines in 2016 can be set down in the 1830s and fit right in. The same is true of celebrity scandal. Doyle's fun, thoughtful, infuriating analysis of modern and historical "trainwrecks" is a perfect companion to my work.
3) Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal & the White for the strength and purpose and glory of Sugar, his Victorian prostitute turn heroine; Lisa Kleypas's Dreaming of You for the brilliant, beautiful development of her hero, Derek Craven, a man born in the gutter, who rises to be a king of London's darkest corners; and A. Scott Berg's Editor of Genius, his biography of Max Perkins, which I think not only covers one of the most fascinating periods in publishing history, but also is a wonderful meditation on the way the act of writing becomes the product, writing.
4) Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?
Julia Baird's Victoria: The Queen. I'm endlessly fascinated by Queen Victoria, and looking forward to what I think will be a much more personal look at her in Baird's book.
5) What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I'm nearing the end of The Day of the Duchess, the third in my Scandal & Scoundrel series, which I'm affectionally referring to as my "celebrity divorce book." It will be out in the summer of 2017.
New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.
Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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