About The Season
Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn't fit into the world of Regency London — she's strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.
Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It's a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex's heart be stolen in the process?
Romance and danger fill the air, as this year's Season begins!
About the Author
Sarah MacLean is the author of THE SEASON, a YA novel coming in March 2009 from Scholastic. She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently working on a series of regency-set romances to be released in 2010 from Avon/HarperCollins.
On to the Interview!
Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?
Sarah: The carriage scene . . . which didn't actually exist until the second draft of the book. . . . Now, of course, I can't imagine that scene NOT existing . . . probably because I had so much fun with it!
Me: What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?
Sarah: I actually have three adult romances coming from Avon/HarperCollins next year...the first one is due to my editor in April...so I can tell you about that one! It's a Regency-set romance...the heroine is a 27-year-old spinster who has spent her whole life dreaming of adventure and romance...and finally decides to take matters into her own hands. She makes a list of the 9 things she would do if she didn't have to face society...or the consequences. And then she does them. Oh, and there's a dreamy rake in there, too.
Me: Sounds exciting! Finally, who is your writing hero and why?
Sarah: It's probably no surprise that it's Jane Austen. Her voice is amazing...her ability to write sentences as an omniscient narrator that also sound like they're coming from from the mind of the character. She knows her characters so well, she can speak as author and subject all at the same time. It's completely incredible.
Nope! No surprise there!
You can visit Sarah at her home on the web: http://www.macleanspace.com/
And . . . The Season is officially on sale. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Sarah-MacLean/dp/0545048869/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230416170&sr=1-1
And in stores! I saw it in the Greenville Barnes and Noble!
Sarah will be chatting with Sydney Salter tomorrow at: http://www.mybignose.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much for stopping by, Sarah!