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Blog Tour: Sarah MacLean and THE SEASON

It's blog tour time! Today, please welcome Sarah MacLean, author of the YA historical novel THE SEASON, a story of romance and mystery, which started showing up in stores earlier this month.

About the book:

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?

An Interview with Sarah MacLean:

Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Sarah: When I was a teenager, I had already fallen in love with historical fiction. I read any and everything I could get my hands on that was set in a time other than the early 90s. But I got bored fast with books. If they spent too much time ramping you up into a story, I was done. If it took too long to understand what was happening, I was done.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Sarah: I'm still super easy to bore. I have really simple tastes. I like books that dump me into the story.... that introduce me to the characters by sending them into some odd situation. Exposition is for suckers. :)

Me: What was your favorite part of writing THE SEASON, and what was the hardest?
Sarah: I loved every minute of writing THE SEASON. Honestly. It was definitely one of the most fun things I've ever done. Meeting these characters, spending time with them, enjoying them, it was all so fun. It wasn't so fun being on deadline. As for the hardest part? Letting it go. It's not so fun waiting for reviews and reader response--knowing that there's nothing I can do now to change the book, to make people like it more. But I try to keep the fun parts top of mind... or else I'd never write another thing again. :)

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Sarah: Absolutely. I think it's hard not to draw on those things. My mom is British... and very focused on manners and traditions, so I suppose it was inevitable that I would write a book that was so tied up in those things. London is my favorite city in the world, so that was a logical setting... but I think more than anything, Alex, Ella and Vivi are the things that are the most connected to my real life. Those girls are my girls... they do and say things that my best friends do and say... they have personalities that echo the personalities of the women in my life... which is probably why I love them so much.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Sarah: Most exciting was holding the finished book in my hand. That's pretty awesome. It's hard to really wrap your head around "Wow. I wrote this. This is mine." Scariest? Knowing that strangers are reading your book. And judging it. Sometimes harshly. Ow. Enough to make you hide under your covers for days.

Me: What are you working on now?
Sarah: Right now I'm about 3/4 of the way through my first adult Regency romance, which is due to my editor on April 1. I'm in that funny place where, when I'm writing, I feel like I can finish it on time, and when I'm not writing, I'm pretty much freaking out about not finishing it on time. In fact, I really should be writing now. :)

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Sarah! More interviews to come later this week. :)


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for having me, Megan! And you've got your Lizzie Bennett icon and everything! Awesome!
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The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
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