Sarah 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.
Jane Austen lovers, take heart!
If we can't have any more books from Jane, at least we have Sarah MacLean to help satisfy our craving for similar stories.
THE SEASON is a stellar addition to the genre, with all the rich sensory details of silk gowns, dance partners, and witty banter that one needs in a Regency romance. Add dangerous spies, daring and smart heroines, young love, and an exciting climax in an English country manor … and what more could one ask?
I loved this book, and I'm so thrilled there will be two more in the series, so we can spend more time with Alex, Vivi, and Ella.
Thai food or Chinese?
Thai food. Every Thai dish is different, Basil glass noodles, Pad Thai, Spicy broad noodles, and my favorite, Curry Panang. Chinese kind of grosses me out...well...standard fare, American Chinese food. If we're talking about hot pot or Dim Sum in Chinatown, that's a different story.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
It's hard. Don't give up.
What are you reading right now?
The manuscript for the adult novel I have due on April 1st. But I really wish I was reading Revolutionary Road.
Dogs or cats?
I grew up with a cat...who I loved more than anything in the world. And now I have a dog, who I love more than anything in the world. So...I guess I'm one of those people who loves both.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Much to my husband's dismay, four-star hotel. I grew up in Rhode Island and slept on the beach more times than I can count, but other than that, I don't do nature. Campfires are lovely if they're outside of my house. S'mores are just as yummy if you eat them before getting into a warm, comfy bed.
A baby blue 1989 Hyundai hatchback. My friend Erin and I named him GoPaul. He was the best.
Do you speak a foreign language?
I get by in French and Italian. I also speak a little Icelandic...but I read it much better than I speak it.
Last book you gave as a gift.
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Amazing. Read it now if you never have.
Tell us something weird about you.
The tips of my fingers, all of them, are bent slightly. Some to the left, some to the right. It's weird.
What's your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Thanks for satisfying our curiosity, Sarah!