February 16th, 2009


Today begins a series where I'll be interviewing debut authors and highlighting their books as they release. I'm privileged to begin with one of the most anticipated debut books in the YA genre: THE SEASON.

Book: The Season
Author: Sarah MacLean - sarah@macleanspace.com
Release: February 1, 2009

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 Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is the author of THE SEASON, a YA novel coming in February 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.

And my interview with Sarah:

ME: What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

SARAH: Everything competes... I'm a horrible procrastinator. HORRIBLE. And so...day job, husband, dog, cleaning, The West Wing, the internet, other books, EVERYTHING competes. I'm lucky that my husband is an excellent task-master. So he's always willing to say "Sarah. The West Wing exists because someone sat down and wrote it you should try that!" I think he gets bored with saying it...but he does it anyway. Which is why I love him.

ME: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

SARAH: I'm a serious outliner. My outlines run 40-50 pages, so I usually know exactly where I am and where I need to go. You'd think this would make things easier for me...that I never get stuck in the weeds. You'd be very very wrong.

The characters I develop less. They're more like sketches that get colored in along the way. This is good and bad. Sometimes my editors yell. :)

ME: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

SARAH: No one who reads my books has ever been to Regency England (at least, I don't think they have...and if they HAVE...I want them to call me ASAP and fess up), so I get to develop a world that is rich and colorful and broad and sweeping and actually introduce people to a part of history that I have always loved. Also, because it's fiction, I don't have to address things like chamber pots and bathing in any substantive way, so I can avoid the smelly realities.

ME: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

SARAH: My favorite character in The Season is Freddie Stanhope. I like to think a young, British Owen Wilson would have done him justice. Of course, Owen Wilson is neither young, nor British, so thank goodness for casting directors.

ME: Thanks Sarah! I know everyone is going to enjoy diving into this delicious read!

Additional Details

Author Web site: http://www.macleanspace.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Sarah-MacLean/dp/0545048869/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230416170&sr=1-1

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