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Good morning Susanna and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!
Good morning. Thanks so much for inviting me.
SUSANNA: Well, I’ve worked as the curator of a rural museum village and as a waitress, and enjoyed both. I’ve written stories ever since I can remember, but I didn’t manage to finish a novel until I was 25. I found a publisher for that novel two years later, and in the same year won a British literary prize for the unpublished manuscript of MARIANA, and I’ve been happily writing (and finishing) novels ever since. So far I’ve written ten of them, and am just now finishing the first draft of the eleventh. I’m Canadian, and I live with my family in my husband’s hometown on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
SUSANNA: I have a few favorite characters in this book, but one of the people I grew fondest of would have to be Tom, the heroine’s brother. Tom’s a vicar—an Anglican priest—and is in the story right from the first page. I loved his wicked sense of humor and his unfailing optimism and the loving banter that developed, back and forth, between him and Julia whenever they were in a scene together. I was always very close to my own older sister, and the way that Tom and Julia interacted reminded me very much of that. So often in books the main characters’ families are either nonexistent or dysfunctional, and it was nice to be able to show a more positive sibling relationship. I really enjoyed having Tom in the book—so much so that I used him again in a later, unrelated book, when I needed a vicar to make a cameo appearance in that story (Every Secret Thing).
MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of these characters is?
SUSANNA: I think—I hope—that it’s the fact they’re the sort of people many of us would like to sit and chat with in the pub, or over the back fence. With the possible exception of Geoff, who is rich and good-looking, most of the characters are just ordinary, likeable people who want the same things we all want: to be loved, to be safe, to belong. We can all understand how that feels.
MBA&M: Why do you enjoy writing historicals?
SUSANNA: I’ve always loved history. My mother used to read us Greek and Roman myths at bedtime, and from those I graduated to the tales of knights and kings and queens. Combine that with the fact that we were always busy tracking down our ancestors and working on our family’s genealogy, and history was a thing that came alive for me quite easily, and captured my imagination early on. That’s why I went into museum work, initially, because it kept me constantly connected with the past, and writing historical fiction is one more extension of that, I suppose. It’s a way I can try to explore and make sense of the places and people and things that are gone, but whose shadows still touch our own time.
MBA&M: If you could be a character in any of your books who would it be and why?
SUSANNA: Actually, I’d probably have to say Julia, in MARIANA. She has a job she loves doing, and one she can do from wherever she happens to be. She has good friends around her, a brother and parents who love and support her, and a house that’s all her own, within walking distance of the local pub. That sounds, to me, like a pretty good life.
MBA&M: What is in your “To Read” pile?
SUSANNA: Oh, I have too many to count, at the moment! But the three sitting right at the top of the pile are: Tryst by Elswyth Thane, The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton, and Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
SUSANNA: Hopefully MARIANA should be fairly easy to find at your local bookstore, but it’s also available in print or as an ebook from all the major online retailers. As for myself, you can find me at my website, www.susannakearsley.com, or blogging with my friends and fellow authors at The Heroine Addicts (www.theheroineaddicts.blogspot.com), and on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Susanna-Kearsley/1712098844) and Twitter, where I’m @SusannaKearsley (https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=SusannaKearsley)
Susanna, do you have anything else to add?
SUSANNA: Only that I’m very honored to have been a guest here. Thank you all so much for having me.
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