Good morning Dora and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

D.L.M: Thanks for inviting me.  I’m excited to spend some time with you.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into Dora Levy Mossanen?

D.L.M: I was born in Israel and moved to Iran when I was nine.  I was forced to leave Iran, when Mohammad Reza Shah abandoned the country and Ayatollah Khomeini returned and established the Islamic Republic.  I settled in California with my two young daughters, struggled to raise my kids and create a home in an entirely unfamiliar culture.  I eventually decided to go back to school, intending to become a journalist.  I had no idea that I’d become a writer one day.  At the encouragement of one of my professor’s, to whom I owe big time, I applied to the USC Masters program in creative writing.  My first novel, Harem, was my thesis for my masters. 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE LAST ROMANOV”?

D.L.M:  I was fascinated by the decadent era of the last Romanovs that ended up
imploding.  I wanted to discover how it was possible for such a powerful Imperial court with such unimaginable wealth to end up so tragically in a cellar in The House of Special Purpose.  The idea to write this book blossomed in 1991, when the burned, acid-drenched bones of the last Romanovs were discovered after seventy-three-years.  I began research and found every detail more intriguing than the other—Grigori Rasputin, the enigmatic wanderer, Alexei Nikolaevich, the hemophilic heir, Alexandra Feodorovna, the recluse Tsarina, who was disliked by the Russians and who believed in her husband’s “divine right to rule,” the indecisive Tsar Nicholas II, who was never comfortable in the role of the Tsar of all the Russias and who followed his wife’s advice to the detriment of the throne.  I could go on and on, but a paragraph or two won’t do justice to an era that changed the political landscape of the time and affected each and every one of us in different ways.  I hope I’ve succeeded to bring this to life in The Last Romanov.

MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

D.L.M:  Ah!  Love this question.  Right now, as I’m typing, I’m sitting in my big comfortable chair, my legs propped up on an ottoman, laptop on lap while enjoying my number one comfort food.  Chocolate!  It’s melting in my mouth, sweet and creamy, coating my tongue, seeping into my brain, telling me all is well in the world.  Sometimes, when my mood needs an extra lift, I’d drive to my neighborhood bakery to enjoy a warm brioche straight out of the oven, slathered with butter and nutella.  And late in the evenings, when my stomach has long forgotten dinner and is growling for extra comfort, creamy almond butter straight out of the jar does the trick.  Calories be damn!

MBA&M: What where some challenges in writing “THE LAST ROMANOV “?

D.L.M:  There were many challenges along the way.  For one, it wasn’t easy to draw a coherent understanding of the constantly shifting political situation and series of revolutions that culminated in the fall of the Romanovs and rise of the Bolsheviks.  But my greatest challenge came, when I had developed empathy, even love toward my charges.  I am a Jewish writer; my father fought in the Israel War of Independence, my grandfather was a historian who wrote: The Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran, yet here I was writing about the anti-Semite Romanovs.  But I’m also a novelist and am aware of the power of imagination to penetrate history.  So, I set to work.  I invited my own emissary, the Jewish artist, Avram Bensheimer, to the artists’ salon in Alexander Palace.  He became far more radical and vocal than I had expected.  A passionate spokesman for his people.  I can’t thank him enough.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “THE LAST ROMANOV”? Why?

DLM:  My favorite character, I’d say, is the opal-eyed Darya.  I respect and admire her for her courage and tenacity.  Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she faced, she never gave up, did not lose hope or rest in her search for her beloved Alexei.  The Creator of Miniatures, among some other favorites, is also a much-loved character.  Her courage is very different from Darya’s.  The Creator of Miniatures is painfully shy and keeps her emotions locked, but the stunningly beautiful miniatures she crafts project her feelings better than any words or actions could.  

MBA&M: What do you believe is the appeal for this era/genre?

DLM: Decadence, power, love, magic, mysticism, wars and revolutions, a mad monk with great, mystical powers, and a tragic end that changed the political face of the world.  The life story of the Romanovs encompasses all that and more.  This adds up to a very appealing story indeed.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where THE LAST ROMANOV is available.

DLM:  The last Romanov will be in bookstores April 3 and also as an ebook.  Please visit my facebook author page:  and ……. .

MBA&M: Do you have anything else to add?

DLM:  I’d love to ask my readers to visit me at and feel free to get in touch and chat.  I love to hear from my readers.

MBA&M: Thank you for visiting us and our readers today!!

DLM: Thanks for inviting me and happy reading.




Paperback:368 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1402265945

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 3, 2012


She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.


Buy the Book


We hope you have enjoyed your time with our guest. Please spread the word!


Check out our “Thoughts” on “The Last Romanov” by Dora Levy Mossanen at



*Sponsored by the publisher*

*Prize to be mailed directly to the winner by the publisher*

We are offering 1 print copy of “THE LAST ROMANOV” by Dora Levy Mossanen. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway to run from today April 7 until April 14,2012.






  1. This book would be a treasure to read since it is fascinating history which I enjoy.

    1. Good Morning from Sunny California, where it promises to be another glorious day on this first day of Passover. Thank you Pearl for your kind words and I hope you enjoy THE LAST ROMANOV. As for me, I became so attached to my protagonists during the years I came to know them that I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Ah, well! I'm sure I'll get over it. But in the meantime, to keep me connected, I'd love to hear your thoughts after you read THE LAST ROMANOV. So, don't hesitate to get in touch

  2. It was interesting to learn about this author's life in Iran and then the U.S. and her research about the Romanov family. She is very talented and the interview was excellent. Many thanks.

    1. Dear Ellie, A million thanks for your kind words. Sometimes I can't believe I've survived a war, a coup d'etat, and a revolution. Plus a series of mini revolutions in my own home! But that's a long story. I hope you enjoy THE LAST ROMANOV and connect with me via my website. Tell me what you think about my opal-eyed Darya and her lover, the artist, Avram.

  3. I would have said, before reading this post, that I'm not a history buff and probably wouldn't be interested in this book. Now that I've read the post and gained a bit of insight into the author and the story behind the book, I'm very intrigued and can't wait to read it. Very nicely done. Thank you.

    1. What a lovely comment, Karen. If THE LAST ROMANOV will succeed to make you a history buff, I'll reward myself with a glass of wine and some chocolate! I'm fascinated by every twist and turn of history. Perhaps I owe this to my grandfather, who was a historian. Perhaps to my endless curiosity about "life."

      Do get in touch with me at and tell me whether THE LAST ROMANOV succeeded to convert you.

  4. What a wonderful feature. I enjoy a warm brioche as well. Dora Levy Mossanen has great taste in comfort food. I have read many novels by Jewish authors which are memorable and special. I know that this story is unforgetttable since The Romanovs are always had a mystique about them. I saw an exhibit of what was left of their items a few years ago in Santa Fe.

    1. Dear Diane, if you lived in LA, you and I might have sneaked out to a cafe for some comfort food. Thank you for you lovely words and I hope you enjoy THE LAST ROMANOV. What a tumultuous time in Russia that was! I hope you find the events as fascinating as I did and I hope you get in touch and let me know.

  5. Happy Passover Dora! What a great post which I found completely enthralling. It is no wonder considering your real life adventures which were shaped by major events and influenced your life. Your novel which I hope to read sounds captivating and a book to be savored. best wishes and much continued success.

  6. The Last Romanov is a mystery in itself. So much has happened during those last periods of the Russian Royal Family. The uprising of the people, the abandonment of classes, and most of all the abolishment of serfdom. The rise of Stalinism and Marxism.

    This would be an interesting book to read.

    Happy Easter.

  7. I enjoyed the interview and finding out more about the inspiration for the book. The book sounds very good.

  8. I just heard about this book yesterday, and the more I hear about it, the more eager I am to read it. It sounds like a fascinating story.

  9. What a great interview, thank you! Love the question about comfort foods… I am one who is equally in adoration of chocolate 🙂

    Your latest novel sounds absolutely terrific! Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I have read a few things set in Russia and specifically set in the period of the Romanovs, but not as much as I've read, say, in medieval times or set in England during the reign of the Tudors. Also, I have "Harem" on my bookshelf now and have read "The Courtesan," and I do love your writing. So it would be a special treat to win a copy of this book, for a number of reasons! If I do not win, though, I will still be placing this one on my TBR list, as it sounds truly wonderful.

    Thank you!


Comments are closed.