Today Rose Lerner has dropped by to share some interesting tidbits about herself with us. Rose is the author of several Regency romances. Her latest is True Pretenses, just out on the 13th, in which a philanthropist heiress agrees to marry a Jewish con artist to get her hands on her dowry. Fantastic!
1) Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? When I traveled around Europe the summer after my study abroad, I went to St. Petersburg during the White Nights (when the sun never quite sets all night because it’s so far north). I saw the drawbridges across the Neva going up in the early morning, bathed in pale, pale light. I can’t even really explain how different the quality of the light was to anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else, but it was magical.
(Dostoevsky is one of my very favorite authors, too, and “White Nights” was one of his first books I ever read. It changed my life, and I thought it was just the most romantic thing ever. I don’t know if I would feel the same reading it now, but in high school I thrilled to every word.)
2) If you could be a superhero, what power would you choose and why? Telekinesis! Telekinesis is not only the coolest-looking superpower, but the most useful (after invulnerability/regeneration/
I don’t think I’d really want to be a superhero though. Too scary! I think I’d just want to be telekinetic.
3) Who is your favorite author? Ahhh! I can’t choose! Um. Probably Jeannie Lin (historical romance set in Tang Dynasty China, and now she’s doing steampunk too) or Cecilia Grant (Regency-set historicals). Both of them always leave me completely, 100% satisfied. To me their books are just note-perfect. Every word is perfectly placed and every story turn and twist feels right and inevitable. I love the kind of stories they tell, the way they create setting, their characters…everything.
4) What new to you authors are you crazy about? Well, I just read A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev and loved it madly. And I tried Molly O’Keefe’s RITA-winning book last year after RWA and then tore through most of her backlist. Oh, and I just read Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai which I really liked—it was sort of a Clueless set-up where their parents were married for five seconds a million years ago so technically they’re step-siblings, and he’s a bit of an uptight nerd and she’s…a GENIUS PHILANTHROPIST BILLIONAIRE PLAYGIRL! She totally has a little of the Tony Stark thing going on. She runs a restaurant/club empire and holds kinky orgies at her house, and her hapless ex-stepbrother has been having secret fantasies about them ever since he read about it in the tabloids! So awesome.
5) What are your top three favorite movies? Hmm. Well, here are three movies I could probably watch over and over and never get tired of: Rebecca (the Hitchcock version, I watch it at least a couple times a year, sometimes more, and I love every minute of it), Iron Man 2 (love everything about this movie, except for I feel like Rhodey’s arc is maybe a little rushed), and Fast Five (a.k.a the movie that took everything I loved about the Fast and Furious franchise, leveled it up, and added a heist). Honorable mention: The Quick and the Dead (the Sam Raimi one), Jane Eyre (the Fukunaga version from a few years ago), Dirty Dancing, and Star Trek IV: The One With The Whales.