Jennifer’s A Northern Light has won like a gazillion awards, including the Carnegie Medal, UK’s most prestigious prize for children’s literature. Her epic historical novel The Tea Rose is an exquisite story about star-crossed lovers. *sigh* To quote Frank McCourt (author of Angela’s Ashes), “When you start reading The Tea Rose, give yourself plenty of time because this is a most seductive novel.” Seductive, indeed; I couldn’t put it down!
Now, the second book in her “Rose” trilogy, The Winter Rose, will be released in the U.S. tomorrow. Wonderful Bitches that we are *g* we’re going to raffle a copy for one of our lovely readers, yay! To participate, all you have to do is answer a question Jennifer asks in her interview. The two-part interview will be posted tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some facts about her:
1. Favorite comfort food: Chocolate. I like it dark, bitter, and expensive. It’s my comfort food and my discomfort food. I eat it first thing in the morning. I eat it when I write. I eat it when nobody’s watching. I love Vosges, Larry Burdick, and Maison du Chocolate the best. And when I’ve got a box of something good, I never, ever share it.
2. Weirdest thing you like to eat: Beans on toast. But it’s only weird here, not in England.
3. Favorite TV show and/or favorite movie: Silence of the Lambs. I identify with Clarice Starling more than any other fictional female character. Like her, I’m “a well-scrubbed hustling rube.”
4. If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, whom would you pick? Johnny Knoxville. I want to put aside the teapot and the reading glasses and the Times Literary Supplement—just for a day—and go careening through a busy intersection in a runaway shopping cart.
5. 3 things you never leave your house without: My passport, $10,000 in unmarked bills, and a Bowie knife. Well, hardly. Sadly, it’s more like my phone, my keys, and a pack of Dentyne.
6. Last movie you watched: Monsoon Wedding. Again. That song “Chunari Chunari”? It’s instant Prozac to me.
7. Man (besides hubby) you think is too gorgeous for your peace of mind: I instantly fall in love with anyone who makes me laugh. This week it’s Ricky Gervais.
8. Book you’re reading right now: The Child that Books Built: A Life in Reading by Francis Spufford. It’s about the books the author read as a child that comforted him, taught him, inspired him, and made him into the adult he is. “I need fiction. I’m an addict,” says Francis. There’s a picture of him on the back flap. Big glasses, big sweater, big grin, nutty hair. My kinda guy.
9. What one toiletry item could you never live without? The perfume Hadrien.
10. Which famous person, now dead, do you wish you could have seen naked? Louis XIV. Dude was hot.
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