Earlier this year, I was scanning the New York Times Best Sellers list and was intrigued by a book about "Manhattan’s young social set, circa 1899." The book was called The Luxe.
Needless to say, I sped through it and then began to anxiously await the follow up novel, Rumors.
Luxe author Anna Godbersen intertwines multiple love stories in such a such an elegant fashion that you too soon wish you were living in 1899!
In two months time, Envy, her final book in this deliciously gossipy series comes out. For this final installment of Thank Goodness for Books, we were fortunate to be able to speak with Ms. Godbersen about her novels, the future of our beloved Diana and Henry, and what's projects she hopes to work on next!
Hi Anna! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Thank you so much for having me!
First off, over here at The Reader's Quill, we love all sorts of books and music. We're curious, what are your top three favorite books? And top three favorite musicians?
Fashion plays a big role in the series. If you could travel back in time to 1899, what would we find you wearing?
How did you come up with the idea for the series?
If you had to choose between Henry and Will, who would you pick? Why?
We love historical fiction at The Reader's Quill. What kind of research did you do to write the series?
Historical novels tend to be tricky to write. If a young writer had an interest in the genre, what would you recommend they do? Do you frequent any specific websites or books?
Which other historical periods do you find fascinating? Would you be interested in writing about them in the future?
Before each chapter, you give excerpts from different tabloids of 1899. Do you read any gossip columns or magazines? If so, who's your favorite person to read about?
In The Luxe and Rumors, Will and Elizabeth as well as Henry and Diana must keep their love sheltered from society. Do you feel that their attraction to one another is partially based on "the forbidden fruit" effect?
What's your next project after the next book comes out?
First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving! This is a special time to be thankful for all we have and a time to spend with the people who make each day truly unique.
I would like to take this time to thank Cassandra Clare, Laura Whitcomb, Lisa McMann and Anna Godbersen for taking the time to talk to me about their writing. All of their books have truly struck a cord in my life, as I hope yours as well. Their books have been my constant companion throughout many nights and I am thankful to have taken part of the literary adventure they laboriously created.
I would also like to thank you, the readers, for checking back every week of Thank Goodness for Books. I love interacting with each and every one of you, reading your emails and laughing about book jokes that hardly anyone else would understand. It is because of you that all this is possible. And it is in your name that all this is for.
Later next month, The Reader's Quill will be hosting another compliment of author interviews! Be sure to come check it out! Happy Holidays!