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Five Things about Sarah MacLean

Hello and welcome to Sarah MacLean! She’s one of these funny, bright, outrageous women that I love to meet and had to share with all of you. I think you will agree! So here are Five Things about Sarah MacLean:

1. Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? There’s an island off the eastern edge of Puerto Rico called Vieques—it’s largely untouched because the US Navy used to use the rainforest on the island for bombing drills (which isn’t romantic, I know, but stick with me), so they’ve closed off 80% of the island to people, letting the whole thing grow wild.

It’s a lovely, sleepy place, filled with gorgeous beaches and charming people . . . and it’s the home to one of the largest bioluminescent bays in the world. Because of some combination of mangrove trees and fish and the tide, there’s a specific kind of amoebae that lives in this bay that glows when it becomes agitated. At night, the bay is pitch black, but everything that moves—boats, fish, people—light up in the water. It’s amazingly romantic, because swimming in the bay at night is like swimming in starlight.

2. How do you come up with the names for your Hero/Heroine? I’m terrible at names. They usually change three or four times during the writing of the book, and it’s a total find and replace disaster. I’ve been known to ask friends, family and readers to name them, and I am not above using great names of people I know.

As for all those dukedoms and earldoms and marquessates? I have a large map of London in 1908 on the wall of my office, and I lift street names for titles. It’s cheating, probably, but oh, do I loathe naming characters!

3. Where do you go for inspiration when the creativity well is running a little dry? I’m very lucky to live in New York City, so I have 8 million people and about a million and one places in which to find inspiration. But here are the go-tos:

1) Coney Island – The closest thing to a beach near me, filled with wacky carnival barkers and fabulous hotdogs and a pier that goes 100 yards out into the ocean. I like to go there on cold winter days and walk the boardwalk.
2) The Metropolitan Museum of Art – It’s enormous. As big as you think? Bigger. And you can’t see the entire collection in a day. In fact, I’m pretty certain that you can’t see the entire collection in a month, because I always seem to find something new. I love the Greek & Roman Art rooms, but somehow always seem to get lost in American furniture.
3) The Top of the Empire State Building (at night) – Little known fact: The Empire State Building observation deck is open until 2am, and you haven’t seen New York until you’ve seen it from the top of the ESB in the middle of the night. Another fun fact? The lines at 11:30pm are very short. Which is awesome.

4. What new authors have you recently added to your TBR pile? I loved Anna Randol’s debut Regency-Constantinople-set A Secret in her Kiss, so I’m really looking forward to her next. I just started the Sookie Stackhouse novels (I know, I know, I’ve been under a rock, apparently, but gorgeous True Blood men have made me see the light), and I’m loving them.

5. What are your top three favorite movies? Ocean’s Eleven – I am a sucker for a great heist movie, and this one is my favorite. I’ll take either the original or the Clooney/Pitt version (although George Clooney in a tux is a particular pleasure).

When Harry Met Sally – I’ve loved this movie since the very first time I saw it, and now that I live in New York, it’s even better. Every time we do anything that’s Harry & Sally do . . . buy a Christmas tree, eat at Katz’s deli, sing Surrey With the Fringe on Top at Sharper Image (what? It totally happens!), I get totally tingly. And start speaking like a Nora Ephron character.

300 – In which a classic Greek story gets mixed up with CGI effects and . . . oh, yeah. Gerard Butler & Michael Fassbender’s CGI abs. Thank you very very much, Hollywood.

And thank you, Sarah, for dropping by! You can learn more about Sarah on her website. Her newest book, A Rogue by Any Other Name is available now.

10 comments to “Five Things about Sarah MacLean”

  1. Alisa
    March 8th, 2012 at 6:24 am · Link

    When I get the opportunity to visit New York City I will be sure to visit the ESB at night–that sounds cool! My copy of ‘A Rogue by Any Other Name’ arrived in the mail the other day–can’t wait until the weekend to dive into it!

  2. barb hoffarth
    March 8th, 2012 at 8:33 am · Link

    I love all her books. I just started ‘A rogue by any other name’ and can’t put it down. Thanks Elizabeth for the blog.

  3. Ora
    March 8th, 2012 at 11:58 am · Link

    I loved A Rogue By Any Other Name. After reading the book, I love the cover even more.
    I love Sookie Stackhouse too. I defintely enjoy the books more than the series, probably because I am totally Team Eric.

    • Elizabeth
      March 8th, 2012 at 1:28 pm · Link

      Ora, I totally go Team Erik.

      • Sarah MacLean
        March 8th, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

        Uh…what other team is there? 😉

  4. Haven Rich
    March 8th, 2012 at 12:35 pm · Link

    Wow! That is one stunning cover! Very beautiful.

  5. infinitieh
    March 8th, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Link

    The last time I was in NYC, I almost made it to the ESB, until I had to leave the line to meet up with a friend. Maybe next time.

    I used to love the Sookie Stackhouse books but I’ve given up the most recent ones. *sigh*

    • Sarah MacLean
      March 8th, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Link

      The lines are another reason to go at night! They’re much shorter!

  6. Sarah MacLean
    March 8th, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Thanks so much for having me today, Elizabeth! I loved answering your five questions!

  7. Lindy
    March 8th, 2012 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I look forward to reading Sarah’s book. What a gorgeous cover too!

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