Monday, 1 June 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrowsby M.J. Rose: Interview + Giveaway

The Witch of Painted Sorrows
by M.J. Rose

Genre: Gothic – Erotic
Publisher: Atria/S&S
Number of pages:384

New York socialite Sandrine Salome flees an abusive husband for her grandmother's Paris mansion, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is closed and under renovation. Her grandmother insists it's too dangerous to visit but Sandrine defies her — an unexplainable force is drawing her home.

There she meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing architect, who introduces her to the City of Lights — its art world, forbidden occult underground, nightclubs — and to her own untapped desires.

From a mysterious fire at the Palais Garnier opera house, to a terrifying accident at the Eiffel tower and classes with Gustav Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts, Sandrine's experiences awaken her passions. Among the bohemians and demi-monde, Sandrine uncovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter.

Then more ominous influences threaten — her husband is tracking her down and something insidious is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She's overcome by the spirit of La Lune, a witch, a legendary sixteenth-century courtesan, and an unsung artist in her own right, who exposes Sandrine to a darkness that could be a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine's "wild night of the soul," her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love and witchery, and not until she resolves a tragic love story and family curse will she be free of the ghost's possession.

Effortlessly absorbing and richly imagined, with sumptuous detail and spellbinding suspense, The Witch of Painted Sorrows conjures the brilliance and intrigue of Belle Époque Paris and illuminates the fine line.

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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - 
The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.








Q & A with M.J. Rose

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

I never write about myself so my main characters are all strangers to me and it takes me a long time to bring them to life. In this book, Sandrine, the young woman who runs away from her abusive husband in NYC, is a “good girl” who has to learn to tap into her inner witch in order to become an artist and a woman capable of love.

Q:   Describe your ideal writing spot.
The inside of the journal where I write my first draft is my ideal writing spot. I write my first drafts with a fountain pen and peacock blue ink on thin pale blue paper.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
For the last 4 books my publisher, Atria’s art department and the artist they hire - Alan Dingman. I’m in love with the cover and am in awe of each new one they see. I keep thinking they can’t get better but they do.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
Never give up.

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
Running my ad agency and the company I own with my partner Liz Berry, If there is any time left over I spend it reading, walking, cooking, shopping, talking on the phone.

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