Author Of The Week: Chat with MacKenzi Lee (The Lady's Guide To Petticoats and Piracy), Plus Giveaway!
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing MacKenzi Lee , YABC's Author of the Week!!
Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, the Boston Globe, Crixeo, and the Newport Review, among others. Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing, won the PEN New England–Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her second book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, was a New York Times bestseller and an ABA bestseller, earned five starred reviews, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and received a 2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor and a New England Book Award. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three.
Meet The Lady's Guide To Petticoats and Piracy!
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A lot of places--I never have one single inception point for a book. It was a combination of learning about the concept of the Grand Tour, my love of tropey adventure novels, and my frustration with the fact that both western historical narratives and said tropey adventure stories were mostly populated by straight white cis people because of "historical accuracy." So I decided to write the exact kind of book I'd want to read, but with character that are usually left out of historical fiction narratives :)
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Monty! His voice has been so much fun to write, and he's audacious in a way I can only aspire to be.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! Though the title came very easily--usually books are so hard for me to title but the titles for both Gentleman's and Lady's Guide came together easily (though the original title for Lady's Guide was also the title of a Gail Carriger book--oops! We had to correct that!)
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018-2019?
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. Magical heist in Belle Epoque Paris? Be still my heart!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2017-2018?
Just one!? How do I pick!? One of my favorites I read this year was Jack of Hearts (and other Parts) by Lev Rosen, which was a delightful hilarious consensual slap-on-the-ass of a book. I wish I could give it to my teenage self, both for its amazing frank sex-positive tone and for all the *actual* queer sex ed contained in its pages that I never got in school. Also, I want Jack to teach me his eyeliner secrets.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m writing a series for Marvel right now, which I can’t talk much about yet, but they’re going to be awesome. I also have another historical fiction novel coming out next fall, set during the 1630s Dutch tulipomania, which is one of my favorite periods of history.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Which ever I am not doing at the time.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Petting every dog that comes my way.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Right now, I'm raising money for the Trevor Project, an organization that works on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth. I'm also very passionate about the Crisis Text Line, which is a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for anyone who is experiencing a crisis of any kind.
The Lady's Guide To Petticoats and Piracy
By: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
The cover is great- goes well with the first one of course! And I am very excited to read the book in general! Thanks for the chance!
The cover is attractive and the YA readers of this "series" will be attracted to it. I look forward to this sequel and it has been on my TBR. Need to get it read.