TCL’s Countdown Questions #25: Author Renee Rosen.

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An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL’s Countdown Questions.

This week I’m featuring author Renee Rosen!

I’ve only read one of Renee’s books, that being “What the Lady Wants” which is about the woman who was the lover of Marshall Field (who, if you don’t know, was the person who came up with the concept of a department store). Mind you, she’s written other novels, all of which sound really good (but NetGalley didn’t want me to read them – harrumph. Thank goodness Edelweiss let me have an ARC of her next book, and I have high hopes for it). I’m sure I’ll be reading more of them in the future, but for now, let’s see how she answered my questions.

  • If you could visit five (5) places you’ve never been, where would you go and why?

Prague— for the architecture

Croatia— because we have a friend with a place there and I’ve heard it’s amazing

Hawaii—it’s on the bucket list

African Safari—just to see those animals in their native habitat

The Moon—because why not aim high


  • Name four (4) foods or dishes that you enjoy so much that they’ve practically become part of your personality.


Halo Top ice cream


Belvedere martinis up dry with a twist

Halo Top Ice Cream


  • There is the past, the present, and the future – if you could choose, which of these three (3) would you prefer to live in, and why?

The past—I write historical fiction and am fascinated by earlier time periods, especially the Gilded Age, Roaring Twenties and Fifties. I love the clothing, the etiquette, the strides made by and for women.

  • Best and/or worst – you choose which – name two (2) of either your best moments of your life, worst moments of your life, or one of each.

The First Best—was the night I met the love of my life. Totally unexpected, I wasn’t looking but as soon as I saw him, my life changed!

Second Best—Anytime I’m surrounded by friends and family. Seriously this is what flashed through my mind. I have so many memories to pick from. Truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

  • Name one (1) book you’ve read in the past year (or so) that you wish you had written, and why.

Ooh, author envy! I suppose the one book (though there were many) that really knocked my socks off, would have been Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH.  Every scene was lush, her details are so vivid and her characters—especially Boris—were so perfectly rendered. That’s a book that will stay with me for a very long time.


Thanks Renee! (So… take you to the moon? Sounds like a wonderful song lyric, if you ask me!)

Renee RosenRenee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction. Her novels include Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Her most recent novel is Park Avenue Summer (April 30, 2019 from Penguin Random House/Berkley).

Renee is a native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of The American University in Washington DC.  She now lives in Chicago where she is at work on a new novel, The Social Graces, a story about Mrs. Astor and Mrs. Vanderbilt vying for control of New York society during the Gilded Age. (Coming in 2020 from Penguin Random House/Berkley).

She frequently visits with book clubs (either in person or via Skype/FaceTime) and is available for speaking engagements. For more information, feel free to contact her using the contact form.

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