May 15, 2015
Hello readers, and welcome to our Tour Stop for
A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1) by Kathleen Baldwin
presented by Rock Star Book Tours!
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It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…
CxC: Hi Kathleen! Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
KB: Thank you, MaryAnn and Gabby! I’m delighted to be here. You have a fun blog.
CxC: Describe A School for Unusual Girls in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
KB: The kick ass historical heroines of Stranje House can also pour tea. #NotYourMamma’sRegency
CxC: What was your inspiration for writing A School for Unusual Girls? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
KB: I love researching historical spies and secret organizations, and I’ve always been intrigued with Napoleon and the Regency era. I wrote adult novels set in that era. One day my young nephew, who was reading the John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series, said he thought I should write a book about girls who were warrior apprentices. His request set my creative gears spinning. Stranje House isn’t quite that, but the ideas for A School for Unusual Girls began whirling into my head. And I started writing.
CxC: Tell us about the main character(s) in A School for Unusual Girls.
KB: Georgie is an outspoken scientist, and has no interest in marriage despite her mother’s attempt to force her onto the marriage mart. Georgie doesn’t fit into upper crust societal norms. All of the girls at Stranje House are outcasts for one reason or another.
CxC: Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
KB: I love the part when Georgie and Sebastian finally make peace and start working on the invisible ink together. Here’s one of my favourite quotes:
“He leaned across the worktable; listening, considering my hypothesis.
Listening. To me.
No one had ever done that.
And all the while, my skin tingled under the gentle breeze of our companionability. I doubt any lover’s poem would have teased my ears more sweetly than our discussion of iron oxides and magnesium.”
CxC: Was there a specific part in A School for Unusual Girls that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
KB: Yes. When Georgie sees Sebastian for the first time after he’s been held captive — that scene almost broke my heart. In order to get the emotion right I had to picture one of my sons who looks a great deal like Sebastian beaten that badly. I sobbed my way through that scene. Painful.
CxC: What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
KB: We have five books planned for the Stranje House series. So my mind is all wrapped in the women and girls of Stranje House. My imagination lives in that world right now. I get deeply entrenched with my characters. It would be impossible for me to think about another world until all their stories are told. That would be like moving away from my best friends, the sisters of my heart.
CxC: It was great having you on the blog today, Kathleen! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
KB: Thanks MaryAnn and Gabby! It was a pleasure to be here. Thank you for inviting me to your blog.
“I love adventure in books and in real life. I’ve roamed the Rocky Mountains, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, finally met and married my very own hero, and together we’ve raised four free-spirited children.”
Award-winning author – Kensington published four of Kathleen’s Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.
News and more at: www.Kathleenbaldwin.com
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