Saturday, November 23, 2013

Renée Rosen

As clichéd as it sounds, Renée Rosen is a former advertising copywriter who always had a novel in her desk drawer. When she saw the chance to make the leap from writing ad copy to fiction, she jumped at it. A confirmed history and book nerd, the author loves all things old, all things Chicago and all things written.

Rosen is the author of Every Crooked Pot and Dollface, A Novel of the Roaring Twenties.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Rosen's reply:
Two really wonderful novels that stand out in my mind are In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees and Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann. In Need of a Good Wife is about a mail order bride service after the Civil War. In a lot of ways it was the precursor to Match.Com and the online dating world that exists today. And oddly enough, you’ll see that not that much has changed. Men will still be men and women will be women. Astor Place Vintage braids a contemporary story together with a historical storyline and takes you into the world of the early department stores. Everyone I’ve recommended it to has adored it.

Both authors are extremely skillful at seamlessly working in their research so that it’s organic to the stories they’re telling. Long after I’ve put them on the bookshelf, these novels have stayed with me.
Learn more about Dollface at Renée Rosen's website, blog, and Facebook page.

The Page 99 Test: Every Crooked Pot.

My Book, The Movie: Dollface.

--Marshal Zeringue