I’m honoured to welcome Ruta Sepetys, the author of Between Shades of Grey and Out of the Easy, to the blog to answer some questions today.
1. Out of the Easy present New Orleans so vividly that it’s almost a character in itself. Why is creating a strong sense of place so important to you?
A strong sense of place helps immerse the reader in the story. If they can truly see and feel the setting, the overall reading experience will be more rewarding.
2. I loved that Josie didn’t get everything that she wanted and deserved. Why did you decide to do that?
Small steps felt more realistic for Josie. She had a lot to come both emotionally and socially. She experienced such hardship growing up and I don’t think those hurdles would just suddenly disappear. The hurdles would remain, but she would become stronger, able to jump them more easily.
3. Are you working on anything at the moment? Can you share anything about it?
Yes! I’m hard at work on my third book, a novel set at the end of WWII. I’m neck deep in research right now, trying to track down bits of important information. I’ve always said that writing historical fiction is like being a detective. I love that aspect of the process!
And a few quick ones:
4. Current obsession?
Tea from Maggie Frères! I visited the tea salon in Paris last month and stocked up on a huge variety. I’ve been obsessed with tasting them all now!
5. Favourite historical era?
I don't know if I have a favorite, but I’d love to write a story set in the 1920’s or 1930’s. It’s such a rich period and I know I could dig up all sorts of delicious secrets and scandals!
6. What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross. It will be released in the US in June and in the UK in September. Here are the two covers:
A big thank you to Ruta for taking the time to answer my questions! I highly recommend picking up a copy of Out of the Easy and I’ll definitely be getting myself a copy of Between Shades of Grey.