Interview: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, author of New Money

Today Lorraine Zago Rosenthal is at The Hiding Spot to answer a few questions about her writing and her newest book, New Money: A Novel. I loved Rosenthal’s first novel, Other Words for Love (review here), and this new novel, which has a complete different setting and main character than her first book. New Money is New Adult and features a rags to riches story, but still has the same heart I loved about Other Words for Love

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The Interview


Did you have trouble writing any of your characters or specific scenes within the novel? Or, were any characters or scenes particularly easy to write?

In general, writing a novel is challenging. It requires a lot of dedication, effort, and focus on the characters and their individual stories. What often comes easiest is writing dialogue after the characters’ personalities and relationships with each other have been established. When you really understand a character, it isn’t hard to figure out what he or she is going to say next.

Has the title changed or stayed relatively the same as your novel journeyed towards publication?

The title has stayed the same.

 What book or author has most influenced you as a writer or in general? 

I admire and have been influenced by so many authors. One of my all-time favorite authors is Emily Bronte. I love Wuthering Heights because of its emotional intensity and Bronte’s ability to make me understand and sympathize with characters who aren’t necessarily likeable. 

If you had to pick a favorite word, what would it be and why?

 “Yes” is a good word. It’s usually much better than “no.”

 My blog is dedicated to my personal hiding spot, books. Who, what, or where can be credited as your personal escape from reality? 

I’m a movie buff, and I have always found watching a movie in a theater to be a great escape from reality.

Find out more about Lorraine and her books here! 

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