Interview with Mary Jo Putney and Feature of Chalice of Roses

Today I am hosting an interview with Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling author, to celebrate the release of her newest work in a 4 part anthology. The story she wrote in the book is called 'The White Rose of Scotland'. I am so happy to have her with me today...also stay tuned for Karen Harbaugh tomorrow.

Woot! Interview time!

(BBB): Tell us a bit about your story in CHALICE OF ROSES.

(MJP): The Nazis are one great evil just about everyone agrees on, so World War II is a logical setting for a Grail story.  The White Rose of Scotland” is in my Guardian world—humans with magical powers—and my heroine is Jane Macrae. She works in London as an intelligence analyst because she has a magical ability to put fragments of information together. Weary of the Blitz and longing for home, she decides to holiday at the family estate in the Scottish Highlands

When the poky train Jane is riding on for the last leg of her trip stops at a station, a wild eyed young man in a pilot’s jacket bursts into her compartment and says she has to come with him now! He looks like a lunatic, but her intuition says to go with him, so she does. David Sinclair turns out to be a Canadian fighter pilot in the RAF. While on leave in Scotland, he visits Rosslyn Chapel, which was built by his Sinclair ancestors—and finds himself drawn into saving the Grail from the Nazis. But he needs help,and that means Jane….

(BBB): Who is your favorite (of any ever fictional or real) grail quester?

(MJP): Too many possibilities!  But, Indiana Jones and his father, as played by Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, are right at the top of the list.

(BBB): Can you share anything about what you are working on now or next?

(MJP): I recently finished my first young adult historical fantasy (which will be out early 2011), and I’m about to start the third book in my Lost Lords historical romance series.  Then I’ll write the second YA.  It’s going to be a busy year!

(BBB): What is your favorite food(random I know but I want to throw in a little human interest)?

(MJP): You like hard questions, don’t you? Can I choose the whole category of soup? I love just about all soups, especially thick, hearty ones. I make a lot of soup at this time of year because it’s so cozy and warming. Bean soup, tortellini soup, cockaleekie, potato kale. The list is a long one!

(BBB): Did you enjoy working on an anthology more than a single novel?

(MJP): They’re different. Shorter works like novellas are a chance to play with ideas that haven’t enough heft for a full length book. The anthologies with Jo and Karen and Barbara have been great fun since we work together to develop the rules of our fantasy world for each anthology. I love the very different stories and settings we come up with since we’re very different writers.

Thank you so much for doing the interview with me Ms. Putney, it was an honor to have you!

You can get more info about Mary Jo Putney and Chalice of Roses from her webpage

Summary of a Chalice of Roses
Romance and destiny intertwine in four all-new novellas inspired by grail quests-featuring two New York Times bestselling authors!

From the bestselling and award-winning authors of Dragon Lovers comes an anthology of fantasy, romance, and eternal love. In these four novellas, history and destiny spark passion, and everything depends on the fate of one mystical cup: the Holy Grail.

A young woman must find her love to summon the Grail to bring peace to England; a Regency lady must keep it safe from Napoleon's spies; a modern sorceress must keep the Grail from falling into Nazi hands, and an American must put the chalice at risk to rescue her one true love. These are four passionate and enchanting stories of desire and destiny inspired by one of our most powerful legends.

Monica S.

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  1. Great interview! I've never heard of this, but it definitely sounds intriguing!

  2. Always nice to interview an author after you've reviewed their book. An added dimension to the reading.


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