Hi guys!! I am excited to be part of the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour!! I absolutely loved the book. You can see my review of it here. Today I have an interview with Rachel Harris. She is super awesome and I am glad to have her here on my blog!! Entangled Publishing is also doing a super sweet (hehe, see what I did there?) tour wide giveaway too. Enter on the rafflecopter at the end of this post!!
Hi Rachel! Thanks for being here today!
Thanks so much for having me, Amy! It’s an honor.
What made you choose the sixteenth century as a time period for this book?
I have loved the Renaissance ever since freshman year of high school when I got really into Shakespeare and leaning about European history. It’s always held a bit of magic for me. And when I went to Europe myself, and got to see so many of the things I read about in books, and experienced a Renaissance themed reenactment in Florence, well I was hooked.
But it became the setting for my book when I knew I wanted to tell a story about a modern day girl going to the past—I love learning about the past myself, but love imagining myself back then knowing things I know now—and had to decide what period to send her to. There’s no doubt that the Regency period is popular (one of my favorites to read about!), but I wanted to do a different time to make it stand out. It didn’t take too long for me to think about my personal favorite time, imagine a few crazy scenarios with a twenty-first century teen there, and a story was made.
What type of research did you do for the setting of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century? Have you been to Florence, Italy?
I have been to Florence, but that was before I knew I would be writing this. As for research, I am a research junkie. I love learning about oddities and differences, and seeing how despite the hundreds of years separating one people from another, that there will always be similarities. So this was fun for me. I checked out about a bazillion books and videos from the library (tons of great texts but the videos done to educate kids about the time were my favorites), and my number one resource that I loved flipping through was a book written as a tour guide for Renaissance Florence just as a tour guide would be written today. I compiled a huge binder of facts and interesting tidbits and then went to work putting them in throughout the novel to give an authentic feel and make the reader feel like she’s there. I hope it works!
What gave you the idea to have Cat travel back in time with items from the future with her? It's such a neat and fun idea!!
Again, I’ve always found it fun to imagine myself going to the past knowing what I know now, and I thought it would be a fun way to take it that much further to have things from home with her at all times, a way to keep her grounded and also provide a bit of humor. The things she keeps in her backpack also tell a lot about her character, so it was another way to get to know Cat better. And yeah, it’s just fun lol.
I saw on Goodreads that there is a book two listed for this series. Yay!! How many books are planned for it?
Well, right now only two are expected….but I have two books plotted and ready to go if these go well! I just finished the second book, A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES, and it is told from Cat’s Renaissance cousin Alessandra’s POV. It was so fun writing a historical girl in the twenty-first century and flip-flopping that whole experience!!! The third book, if readers seem interested in one, would go back to Cat’s POV (I have more story to tell there along with an interesting romantic angle), and the fourth book would be a prequel told from the gypsy Reyna’s POV. Out of all the characters, I have to say she is my favorite.
I am so excited to hear this!! I love Alessandra so I am super happy to get a book from her POV. I also really love Reyna so a prequel in her POV would be awesome!!!
How about a fun question? If you could travel back to any time period and location, where would you want to go? What future items would you want with you?
Such a good question! It really is a toss-up between exactly where Cat went, 1500s Florence, and 1800s London. I’m a sucker for both time periods and locations…but the future items I want? Definitely air-conditioning, though that is a bit difficult to transport. Maybe a battery operated fan with a ton of batteries (ha!), deodorant, toothpaste (boring stuff but so essential), and an encyclopedia filled with facts so I can seem brilliant.
I would most definitely want deodorant and toothpaste too. Good hygiene is a necessity.
Coffee or tea?
Uh…can I go with a soft drink?? Diet Mt. Dew is my drug of choice
Mountains or ocean?
Mountains….though nothing beats the sound of waves crashing at night, too.
Spring or Fall?
Cookies or chips?
COOKIES!!!! (Sorry, I’m on a diet, haven’t had any in forever, and got a little excited….)
Heels or Sneakers?
Wow, out of all the questions, this is the hardest LOL. I like no shoes at all actually, but I guess it depends on the occasion. I like the way heels make a girl look, but dude, if I’m gonna be standing for a while, nothing is worth that pain. Sneakers are comfortable and that’s kind of my MO, so yeah, I’ll go with sneakers. (See how I made a totally easy question complicated? I must need more Dt. Mt. Dew)
Hmmm if we are making this question difficult, my answer would be flip flops. I practically live in the things!!
Thank you so much Rachel!!
No, thank YOU!!!!
Want to know a little about the book? Here you go!!
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- Publisher: Entangled Publishing
- Publication date: 9/18/2012
- Pages: 304
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
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