Interview: M. J. Rose, Author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows

RoseTheWitchOfPaintedSorrowsEveryone, please welcome the very talented M. J. Rose to the blog today. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview her on the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour. You can check out the rest of the tour HERE for more interviews, reviews, guest posts, and giveaways.

About the Author

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.

She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at

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The Interview

Myths and beliefs that we would consider fiction or fantasy in modern literature once upon a time shaped history (think of all the hunts for unicorns & dragons). Do you see modern fantasy fiction (even fantastical realism) affecting human cultures today and how? 
I think ultimately we are formed by the stories we tell and that we tell stories to help us process and understand the world. So yes, I think its all relevant and important  — if not critical for us to process life and find hope and meaning in what often seems meaningless and hopeless.
What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?
Daphne Du Maurier. My first question – what was the second Mrs. DeWinter’s name.And then I’d ask her about her process and her inspirations.
What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
I only had one difficult job – in college – in the summer of my Freshman year I got a job in an office and it turned out just to be filing. Every day for 8 hours a day filing papers. I thought I was going to go out of my mind with boredom. I am not good being bored.
What nonfiction works have you found useful in building your books?
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
M.J. Rose AuthorWhat are the top 3 historical time periods and locations you would like to visit?
Russia before the Revolution
The Jazz age in NYC
Paris, Belle Epoch
Which ancient or historical works have you not read and periodically kick yourself for not having made time for them yet?
The Iliad and the Odyssey.

What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

The Secret Garden. And I love it still. I still marvel at its magic and mystery. I believe in both, magic and mystery and that they are around us but we are too often too busy to notice…  Books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it. That book does that for me.

RoseTheWitchOfPaintedSorrowsThe Witch of Painted Sorrows book blurb from Goodreads

Possession. Power. Passion. International bestselling novelist M.J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this erotic, gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome runs away to her grandmother’s Parisian mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insits it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten – her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love and witchery.

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