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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Sonia Gensler (Author of The Revenant)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sonia Gensler grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full time in Oklahoma. So far, her husband and cat are putting up with this. The Revenant is her debut novel.

THE REVENANT is in stores today!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I am obsessed with the Victorian era but wouldn't wish to go back too early because I happen to like running water and flushing toilets. :) Maybe turn-of-the-century Oxford or Cambridge? I'd love to be the daughter of a college dean with free access to the college grounds. Or maybe I would go back to 1896 and attend the Cherokee Female Seminary (the setting of THE REVENANT). Not only did the school have running water and flushing toilets (heh), but it was a sophisticated institution intended to rival the elite female academies of the east. And since I'm 1/64 Cherokee, I would have qualified for admission based on blood quantum. Not sure I would have passed the admission examinations, however...

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
19th-century identity thief encounters vengeful ghost
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
I have to break this into Adult and YA:

Favorite adult book: (this changes often) Possession by A.S. Byatt. 20th century academics fall in love while researching 19th century poets who secretly fell in love! *swoon*

Favorite adult book fictional crush: John Thornton from North and South. He's a brooding/grumpy mill owner who goes all googly over the new girl in town, Margaret Hale. And then he angsts mightily when she spurns him. I love the man pain!

Favorite YA book: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. A thoroughly gripping novel that broke my heart in the most satisfying way.

Favorite YA fictional crush: Peeta from the Hunger Games trilogy. He's strong and stoic, but also very sweet. *sigh*

It occurs to me that three of these books are set in England. Can you tell I'm an Anglophile?

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I'm pretty sure I would choose Harriet Vane from the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. She's a sharp lady and very tough, and she happens to write bestselling mystery novels. Though she's just fine on her own, she does eventually succumb to the charms of Peter Wimsey (another of my fictional crushes).

It's a tough gig being a teen (I did it once, you know), but if I could be a character in a YA novel, I would choose Anna from Anna and the French Kiss for the Paris setting and that delicious English boy named Etienne.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Okay, if you allowed a spectacular piece of miscasting, I would want Eva Green to play me, because she's amazingly beautiful in a strong, intellectual way, and she's French. For those very reasons, however, it would be dreadfully unrealistic and moviegoers would protest, if they even went to the film in the first place!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
My husband suggested Ghosts and Other Captive Souls, which sounds awesome and sorta works because I'm obsessed with ghosts and hauntings (both in the literal and metaphorical sense). I, on the other hand, might choose The Girl Who Wrote Ghosts But Never Wished to Meet One because even though I'm obsessed with hauntings, I'm a big chicken when it comes to anything spooky happening in real life. Or maybe The Girl Who Spent Way Too Much Time in Her Own Head. That would work, too.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Reader, writer, tea drinker, traveler, total neurotic


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
THE REVENANT is a stand-alone novel, but there's more ghostly/gothic goodness coming your way from me and Knopf/Random House -- you can count on it! Stay-tuned to my website for more details:

Thanks for stopping by Sonia!

For more information about Sonia Gensler and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. Love this interview! Sounds like a fantastic book!

  2. Great interview! 1/64 Cherokee - I was wondering why Gensler had decided to set the story in the Cherokee Female Seminary (which happens to be the primary reason why I want to read the book).

  3. Great interview! I am really looking forward to reading The Revenant and to meeting Sonia this weekend! I think I would choose to be Anna too! I really liked her life ;) I am also a ghost junkie-thingy, but I hate the dark and would have to be institutionalized if I ever had an encounter! I liked your interview questions, wonderful!!

  4. Awesome interview! Thanks for sharing it with your followers. I love hearing from authors I don't know much about. And now I REALLY want to read her book!

  5. Wonderful interview! I just love reading interviews, they give you tons of unique facts!

  6. Fantastic interview! I can't wait to read this book :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  7. Great interview! I'm really intrigued by this one.

  8. I enjoyed the interview. Loved all the names for the biography, too funny.

  9. The Girl Who Wrote Ghosts But Never Wished to Meet One. lol that is one awesome title. :-)

  10. I'm Team Peeta too! (But only if he looks like Gale...)

  11. I love Eva Green!!! Great interview!

  12. I love Peeta too, "You love me. Real or not real?" So epic.

  13. Awesome interview! I too would choose the Victorian era...but yeah, running water and flushing toilets is a must! I'm really looking forward to reading this book.

  14. I haven't read North and South but I did watch the miniseries and I loved Richard Artmitage as John Thornton.

  15. I loved the interview and I love the Victorian Era as well. There is something intersesting about it. Congrats on the boo and i hope there are amny more to come!

  16. Fantastic interview! I love Sonia Gensler, I have seen quite a few interviews with her on other blogs and she is always so sweet and funny! I love Victorian Era, too, but just like Sonia, I don't think I could survive without flush toilets and showers! U_U

    Thanks for this great interview, Sonia and Tina!

  17. Honestly nice to see a book that's not a series for a change.

  18. Good questions, I love reading answers to questions that a hundred people haven't already asked!

  19. Haha I agree with her YA fictional crush... Peeta :)
    these are nice questions!!


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