Meet the Author: Kate Quinn
January 16th 2022
The Rose code is the most popular book for December 2021. We're so excited to sit down with the author Kate Quinn to chat about her work and what type of reader she think will enjoy her book.
This has to be – hands down – one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Perfectly plotted, with perfectly painted characters. I loved every page and the first thing I did when I’d finished was to start again at page one. Don't expect high literary prose, but come to this wanting escape, intrigue and atmosphere, and you won't be disappointed.
From the Author
I wrote "The Rose Code" out of an abiding fascination with codebreaking (don't we all share it? How many film scenes are there where the rumpled genius is drawing connections all over a chalkboard for our breathless analysis?) and an overwhelming love for badass women of the past.
Bletchley Park had both in abundance: an English country manor where the supposedly unbreakable Axis military codes were cracked on a daily basis by thousands of brilliant women during World War II. These women labored in direst secrecy, and it was decades before their work in helping win the war began to receive the credit it deserved.
Therefore, I'm delighted to see LoveMyRead highlight their story by including "The Rose Code" in their end-of-year subscription box! I hope you enjoy it--happy holidays!
Five questions answered:
1) What type of person do you hope reads your book?
Someone who is eager to be surprised and delighted by the astounding things women have accomplished in the past!
2) What's the most unexpected thing you learnt while writing the book?
All the royal connections. From Prince Philip before his royal consort days to Kate Middleton's grandmother--Bletchley Park had the most surprising connections to the royal family sprinkled throughout its history.
3) What's your favourite first line in literature?
From Stephen King's "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon": The world has teeth, and it can bite you with them anytime it wants. Oh, the shiver that went down my spine at that, and the rest of the book never lets up from that relentless first hook.
4) Is there one book you wished you'd written? Why?
Pauline Gedge's "The Eagle and the Raven," about the Roman invasion of Britain. So moving, so immersive, so massive in scope--it wrecked me in all the best ways.
5) What are you working on next?
"The Diamond Eye," a story of the most successful female sniper in history. She was a single mother, a graduate student, an aspiring historian who ended up on the eastern front fighting against Hitler...and she also went on a goodwill tour to the United States, where she became close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt! A fascinating real-life heroine whose story begged to be told.