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Wednesday 10 February 2010

28 Days of Winter Escapes Assets

Hapercollins. The father (or mother) of the incredible Harperteen; which brought us such delights like Wicked lovely, Wondrous Strange, Before I Fall, and so much more. Well this month they have done it. They are holding the 28 days of winter escapes. What is the 28 days of escapes? Well it's a contest that's what it is! You have the chance to win one book a day and as it goes on you can even win an Ipod Touch! You so would want to get in on this...

Anyways, I was lucky enough to be chosen to feature one of their authors today and I got... Anna Godbersen! The amazing writer that brought us the The Luxe series. The following is a little Q & A HarperTeen put together:

Splendor: A Luxe Novel
Anna Godbersen

1.The girls in the Luxe series often have to make choices to follow their hearts or their heads—in general, which do you yourself tend to do?

As a teenager, and as a person in my twenties, I definitely followed my heart most of the time—to glorious, painful, wincingly fascinating, life-changing ends. Now that I am almost thirty, I am learning to use both, to let them collaborate a little more. But I’m glad as a younger person I let my heart navigate!

2.The covers of the Luxe series books are SO gorgeous! If you could own only one of the dresses, which one would you want?

I love the covers, but to be honest, I am such an unfussy dresser, I don’t know if I could pull any of them off. But if I was going to try, it would be the dress on the cover of Envy—I love putting myself in a big swath of white.

3.Which would you prefer for a date in New York City: horse carriage ride through Central Park, or ice-skating at Rockefeller Center?

They both sound great for different reasons, but I would have to pick a date in a Central Park carriage for the following reasons: I love summer, and I am assuming this is a warm and breezy, leafy carriage ride; I am not a performer, and I prefer dates to be private and secluded and calm; and there is way more kissing potential in a carriage.

4.Which Luxe gentleman would you want to go on a date with?

Sigh. Will is clearly the better man, but I am such a sucker for flash and bad behavior, and I’m afraid it would be Henry I’d be shamelessly following with my eyes.

5.What is your favorite love song (new or old)?

Such a tough question! So many love songs (and really aren’t they all?). Right now it’s a tie between Sam Cooke’s “That’s Where It’s At” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Honey Hi.” When I was in high school, it was probably Bob Dylan’s “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” or Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” when I was feeling dark and complicated, or Liz Phair’s “Supernova,” when I was feeling brash and bright. As you can see, my taste has gotten much simpler!

6.Since you didn’t grow up with these cold winters, have you gotten used to the wind, snow, and chilly temps yet?

The payoff for winter is a real summer—with humid storms and hot nights, a season that really feels earned and wondrous when it comes around. I appreciate the whole four seasons thing, which you don’t get in California—that episodes of your life, on the East Coast, are associated with changes in the weather. But honestly I am always waiting eagerly for the cold bits to be over.

7.If you were snowed in, what are the three items that you would want to have with you?

A Henry James novel, a fireplace, and a boy who makes me laugh.

8.What’s your favorite winter sport?

Any one of them, so long as it’s the part after exercise, when you come in all exhilarated and red-nosed, and sit someplace warm, and have hot chocolate.

9.Do you believe in happily-ever-after?

No way! I believe in love, and literature, and rock and roll, but I am a connoisseur of life as it is: messy, lots of work required. And in the long run, that’s the more satisfying thing—not meeting someone perfect, but working through mistakes, the knots of personality, and deciding over a matter of years to belong to one another.

Hope you join the contest!


  1. Great interview! I love The Luxe series so I can't wait to see what other great books Anna Godbersen comes up with.

  2. Nice interview! Loved the questions and Anna's answers!

    "...and a boy who makes me laugh." <---agree!! :)

  3. Awesome interview! I still haven't gotten around to reading Splendor yet, but I REALLY want to! Grrr...

  4. Great interview and her books are a lot of fun. Also some of the most beautiful covers around. I rarely dress up but I'd wear those gorgeous gowns if I had the chance!


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