London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
For those who haven’t read Tangled Webs yet, could you give us a quick summary?
A blackmailing girl in 1725 London is determined to break free from her life of servitude to find freedom and love.
It is unusual for a YA novel to be set in 1725, what made you choose to set it in this time period?
I grew up reading historical fiction and I’ve always loved the sumptuousness of it. It needed to be almost lyrical in my head, and the time period just clicked for me. I also chose the 18th century because it was really full of vice and sin and it worked so well for the back story of this book.
The cover for Tangled Webs is beautiful, how much input did you have in the overall design?
I had no input really but I think I might have squealed when I first saw it! I was so happy and loved it at first sight!
Tangled Webs is set to be released in June, what are you working on now it is almost printed?
I just turned in the sequel to WEBS, so now I’m working on an NA book that comes out in February and an adult book that comes out in April under my pen name L.E. Bross.
Early responses for the book have been fantastic, how does that make you feel?
Like I’m dreaming really. That people get the story and like the characters means so much to me. It’s hard putting yourself out there like that and there will always be a level of insecurity, but in the end, I just hope that I can entertain my readers and make them happy.
What was the process like for writing the novel, how long did it take you to write?
I sold it on proposal, so I had the first 100 pages done and pretty solid. It took about four weeks to draft the rest after I got my editors feedback and then probably a couple more months total in edits and revisions. I think the most terrifying part of the process was first pass pages where it looks like a real book and you realize there is no going back after that!
What are you currently reading yourself?
I just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses which was so amazing that I had to just ride the book hangover for a few days, but other than that, I don’t really have much time to read. I can’t read while I’m writing because that voice tends to seep into my current project without me realizing. Once I was reading and writing and I wrote a whole chapter in first person when the rest of the book had been in third!
Thank you for taking part in this interview, is there anything you’d like to add to finish us off?
I just want to thank you for having me and I hope that everyone loves WEBS!
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