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444. The Wife in the Attic: All Things Gothic and More with Rose Lerner

Rose Lerner has a new Audible exclusive audiobook out this week, The Wife in the Attic. It’s a f/f retelling of Jane Eyre (I just heard a whole bunch of you one-click to buy) and fear not, the ebook will be released later this year. In this episode, Rose and I chat about the differences between Gothic and historical romances, and why (and when) Gothics surge in popularity. We also talk about the subgenre I’m calling “Earl Had to Die,” and about Rose’s adoration of the Raffles books.

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  1. Rose Lerner says:

    Ahh it was so much fun reliving this conversation!!

    Also, an addendum—I realized I usually try to warn for intense antisemitism and racism in the Raffles stories (the second story, “A Costume Piece”, is particularly egregious) and I forgot, so…a belated heads-up. Sorry about that!

  2. Stefanie Magura says:

    @Rose Lerner:

    Are there plans to make your previous books available in audio. I saw where this current book, The Wife in the Attic, is but I don’t see any others.

  3. Kareni says:

    What a fun interview! Thank you, Rose and Sarah (and Garlic Knitter for the transcript). I’ll definitely be sharing Kira’s joke with my husband who teaches math.

  4. Rose Lerner says:

    @Stefanie — not yet! I’d love to, but it’s not in my budget right now to self-pub them, and I think Audible is mostly acquiring new work at the moment.

  5. Emily C says:

    After having been a follower of this blog for years, I’m embarrassed to say I just read my first Rose Lerner historical romance, True Pretenses, and now I just want to binge everything she’s written. So this podcast episode is just wonderful timing and I am absolutely here for the comeback of gothic romance and more “nerdy lady love” romances as Sarah calls it!

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