WomensHistoryReads interview: Kate Quinn

Two very exciting things today! One, GIRL IN DISGUISE is now out in paperback -- now you can get it in hardcover, paperback, e-book or audio. Yay! Two, I'm thrilled to welcome to the blog Kate Quinn, NYT bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK, one of my favorite reads of the past year. If you haven't read this book yet, you must, and Reese Witherspoon agrees with me. What more recommendation do you need?

Welcome, Kate!

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn

Greer: What’s the last book that blew you away?

Kate: AFFINITY by Sarah Waters--a well-to-do Victorian girl pays mission of mercy calls to a women's prison, and finds herself drawn by an enigmatic young spirit medium. A budding love affair between two complicated women, a sharply-drawn portrait of the Victorian justice system, and a creepy Gothic mystery all tied into one! 

Greer: Ooh, that sounds fantastic. And you know how much I loved THE ALICE NETWORK, so I'm really looking forward to what comes next from you. What’s your next book about and when will we see it?

Kate: My next book is untitled so far, tentatively scheduled for February 2019. A team of Nazi hunters in post-war Vienna is tracking down a Nazi murderess gone to ground in America, even as a budding teenage photographer in 1946 Boston begins to have serious doubts about her father's demure German fiancee. And intertwined with those two storylines is Nina, a Russian female bomber pilot who flew against Hitler's eastern front in the all-female regiment known as the Night Witches...

Greer: Can't wait. For your last question, play matchmaker: what unsung woman from history would you most like to read a book about, and who should write it?

Kate: I'd love to read a book about Leonora d'Este: the second wife of Renaissance lord and composer Gesualdo, a musical genius who famously murdered his first wife...and was maybe murdered in turn by Leonora! What kind of woman was she, to have lived with such a dangerous man and come out alive? That's nerves of steel for you. And I'd have Elizabeth Loupas write it; I adore her work. Though in her novel "The Second Duchess" she tackles the similar domestic situation of Duke Alfonso and the first wife he possibly murdered, so E.L. probably wouldn't want to do such a similar re-tread!

Greer: I'd read it for sure. So intriguing.

Kate: And as for a question for you, if you could pick one woman from history to put in every high school history textbook, who would it be?

Greer: Most readers of GIRL IN DISGUISE can probably guess the answer I'll give -- definitely Kate Warne, first female Pinkerton detective. She broke new ground by walking into Allan Pinkerton's office in 1856 and applying for a job as a detective at a time when women rarely worked outside the home at all -- the ad hadn't specified that only men could apply because it was so unthinkable. Then she was so good at it, they hired more women and put her in charge of the Bureau of Female Detectives. Plus, the role she played in foiling an 1861 assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln should be better known. What does it say that we all know the name of the man who killed President Lincoln but not the woman who saved him from being killed before he even got to his inauguration? I wrote GIRL IN DISGUISE to try to get her name out there in one small way; I'd love to see it everywhere.



Find out more about Kate and her books at www.katequinnauthor.com.