Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

Welcome to Author Mary Hooper

Mary Hooper is a very popular writer for children and young adults. Mary’s brilliant historical novels, At the House of the Magician, By Royal Command, The Betrayal, At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, Petals in the Ashes and The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers.

Fallen Grace, published by Bloomsbury in June 2010 and in paperback June 2011, is a thrilling tale set in the Victorian era, featuring Grace, who’s held in thrall by her own dark secret that threatens to overwhelm her and her sister.

Mary is very much in demand for her events at literary festivals and schools. She lives in Henley-on-Thames.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Absolutely the past!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Moisturiser, shampoo, a library,

What is one book everyone should read?
No such book! Everyone has different tastes, likes, wants, needs.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My mum.

One food you would never eat?
Fried eggs

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because you’ll learn all about how funerals were conducted in the 18th Century!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting letters saying I had turned girls into readers when they had never before finished a novel.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Very happy in my own world, thanks. Oh, ok, if you really want me to, I would go up the Magic Faraway Tree and live in the Land of Birthdays.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Just William (Richmal Crompton)

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Restoration London – after the Great Fire – and as long as I was very rich indeed.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
London. I would have a flat with a balcony overlooking the Thames near Tower Bridge.

What is your favorite Quote?
You are responsible for your own happiness.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A mummy.

How did you know you should become an author?
When I sold the first short story I ever wrote.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There’s a little bit of me in all of them, and a little bit of them in me.

Hidden talent?
I have been racking my brains about this…I can crochet – does that count?

Favorite Food?

Favorite Candy?
Chocolate bars (fruit and nut)

How do you react to a bad review?
Call down curses on the reviewer’s head. And then forget it.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
The flat on the Thames (see above).

What do you do in your free time?
I am very good at pottering.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Harry Potter (I would be in that flat by now).

Favorite places to travel?
I love Devon and Cornwall (in the south west of England) for nostalgic reasons and also because of the beautiful and (sometimes) deserted coves for swimming.

Favorite music?
Rolling Stones

Thanks Mary for the great interview! 
Thanks to Bloomsbury, I’ve got an extra ARC of Fallen Grace for giveaway.

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper:
Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant’s body in a rich lady’s coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper’s grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace’s life. But Grace doesn’t know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.

Giveaway Deatils:
1 ARC of Fallen Grace
Open to US only
Ends 3/16

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