Have you ever edited historical YA fiction before? What research did you have to do to make sure that the book was accurate to the time period? Since both agent and author are British, I relied a lot on them to tell me. I got all of the titles wrong at first. Leila is quite knowledgeable on that time period and she's done a lot of research.
How much input did you have into the cover? Are you happy with the way it turned out? I love the cover. We did a photo shoot for it. I wanted it to look like we had just interrupted a moment. We hired a stylist and went with her to a costume warehouse were we used clothes from the time period. We had a blast.
|Leila Rasheed, Author|
Cinders and Sapphires has been marketed as having appeal to fans of Downton Abbey. Are you a fan of the show? What types of things in the novel do you think will appeal to fans of the show? I love Downton! I think what's appealing is the whole servant/gentry concept. That people actually lived like that, and not too long ago. We liked examining a lot of the social and political taboos of the time as well. I think Leila did a great job of getting deeper into issues like suffrage and racism and that makes for a much more rewarding read.