Eliza Starts a Rumor is one of the best books I’ve read this year! Based in Hudson Valley, this book shares the story of what happens when a rumor is started in an online forum. This book is about to power of friendship in women, overcoming anxiety and difficult situations, is funny and has some romantic comedy! It’s a perfect summer read! Grab your copy here. Author, Jane L. Rosen took a few minutes to talk with us! Find out more about her and the book in the Q + A below.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer and how did you get started? A: I pretty much always wanted to be a writer, but got waylaid in college and chose another path. I got started again in screenwriting, selling my first script to Miramax.
Q: What inspired you to write Eliza Starts a Rumor A: The popularity and antics on community message boards inspired me to write Eliza. They are brimming with drama and comedy.
Q: The theme of female friendship is woven throughout this story. Why was this theme so important for you to write?A: I believe that with the support of female friendship a woman can get through anything that is thrown her way. I wanted to remind everyone of that.
Q: My favorite character was Jackie! I loved his take on raising a teen daughter. Who was your favorite character and why?
A: I love Jackie too! When he deals with his daughter getting her period, even though I wrote it, I laugh every time.
Q: After reading this story set in Hudson Valley, I’ve added it to my list of places to visit. What made you decide on this setting? A: I wanted the setting to be more country than suburban, but still outside of NYC. It’s a beautiful part of New York, you should definitely check it out.
Q: Do you think online groups are more helpful or hurtful in today’s society? A: I would say helpful. (Though you may know that I was booted from one because of how they were portrayed in the book https://pagesix.com/2020/12/21/ues-mommas-facebook-group-bans-author-for-hitting-too-close-to-hom )
Q: What do you hope readers will take away from this book? A: That you are not alone. And that if you sweep your problems under the rug they wont stay hidden forever.
Q: I’ve added Nine Women, One Dress to my to-read list. What can I expect from this book? A: A fashionable romp through New York City with many different characters and one fabulous little black dress.
Q: What is your family’s favorite summer activity? A: Playing Softball and reading on the beach.
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