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Powered by cups of tea, USA Today best-selling author Sally Thorne spends her days and nights writing happily-ever-afters. Thorne’s debut rom-com The Hating Game sold in over twenty-five countries and has been adapted into a major motion picture, released in 2021 starring Lucy Hale. When she is not writing, Thorne can be found working on her dollhouse, watching K-Dramas, and spending time with her husband and her elderly pug, Delia.
Who is Sally Thorne?
I am a best-selling Australian romance author living in Canberra. I was originally bored to death in an office, until I wrote my first novel, and it changed my life. I believe I now have the best job in the entire world, and if I could tell my child-self that this is my occupation, she would be ecstatic!
What can you tell us about your new book Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match?This is a historical romance set in Salisbury, England, in 1814. I imagined that Victor Frankenstein has a spoiled, lonely sister who is desperate to fall in love, but has no more suitors. She takes matters into her own hands, and as Victor works on reanimating a man, Angelika successfully assembles and reanimates her own ideal man. He has total amnesia and wishes to find out what life or family he may have left behind.
What about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein inspired you?
I think most people know the story of Frankenstein, even if they haven’t read it. I love retellings of well-known classics, and had always planned on putting my own spin on something. When I was in a COVID-19 lockdown, I was drawn to a gothic, long-ago world, where a lot of the concerns of infectious disease were also relevant. Angelika Frankenstein feels isolated and shut away from the world in her manor house, and whilst my house isn’t as grand, that’s how I felt, too.
What three words best describe the literary flavor of your writing?
Vivid, playful and romantic!
What role did The Princess Bride play in your decision to become a writer?
An early memory of writing is when I saw this movie on a rainy day in class when I was in the third grade. I loved it so much, I went home and tried to write the novelization of the film on a typewriter. I wanted to capture the thrilling romantic feeling that it had given me. I obviously didn’t know the movie is based on an incredible book!
I never made a conscious decision to ‘become’ a writer, but I knew I enjoyed it and was good at it. Much later, when seeking a cheap creative hobby, I wrote Twilight fanfiction, and finally an original contemporary romance called The Hating Game.
What book or books got you hooked as a reader on the romance genre?
My mother and grandmothers read a lot of Harlequin novels, so I was always reading romance. I loved the guarantee of a happy-ever-after and the infinite numbers of ways a couple can reach that moment. In the mid 1990s, I was swept up in the rom-com craze of that time, with titles like Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes being strong favourites.
What three things would you take with you to a desert island?
Sunscreen, a knife, and an emergency beacon!
What is the story behind your haunted dollhouse?
I had my dollhouse Blackthorne Manor custom built ten years ago by a local craftsman because I have always wanted one. It is a spooky Victorian Gothic three-story manor house. It has flickering fireplaces, a hidden safe behind a painting, and a stuffed grizzly bear.
As I was writing about Angelika Frankenstein’s grand, dilapidated manor house, I realized I was describing my dollhouse. I love that it has its own cameo of sorts and is depicted in the map of the grounds in the front of the book. You can see my dollhouse by visiting the Instagram account, @blackthornemanor.
What is next for you as an author?
I have another book contracted, so I will begin work on finding new inspiration soon!
How can readers learn more about your books?
My website: www.sallythorneauthor.com
Or just pick one up at your favorite local bookstore!
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