1. Goodness, this book sounds up my alley! I love that she wore bonnets to school; while I didn’t go that far I had a very “prairie” looking dress I was quite obsessed with.

    I’d invite Emily Byrd Starr and Betsy Ray, and I’m sure we’d be talking about writing long after the tea was gone…

  2. Elizabeth Bennett. No question. As much as I like Scarlett O’Hara, she and I would have nothing to talk about and Scout Finch might be just too restless for a proper tea time. Tiffany Aching would just show up with several Wee Free Men and if I didn’t have enough cake and bikkies there’d be havoc.

    So, Lizzie it must be. And we’d have a fine time.



  3. Lizzie Bennet, of course. But Dorothea Brook Causabon Ladislaw as well, and Fanny Price, because I think Lizzie would bring out their humorous sides. I’d invite Harriet the Spy, just so she’d know that being a grownup will be okay, too, and Cordelia Vorkosigan because she is awesome. Phillipa Somerville Crawford, ditto.

  4. Curtis Sittenfeld. I read nearly all of her titles (Prep, Man of my Dreams, American Dream) and I love how descriptive she can in her writing. It makes me something I can fall into easily (which believe it or not, it’s not always easy for me to just fall into a novel) and I can tell I can learn a few things from a writer like that.

  5. Thanks for pointing me here, Melodye. I’d invite Jo March, but probably for apples in the attic and not for tea, given her well-known taste for garrets and informality. And I’d be delighted to meet Laurie King’s Mary Russell, too. (Though I won’t enter the contest — I don’t want to make you shell out $$ to mail a book to the UK!)

    Thank you for the interview, both of you. It was fascinating to hear how Erin narrowed down the list and chose the chapter titles.

  6. Lovely interview. I’d love a chance to curl up with Erin’s book.

    I would probably ask Molly Grue over for tea, and ask her what it was really like to know a unicorn.

  7. Well of course I can’t wait to read a book written by someone who wore bonnets and prairie dresses to school!

    Love Laura Ingalls, but not so much her gingerbread with chocolate frosting. I’m glad Amy invited Jo March, who I adore, but Jo’s sister Amy would probably have better desserts, so I’m going with her. She’d tell Jo to forget about the apples and think of something more likely to be on a table in Paris.

  8. I am SO scooping this one up tomorrow! Cannot wait to sit down with it, in fact!

    The literary heroines I’d most like to sit down with are, in no particular order: Elizabeth Bennet, Jo March, and Hermione Granger.

  9. Re: one heroine

    Oh, WOW. Good question! I have wondered that myself. The detractor and self-diminisher in thinks he was focused on other things; the possible booster in me thinks he liked my voice and my bookishness. I do know that he is damn good and that he thinks in terms of careers, not individual works, and it’s rubbed off!

  10. OOH! What a wonderful concept for a book!

    I’d invite Jane Eyre, for her wisdom and wit. And her heart–so full of love and hope, in spite of being downtrodden and criticized most of her life.

    Her inner strength inspires me.

  11. Prevail! 🙂

    This was a fun interview, and I especially loved what Erin learned about herself while writing the book.

    I’m thinking I’d invite Harriet the Spy, Miss Marple, and Charlotte (the spider). That would make for some lively conversation.

  12. Great interview and the book sounds wonderful! My first thought was to have tea with the Bronte’s, following a walk on the moors, but it sounds so…grim. So I’m thinking maybe a coffee shake with E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver.

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