Interview: SST: Blog Tour: An interview with Mackenzi Lee, author of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

interview with author mackenzi lee

Today, Sarcasm&Lemons is honored to host Mackenzi Lee, author of the fabulous gay Victorian supernatural adventure tale A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. If you haven't read it yet, get on that! It's one of the funniest, most charming books I've read in a long time. With the cheeky bent history of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the supernatural adventure of Something Strange and Deadly, and the swoon-inducing romance of Simon and the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, it's sure to be a YA classic. Mackenzi was lovely enough to answer a few questions about her work and herself.

  1. What was the strangest fact you came across in your research?
There were more gay bars and clubs in London in the 1750s than there were in the 1950s! Whodathought?

  1. Which character do you identify with most: Monty, Percy, or Felicity?
Monty, definitely. Which is probably not the most endearing answer, but Monty is, of all my characters, the one closest to me (and his voice is closest to mine).

  1. What do you hope readers get out of reading Monty's story?
I hope they go seek out more narratives about minorities or marginalized people in history. I also hope the book shows people that historical fiction isn’t always dry and boring--it can be super fun!  

  1. What other novels would you recommend to readers who loved your book and are looking for something similar?
The Jacky Faber books by LA Meyer, Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettle, and Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

  1. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Balancing contemporary ideas and historical ones to make the book feel rooted in the past but still relatable to a modern reader.

  1. Any chance of more Monty, Percy, and/or Felicity in our readerly futures?
    Yes, but I can’t talk about it yet :)

Thanks so much for this, Mackenzie!

more about the book

Synopsis (GR):
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

About the Author:

Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

check out the rest of the tour! 

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Review -  YA and Wine
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6/25 Tour Blog Stops
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1 comment:

  1. Hi CJ! I was just reading your previous post and it looks like you had a simply brilliant time at BEA! I loved reading your recap and I'll be back for when you post day two.

    Thanks also for sharing this lovely interview with Mackenzi and for being a part of the Blog Tour!

    Aditi @