Keira: If you could go back in time and give advice to your 12 year old self what would it be?
Pam Jenoff: I don’t think I would give her advice. My 12 year old self if a lot like me now (at 41!) – impatient and high-strung, trying to do everything at once. I’ve certainly made plenty of mistakes but I don’t regret them, as they’ve all contributed in getting me to this point. So I’d tell her she was doing just fine and send her on her way.
Keira: Share an interesting excerpt from The Ambassador’s Daughter:
Pam: I like this excerpt:
In England, it had been bad enough—though Papa’s academic status prevented him from being interned like so many German men, we were outsiders, eyed suspiciously at the university. I could not wear the war ribbon as the smug British girls did when their fiancés were off fighting because mine was for the wrong side. But outside of our immediate Oxford circle it had been relatively easy to fade into the crowd with my accentless English. Here, people know who we are, or will, once the conference formally begins. The recriminations will surely be everywhere.
The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.
Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, the wounded fiancé she hardly knows anymore, she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all.
Bored and torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.
Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.
Giveaway: 1 copy of The Ambassador’s Daughter is up for grabs! Open to US and CAN. Enter by asking Pam a question or leaving a comment! Last chance to enter: February 15, 2013.