Why NYC? by Kate Mitchell
My name is Kate Mitchell and I’m the author of the novel Aureole. It came out in July on Kindle and on Amazon paperback, and follows a girl trying to figure out who she is while living with an extremely wealthy family in New York City. Jess deals with maintaining who she is, what she stands for, and where she feels like she belongs. After all – does she belong in New York City, where she has lived for her entire life?
When I was writing Aureole and when I started advertising it, I regularly got the same confused question: “Why is it set in New York City? Have you ever spent a lot of time there?” Personally, I think that it is a very valid question. Why is it set in New York City? After al, the answer to the second question is no, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time there. Yes, I have been there as a tourist, but I never lived there, and I definitely have never been a part of the Upper East Side elite.
What, then, drew me to NYC? The answer is simple: in a city this big, famous for so much, I could easily set an extremely wealthy family who would see taking in a less-fortunate girl as a charity project, and not as a serious decision needing days or weeks to consider.
If you’re not all that familiar with Aureole, then you should know that it’s based on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. In that novel, Fanny’s aunt’s family takes her in. However, Jess couldn’t be related to the Bishops in order for her to develop a crush on Eddy – yes, that’s a spoiler – so I had to change something. I changed a lot, actually, so if you think you know Mansfield Park that doesn’t mean you know Aureole.
More than the Jess/Bishops component about the setting, though, is that where else can you feasibly get the glitz, glam, money, and drama that the Bishops and Jess experience but NYC? By setting Aureole in a world made famous by shows like Gossip Girl, I got to have so much more fun than if it was set somewhere else.
And you know what? I really did have a lot of fun writing it. I hope you have just as much fun reading it.
Aureole is available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback at http://amzn.to/N2eEOu. Kate Mitchell and be found online at http://kmitchellauthor.com and http://katethealmostgreat.blogspot.com, on Twitter @kmitchellauthor, and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Jessica Carleton, a shy eleven year old from a poor family in Brooklyn who had their fair share of trouble, goes to live with the wealthy Bishop family on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she quickly learns that just because you have money does not mean you’re happy. As the years pass, she grows to love the family, and although they never officially consider her to be a member of it, she becomes an important part all the same.
Everything goes well until the Christensons arrive a little over ten years later. A devious, clever, and good-looking brother and sister from Connecticut, individually they stir up trouble, but together they wreak havoc. Soon enough Jess realizes that unless she stands up for herself for the first time in her life, she will lose all that she has come to treasure. She has to make a choice: either lose the family that never really accepted her and try to start over one more time, or take a stand for what she believes in. For the quiet, unassuming young woman, this is no easy decision.
A different kind of coming of age story for anyone who has ever been unsure of themselves, this novel watches over the Bishop family in Manhattan and all of their endeavors. It follows Jess as she makes mistakes, does her best to correct them, and maybe, just maybe, works her way into the hearts of the Bishop family for good using her heart, her mind, and without using money at all.