Author Stories Podcast Episode 1194 | Mackenzi Lee Interview
Today’s author interview guest is Mackenzi Lee, author of The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings Book 3).
Return to the enchanting world of the Montague siblings in the finale to the New York Times bestselling and Stonewall Honor-winning series, featuring a teenage Adrian Montague as he desperately seeks the now adult Monty and Felicity—the older siblings he never knew he had.
Adrian Montague has a bright future. The sole heir to his father’s estate, he is an up and coming political writer and engaged to an activist who challenges and inspires him. But most young Lords aren’t battling the debilitating anxiety Adrian secretly lives with, or the growing fear that it might consume him and all he hopes to accomplish. In the wake of his mother’s unexpected death, Adrian is also concerned people will find out that he has the mental illness she struggled with for years.
When a newly found keepsake of hers—a piece of a broken spyglass—comes into Adrian’s possession, he’s thrust into the past and finds himself face to face with an older brother he never knew he had. Henry “Monty” Montague has been living quietly in London for years, and his sudden appearance sends Adrian on a quest to unravel family secrets that only the spyglass can answer.
In pursuit of answers about the relic, the brothers chart a course to locate their sister Felicity. But as they travel between the pirate courts of Rabat, Portuguese islands, the canals of Amsterdam, and into unknown Artic waters, the Montague siblings are thrown into one final adventure as they face a ghostly legend that threatens their whole family.
MACKENZI LEE HOLDS A BA IN HISTORY AND AN MFA FROM SIMMONS COLLEGE IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. HER SHORT FICTION AND NONFICTION HAS APPEARED IN ATLAS OBSCURA, THE BOSTON GLOBE, CRIXEO, AND THE NEWPORT REVIEW, AMONG OTHERS.
HER DEBUT NOVEL, THIS MONSTROUS THING, WON THE PEN-NEW ENGLAND SUSAN P. BLOOM CHILDREN’S BOOK DISCOVERY AWARD. HER SECOND NOVEL, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE WAS A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, AN ABA BESTSELLER, WAS AWARDED A 2018 STONEWALL BOOK AWARD HONOR AND THE NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD, AND IS CURRENTLY BEING ADAPTED FOR HBO BY GREG BERLANTI. THE SEQUEL, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY, DEBUTED AT #3 ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST AMID CRITICAL PRAISE. SHE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF BYGONE BADASS BROADS, A COLLECTION OF SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF WOMEN IN HISTORY YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT BUT SHOULD, BASED ON HER VIRAL TWITTER SERIES OF THE SAME NAME, AND THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 50 DOGS, WHICH IS THE SAME BUT DOGS. SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A SERIES FOR MARVEL, WHICH KICKED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2019 WITH LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES. SHE WAS NAMED TO THE FORBES 30 UNDER 30 CLASS OF 2020 FOR HER WORK IN BRINGING MINORITY NARRATIVES TO HISTORICAL FICTION AND NON FICTION.
SHE LOVES DIET COKE, SWEATER WEATHER, AND STAR WARS. ON A PERFECT DAY, SHE CAN BE FOUND ENJOYING ALL THREE WITH HER ST. BERNARD, QUEENIE.