Sarah Shoemaker

Sarah Shoemaker

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and now live in a little village in northern Michigan. When I was in the third grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it has been a long and circuitous path to get there. I've been a teacher, a wife, a stay-at-home mom, a librarian and, finally, a published writer. MR. ROCHESTER, coming out May 9, 2017, is the story of the strange, sometimes imperious, sometimes playful, man that Jane Eyre falls in love with. I got the idea for the book from my book group. When we discussed JANE EYRE, our discussion, not surprisingly, fell onto Mr. Rochester as we tried to figure out what Jane saw in him. And why, in a recent poll, he was voted literature's "most romantic fictional character." I thought I had an idea, and I challenged myself to write Rochester's story, so that readers could understand him better. As Toni Morrison wrote: "If you really want to read a book but it hasn't been written yet, you must write it."

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