Lindas Book Obsession Interviews Author Rebecca Rosenberg ,”The Secret Life of Mrs. London”

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  • Linda: What is your motivation or inspiration for writing “The Secret Life of Mrs. London”?
Rebecca: I live on a lavender farm in Sonoma Valley, the VALLEY OF THE MOON, where Jack
London wrote fifty + books from Beauty Ranch 1900-1916, SEA WOLF, CALL OF THE WILD,
THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS. I have been reading his novels for thirty years (oopps! that 
dates me, doesn’t it!) The mystical tale of THE STAR ROVER and agrarian dream of VALLEY
OF THE MOON are my favorites. The later is really autobiographical of Jack and Charmian’s
  In   fact,   so   many   of   London’s  heroines   were   modeled   after   Charmian,   smart,
talented, educated, with a strong will of her own. I started to become curious about Charmian 
herself and read the books she wrote: HAWAII and LOG OF THE SNARK. Her adventurous
spirit  spoke  to me.  In  early 1900’s  Charmian  London was  a  free-lover,  educated,  a concert
pianist, champion horsewoman, painter, writer and editor/typist for Jack London. She craved 
Jack London’s genius, but it exhausted her as well.


 

  • Linda: What would you like the reader to take away after reading your story? 
Rebecca: I want there to be lots of burning questions! What are the costs of love? How much are
you willing to give of yourself to support your husband? Is infidelity worth losing a friend? What
 value are your own needs over your spouses? Is love about getting what you need and want?
I am posting the readers guide on my website, to spur reader’s conversations in book club, or
with friends. Lots of man/woman/marriage/love/friendship issues to discuss! Go to my website,
http://www.rebecca-rosenberg.com for a readers guide for questions. 
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Linda: How were you able to do your research for the many details and historical facts in the
story?
I am lucky enough to live five minutes
from Beauty Ranch, which is now  Jack London Park. Here  we are with friends at the Jack
London Gala! You can experience  it too! There is so much to  learn   from the Happy Walls
Museum, touring the cottage where they lived, exploring Wolf House ruins where the mysterious
fire destroyed before they moved in. You can hike the trails up to the duck and swimming pond,
ride horses through the giant, fragrant redwoods, marvel at the pig palace and shire horse barns,
and old winery. It is truly an amazing place. I wrote much of the book in their cottage by the koy 

Charmian London’s diary is at the Huntington Library, which is very helpful! I also searched the 
Huntington Library photographs and articles. 


 

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  • Charmian  London’s  biography   of   Jack   London   set   the  tone   of   her     I   also   read  3 
biographies of Jack London, and articles and research about the women in his life. I also had 
correspondence with Clarice Statz, a foremost Jack London historian. On the Houdini side, we
went to the Houdini museum in New York City, and visited his brownstone. I read 2 biographies,
 and many Houdini books. He was a prolific writer, too! I became an avid fan of Houdini lore
through WILD ABOUT HOUDINI website and blog, by John Cox. He’s amazing! Of course,
where would we be without the internet. If I had an odd question to ask, the internet has the
answer, often with the best historians researching, or newspaper articles. There were so many 
newspaper articles written about Jack London and Houdini.
  • Linda: What do you do in your downtime , or are there any hobbies that you enjoy? 
Rebecca: I love lavender! I am drawing up a new plan for our 5 acre lavender fields, because it
burned along with our house and barn in the Sonoma fires of October, 2017.
I   love   my   King   Charles   Cavalier,   named   Maxcy,   for   a   character   in   my   upcoming   novel,  
”MATCHLESS!” 
I play Mahjong and drink champagne with Mahjong Majesties every Friday.
Of course, I read. I have more than 200 books waiting for me on kindle! I belong to 3 book
groups.

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  • We love to travel. In April, I am traveling to France for a writer’s retreat with my writing group,
called Darling Buds. We meet every week on  ZOOM, and  critique each other’s work, even
though we live in California, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Australia!
Linda: What are your plans about writing another book? Can you give us a sneak peak?
 
Rebecca: The novel I am writing now is the first of a series, CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS, about 
the   five   widows   from   1800-1935   who   made   the   champagne   industry   the   world-famous
phenomenon it is today. I’ve had a lot of fun researching this one! We’ve been to Champagne
region three times, and are going back to France in April! Follow me on my Facebook page, and
 I’ll post excerpts as soon as I can.

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