I loved the Lilac Girls audio book and when it came to casting the prequel Lost Roses I asked if Kathleen Gati, (below) who played the Polish Kasia could join us again and play Sofya, a Russian former-aristocrat. Thanks to Penguin-Random House Audio’s Kelly Gildea my wish came true. Kathleen is an incredible actress, (you can see her currently on General Hospital playing the villainous Dr. Liesel Obrecht), an incredibly charming person and a master of accents, so it’s no wonder she made the part of lovely Sofya come alive so beautifully.
Kathleen teamed up once again with engineer and actor extraordinaire Dr. Bruce Mann.
My author’s note, which took me ages to get right. Don’t know how the voice actors make it look so easy.
Right out of the gate had to take a break when I got choked up reading the dedication, to my two daughters who inspired the sisters in Lost Roses. Glad I’m not quitting my day job.
Action shot of me taking yet another take.
Fangirling in the lobby.
Look for the Lost Roses audio book next month to pre-order, with Tavia Gilbert as Eliza Ferriday (Caroline’s mother), Karissa Vacker as peasant girl Varinka and Catherine Taber as Sofya’s little sister Luba and of course Kathleen Gati as former-aristocrat Sofya. Cannot WAIT to hear it all put together.