Today we're joined by author Rose Lerner, whose True Pretenses, the second in her Lively St. Lemeston series, is out next week. True Pretenses' hero is a con man, trying to help his brother get out of the game. Rose has joined us to talk about the truths and fictions of con artists. Thanks, Rose!
I absolutely love fictional con artists. There are many reasons for this:
A.) I find competence very sexy, especially at things I can't do so well myself. Con artists are good at risk-taking, rule-breaking, thinking on their feet, being cool as a cucumber, and social interaction. A con man hero is a bad boy who uses his brain to be bad. Nerd catnip!
B.) I love unreliable narrators, and plot twists that make everything that came before SO MUCH COOLER. Con stories are great at both.
C.) I love watching someone who isn't in touch with her own feelings and doesn't know how to have a meaningful, close relationship fall in love.
I could go on.