MFT Interview and Giveaway with Sara Poole

Welcome to Day 2 of Historical Week! Today on the blog I’ve got the talented Sara Poole, author of Poison, The Borgia Betrayal, and much more! Sara was nice enough to answer a few of my questions, and courtesy of St.Martins Press, I have 2 copies of The Borgia Betrayal for giveaway (please see details at the bottom of the post.)

Please welcome Sara to the blog!

Sara, you’re already a bestselling author…what made you decide to venture into Historical fiction?

I’ve always loved to read historical fiction. When the right idea came along, I knew that the time had come to try my hand writing it.

History, especially the Renaissance period, is full of colorful characters. What made you choose the Borgias?

The idea of a character who is a young woman working as a professional poisoner sprang virtually full-blown into my mind. The moment I started to think about her, I wondered where she might be. The answer seemed obvious–Renaissance Italy and the Borgias.

Poison, your first novel about the Borgias, is a richly layered tapestry, full of intrigue and mystery. What kind of research did you do, and how long did it take you to write?

It took me the better part of a year to write “Poison”, not in the least because I’m obsessive about research. A part of me really believes that there is no such thing as too much research. Fortunately, there’s another part that understands research can become a substitute for actually writing. I try to find a good balance between both.

A wonderful novel deserves a beautiful cover, and Poison certainly delivers! Did you have any say on what the cover would look like?

My publisher, St. Martin’s Press is very good about accepting input from me on the covers. I don’t have the final say by any means, but I’ve been very pleased with the results. I think the cover for the next book, “The Borgia Betrayal” is even better.

The Borgia Betrayal, your second Borgia novel, just came out on June 7th! How many more books do you have planned for the series?

I’ve written the third book in the series and I’m hoping to write more. I know my main character, Francesca Giordano’s story from where it begins in 1492 to its conclusion many years later. I even know the final scene so I definitely want a chance to get to it.

The research involved regarding poisonous plants must have been extensive for Poison. Have you always had an interest in botany?

I have always been interested in botany. In fact, at one time I considered it as a career until I realized that the need to write fiction was simply too great. My interest in poisonous plants in particular was sparked when I noticed how many of them grow all around us.

When you’re not writing wonderful novels, how do you like to spend your free time?

These days, I’m spending more time than ever helping to market my books, especially on line. I hope readers will visit They can also find me on Facebook at

Is there any news on upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

Besides finishing the third book in the series (hopefully for publication in 2012), I’m researching future books. The more immersed I become in the world of the Borgias, the more fascinated I am by it.

Read my review of Poison


About the book:
In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almost a year. Having played a crucial role in helping him ascend the chair of Saint Peter, Francesca, haunted by the shadows of her own past, is now charged with keeping him there. As court poisoner to the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy, this mistress of death faces a web of peril, intrigue, and deceit that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance. As dangers close in from every direction, Francesca conceives a desperate plan that puts her own life at risk and hurls her into a nightmare confrontation with a madman intent on destroying all she is pledged to protect. From the hidden crypts of fifteenth-century Rome to its teeming streets alive with sensuality, obsession, and treachery, Francesca must battle the demons of her own dark nature to unravel a plot to destroy the Borgias, seize control of Christendom, and plunge the world into eternal darkness.


  1. The covers on these books are gorgeous, the dresses are stunning! Both books seem like fantastic reads for historical fiction fans like myself. Thant you so much for the chance to win one of them.

  2. WOW!!! I enjoy historical romance -especially during the Renaissance period!!! I've never read Sarah Poole's material. I'm very intrigued to do so!!! This is a great interview & interesting sounding series!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂


  3. Thank you for the chance to win! This series is new to me, and I'm going to check it out!
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  4. I'm definitely going to check out this series– love historical fiction! And the covers are indeed stunning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Awesome giveaway!

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  6. Ishita aka Fishy

    HI !!! historical fiction is like my favorite genre…..i am so excited for these books !

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  7. I love historical fiction and am just starting to get back into it after a too long hiatus. Sounds like these books would be a good way to get me back into it fully. Love those covers!
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  8. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres! Beautiful covers. Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I've never heard of an official poisoner! Sounds interesting!!! :O)

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  10. I absolutely adore historicals! Thanks so much 🙂

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  11. This book sounds interesting. I love the cover of it. Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. WOOO!!! Thanks for the super generous giveaway! I really REALLY badly want to read this!


  13. These books sound really interesting. I love historical novels!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  14. Poison and Italy? I must read this book! Thank you so much for the great intervew and giveaway!


  15. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Botany is interesting. Makes me want to read this more! Great giveaway!
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  16. This sounds like an interesting read. I'm always appreciative of authors who put so much time into research.

  17. thank you for the giveaway!!!! i have Sarah's 1st book!!!!


  18. Tipsy -

    Why must you tease?! I fell in love with those books in the last post lol. A must read(s) for sure!

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  19. Another amazing giveaway! I am so into historical books!

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  20. Thanks for introducing me to these books! 🙂


  21. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    ooh, this looks fantastic!! Thank you so much! i'd seen the first one before, but i didn't know about the second book.

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  22. Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me in contest.

  23. Thank you for this giveaway!

    I've been wanting to read this book for a while!


  24. Offbeat Vagabond

    These books sound amazing. And it is so true, the covers are very nice. I like that your love for botany made you come up with such a great concept. I have never heard of a professional poisoner before. I can see why you were intrigued by that. So interesting. If poisonous plants grow around us all the time, I am definitely scared now (just thought of the Happening, now starring at bushes outside my window. Yup, I am paranoid now LOL) Great interview and giveaway guys, thank you so much 🙂

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  25. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd LOVE to read this!

    Miss Lauren

  26. Thank you so much for these giveaways! I love this author's novels =) edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  27. I have both of these books on my TBR list. They are going to be so good and I love the covers. They are eye-catching.


  28. I have been waiting to read both of these, thanks for the chance to win! Great interview as well, sounds like the author put a lot of time and research into these.


  29. They look like really interesting reads.
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  30. huzzah! what times! looks like a good read. i especially love the music that came forth from the renaissance period.
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  31. These books sound really good! Thank you for the giveaway!
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  32. great giveaway
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  33. I forget how much I love historical fiction, but these make me want to dive right back in to them!


  34. I love historical fiction! Thanks for the chance to win and for the interview. 🙂


  35. I haven't read this author yet but her books look like something I would really like! Thanks for a great giveaway:)

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  36. These books sound really good and I love their covers!
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  37. This book sounds really interesting! I'd love a chance to win!

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  38. I was just telling my fiance about the Borgias! Those were some crazy times. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  39. Linda: By the Book

    I have to say Poison was awesome! So happy to be able to win the second book!

    Eeek! Poisonous plants all around me?
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  40. hedgerhousehold

    Thanks for the giveaway
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  41. Jules@OneBookShy

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I have read just a bit about the Borgias and find them quite interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
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  42. I love reading historical fiction about the Tudors and Borgias!

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  43. Michelle @ The True Book Addict

    Ooooh, the Borgias…how can anyone resist?! Thanks for the giveaway!


  44. Logan E. Turner

    Professional poisoner? Love it!


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