NKU alumna set to follow up successful debut novel with 'New Money'

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Thursday – May 30, 2013

- Lorraine Zago Rosenthal was always a fan of television, film and literature, and that interest inspired her to create her own stories.

Fiction writing began as a hobby for Rosenthal, who earned her Master of Arts in English from Northern Kentucky University in 2010. Then, in 2011, her first novel, “Other Words for Love,” was published by Random House (Delacorte Press). It quickly made its way to Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month for Young Readers” in January 2011.

The young adult fiction work continues to resonate with readers. “Although ‘Other Words for Love’ was published more than two years ago, I still hear from readers who enjoyed the book and feel a connection to the story and its main character,” she said.

Rosenthal’s follow-up work, “New Money,” is the story of a young Southern woman of modest means who suddenly finds herself thrust into New York’s high society when she discovers she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire. The novel, which is scheduled for release by St. Martin’s Press (Thomas Dunne Books) later this year, has already been optioned by Sony Pictures Television. The sequel to “New Money” will be published in 2014.

Rosenthal was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she earned a master’s degree in education at USF before enrolling in NKU’s English master’s program, where her studies concentrated on American and British literature. In addition to writing novels, she also serves as a freelance writer and currently reviews DVD film and television releases for PopMatters, a popular culture webzine.

She is married to Lawrence Rosenthal, Associate Dean for Academics at the NKU Chase College of Law.

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