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Tosca Lee Interview

Posted by Josh Olds On March - 6 - 2013

Josh Olds and Kelsie Beers recently caught up with New York Times Bestselling Author Tosca Lee to discuss her long-anticipated novel Iscariot. Come listen in as we pick her mind on a whole host of issues, from the experience of writing a novel like Iscariot to her recent book tour to the promote the novel.

Tosca Lee stands head and shoulders above the crowds of writers out there. With a deft hand and a passionate spirit, she grants us a beautiful glimpse into history. Beyond that, she peels back the layers of all we’ve ever known and shows us a new way to view God’s grace, mercy and abundant love. – Lori Twichell, Fiction Addict.


Tosca Lee has the heart of a poet, the mind of the scholar, and the imagination of a novelist. The three have melded here in harmony to produce a thought-provoking, comfort-disrupting, and heart-rattling tale of history’s most famous Betrayer. – Josh Olds, Life is Story.


Tosca Lee is a critically-acclaimed author known for speculative fiction. Her religiously-themed, sometimes controversial books are best known for their lyrical prose, extensive research, and vivid imagery.

Lee was born on December 1, 1969 in Roanoke, Virginia. Her father, a first-generation Korean who initially entertained dreams of becoming an opera tenor before he went on to establish himself as a leading academic in the area of business management, named her after his favorite Puccini opera, “Tosca.” Lee’s mother is a native Nebraskan, whose ancestors include one of the state’s early women pioneers.

Growing up, Lee won numerous writing awards and contests. She would not think of herself as a writer, however, until much later. As a young adult, she pursued classical ballet and piano. She received her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in English Language and Literature. She also studied International Economics at Oxford University. While at Smith, Lee wrote her first novel—a story of the Stonehenge people of Salisbury plain—which has not been published.

Tosca can be found lurking on Facebook or Twitter and you can keep up with all her writing projects at ToscaLee.com.

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