Wednesday, March 6, 2013


What is the working title of your book?
The Obituary Writer.
Where did the idea come from?

What genre does you book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would like Kate Winslet to be Vivien, the Obituary Writer. And Naomi Watts to be Claire.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Two women from two different eras try to find love, recover from loss, and find their role in a changing world.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is represented by my agent, and published by WW Norton.
IHow long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I can't remember. Three years for the final draft though.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe The Rules of Civility.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I feel like this was answered in what gave me the idea? 
What else about your book might pique the readers' interest?
I tried my hand here at a mystery: Will Vivien find her lost lover? And I really think that makes The Obituary Writer a page turner. There is also a surprise connection between my two main characters. I guess the more I write, the more intereste di become in plot, with all its twists and turns and possibilities.
The Next Big Thing:

Up next here: Hester Kaplan and her terrific novel The Tell, which delves into the mysteries of love and addiction with gorgeous language and great insight.