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L.M. Elliott

LOUISA JUNE AND THE NAZIS IN THE WAVES Nerd Blast

Sean Penn

BOB HONEY WHO JUST DO STUFF

Leigh Lewis

PIRATE QUEENS Nerd Blast

Tom Bilyeu

Impact Theory

Veronica Henry

THE QUARTER STORM Official Blog Tour

William L. Myers Jr.

A KILLER'S ALIBI

Stacy Hackney

THE SISTERS OF LUNA ISLAND Nerd Blast

E.E. KNight

NOVICE DRAGONEER

Robert McCaw

DEATH OF A MESSENGER

Gregg Olsen

SNOW CREEK Podcast

Josh Duhamel

THE BUDDY GAMES

N.E. Davenport

THE BLOOD TRIALS Nerd Blast

Evie Green

WE HEAR VOICES

Jennifer Marie Brissett

DESTROYER OF LIGHT Blog Tour

Barbara Dee

VIOLETS ARE BLUE Nerd Blast

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Katie & Kevin Tsang Interview - Dragon City


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Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. As well as the DRAGON REALM series, they are the co-writers of the young fiction series SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID (Egmont) and Katie also writes YA as Katherine Webber.
  

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Katie: Stories connect people! They are a wonderful way to understand other experiences, but most of all they provide entertainment and an escape from reality.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Kevin: Hearing from our readers! We love when readers take the time to write us letters and tell us that the books are meaningful to them.

Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Katie: I can’t remember not wanting to be a writer, it always was my dream job!
Kevin: I loved telling stories, but I didn’t realise that I could be a writer until I met Katie and saw how driven she was to pursue being an author. And then she took me along on the ride!

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
We are currently working on the 5th book in the Dragon Realm series, as well as a new young fiction series called Space Blasters. Katie also writes YA novels so is working on edits for one of her YA novels.

In your newest book; DRAGON CITY, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
KT: Dragon City is set in an alternate future run by evil dragons, and our heroes have to survive and save the day!

What part of Billy did you enjoy writing the most?
KT: Billy is very loyal and cares a lot for his friends, we really enjoyed writing that, as well as his bond with his dragon Spark.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing DRAGON CITY?
KT: There is one scene in particular between Billy and Spark that we both found very emotional!

Last thing you made with your own hands?
Kevin: I love cooking, so I made homemade tortillas recently
Katie: I do lots of crafts with our young daughter, so the last thing I made was a painting with her.

What is your greatest adventure?
Having a family together and writing books together.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
Katie: A Wrinkle in Time, I loved that it was an epic adventure with family relationships at its heart
Kevin: Jurassic Park – I loved how exciting it was!

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Taking care of our 6 month old daughter!

TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
(we did some as a couple and some individually)
  • We met studying abroad in Hong Kong
  • We’ve travelled to over 40 countries together
  • Kevin loves to grill
  • Katie loves to eat cookies but is a terrible baker because she gets distracted
  • Kevin is afraid of sharks
  • Katie was born in San Diego, California
  • Kevin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kevin’s favorite sweet is salty licorice
  • Katie loves anything spicy
  • We had our wedding on a mountain in Palm Springs
Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from DRAGON CITY
One of our favorite scenes is the opening scene in chapter 2…enjoy!

CHAPTER 2
DRAGON TEETH

Billy Chan was inside a dragon’s mouth.

It was hot, damp and it smelled terrible. And, of course, there was the ever-present danger that the dragon might decide to crush Billy between his jaws.

He peered out from behind the dragon’s sharp teeth. “Could you open up a little wider? There’s something stuck back here,” he called out.

The dragon, who had sleek black scales and flowing silver whiskers, as well as a surprising and impressively long silver beard, grumbled but unhinged his jaws a bit so Billy had more space to move around.

“Thank you!” Billy said, repositioning himself so he had better access to the dragon’s back molars. Because Billy Chan, twelve-year-old surfer from California, was currently spending his days cleaning dragon teeth.

“Ugh,” he muttered under his breath, as he picked out something with feathers from in-between the dragon’s back two teeth. “What is this?” Why couldn’t dragons have toothbrushes?


Book 3 of the Dragon Realm series.
Billy Chan and his friends have been transported 5,000 years into the future where the evil Dragon of Death has become ruler of Dragon City. Humans now live to serve the dragon population, and it’s no different for Billy, Charlotte, Dylan, and Ling-Fei. After losing contact with their own dragons, they’re determined to track them down in this new city, even if it means putting their own lives at risk. But one dragon has turned to the dark side and has no plans to return. With the help of a new clan of dragons, can the four friends undo the Dragon of Death’s villainous work—or will she triumph eternally?
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Catherine Drake Interview - The Treehouse on Dog River Road


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Catherine Drake lives with her husband in Stowe, Vermont. The Treehouse on Dog River Road is her first novel.

Catherine fell in love with Vermont when she moved there shortly after her wedding and is still starry-eyed for the state, saying this about the people and culture: “People have a greater understanding that the land shapes us and that we must rely on it to survive. Farms, cows, being outdoors, and Maple Syrup are BIG.”

While she has lived up and down the east coast in rural, suburban, and urban areas and traveled extensively throughout the US, Catherine feels there is no equivalent to Vermont and has devoted The Treehouse on Dog River Road as a love letter to it.

Catherine was inspired to tackle the subject of work/life/love balance in today’s world after having witnessed scores of young women look for meaningful careers after college.

        
  

Greatest thing you learned in school. 
In my early years, I learned to identify power dynamics in female friendships and that was a great thing to understand at a young age.

What was your favorite book as a child? 
 The Giving Tree – it is mentioned in my novel. I’m a huge tree fan.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us? 
Passing wisdom, history and cautionary tales down through the ages keeps our culture, families and values alive.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
 My younger sister died right as I was finishing. I was shattered and it threw me off course for a year. I am heartbroken that she never got to read the entire book.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us? 
I am currently outlining the book that I have been longing to write. It is a contemporary story of a grandmother, mother and 16-year-old daughter, each experiencing transitions in their lives, who, due to unexpected circumstances, end up together on a road trip to a most unexpected place.

In your newest book, THE TREEHOUSE ON DOG RIVER ROAD, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it. 
At 28, Hannah Spencer is disillusioned with her current life. After college she had followed her friends to Boston and ended up living a life that she never imagined for herself. She makes an abrupt decision to leave her well-paying job and take some time to reconsider what she wants to do and where she wants to live. This respite takes the form of a move to Vermont to take care of her niece and nephew for the summer. There, while building them a treehouse, she falls for Nathan who complicates her desire to embark on a new life out west. The book explores a young woman putting her life on hold to take stock and uncovers what is truly important to her in her quest to create her best life.

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from THE TREEHOUSE ON DOG RIVER ROAD
  • The first line of the book “I’m against it, but I’m not above it.” This quote sums up Hannah’s dilemma of how she has spent the last few years of her life.
  • The first time Hannah takes the kids out for the day and realizes how hard her summer is going to be.
  • Hannah and Nathan’s first “date” on the backyard deck while the kids are asleep upstairs.
  • The wedding scene – a barn wedding on a beautiful day in Vermont. Lots of fun, lots of drama.
  • The storm. Based on true events that happened during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
I hope readers are carried away while reading but when they are finished, I hope that they are inspired to contemplate their own choices about where they live, who they bring into their lives and their careers. I hope readers notice all the things that make Hannah fall in love with Nathan and vice versa - things such as Nathan giving Hannah space to make her own decision and Hannah recognizing that Nathan is a great guy, not because he is a rich, famous, or handsome character trope, but because of the choices he makes, the things he does and the respect he shows her.

What part of Hannah did you enjoy writing the most? 
I loved writing Hannah’s progression of figuring out what she wants to do with her life. She’s literally all over the map with ideas, but she figures it out in the end. I also enjoyed writing her slow burn romance with Nathan.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I would introduce Nora, the six-year-old girl, to Ramona Quinby. Together, they could rule the world.

TEN REASONS TO READ THE TREEHOUSE ON DOG RIVER ROAD
  • 1. It will make you silently smile, then chuckle, then laugh out loud and you need an upbeat book right now.
  • 2. Because you love a relatable, realistic love story.
  • 3. It has the BEST dog, Cooper, and you will meet, then love, then worry about what happens to him.
  • 4. You’ve always wondered what it’s like to have little kids around when you are kicking off a romance.
  • 5. It is set in the beautiful state of Vermont, and you will ask yourself, “Hey, why don’t I live in Vermont?” (Or at least visit)
  • 6. You appreciate the great outdoors.
  • 7. You like a romance book that involves not only the love interest but incorporates friendships and family relationships.
  • 8. You enjoy a story filled with people who are straight-forward with each other and don’t spend the entire book lying or deceiving each other.
  • 9. You love a book where you don’t really know how it will resolve.
  • 10. You’ve always wanted a treehouse.
At a movie theater which arm rest is yours? 
That’s not a thing for me, but I do like holding hands with my husband when I watch a movie.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager? 
The 70’s - so much was happening, and it was not encumbered by addiction to technology.

Best date you've ever had? 
Dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower for our anniversary. We sat next to a French couple celebrating their anniversary and spent the rest of the evening chatting and walking the streets of Paris with them.

What event in your life would make a good movie? 
I went to Burning Man with nine close women friends for a week in celebration of our 50th birthdays. I need to write a movie based on this event!

Is there something you've dreamed of doing for a long time? 
Learning to sing. I have a horrible voice.

First Heartbreak? 
When my dog got out and we never saw him again.

Favorite things to do alone? 
I love to listen to audiobooks while gardening.


Twenty-eight-year-old Hannah Spencer wants nothing more than to change everything about her life.

After ten years of living in cities, Nathan Wild has just moved back home to Vermont and doesn’t want to change anything about his.

Recently laid off from her depressing job in Boston and ready for a challenge, Hannah heads to Vermont for the summer to take care of her sister’s kids and do some serious soul searching. There, against the stunning landscape of the Green Mountains, she embarks on an ambitious project: building a treehouse for her niece and nephew. As she hammers away, she formulates a plan to jump-start her life with a new job out West. But will Nathan-next-door complicate her desire to change course? A witty, romantic, and inspiring story of a young woman taking control and making tough choices about love and work to build the life she wants, The Treehouse on Dog River Road will have you rooting for Hannah every step of the way.

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Shelly Frome Interview - Shadow of the Gypsy


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Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at UConn, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He also is a features writer for Gannett Publications. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games, The Secluded Village Murders and Miranda and the D-Day Caper. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio: A History, a guide to playwriting and one on screenwriting, Shadow of the Gypsy is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

        

   

Greatest thing you learned in school.
During my freshman year at the University of Miami I learned that everything was relative.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Donald Westlake, a Mystery Writers of America grand master, telling the publisher that my novel Tinseltown Riff had totally captured the loopy essence of L.A. and Hollywood.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Put aside all formulas, come up with a quest based on some issue that’s troubling you personally and let it work its way out with no thought of approval. In other words, tell the story your way using the first or third person perspective.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
The working title is “Fast Times/Big City.” I’m revisiting those heady years when Greenwich Village seemed like a small town and everyone—writers, actors, artists and dancers—were finding their true calling.

In your newest book; SHADOW OF THE GYPSY, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
In a sense, it’s a reluctant hero’s journey as Josh, my lead character, is forced to come out of hiding in the Blue Ridge and face up to his old nemesis, the rouge gypsy Zharko and his nefarious scheme. It’s also a love story as he has to earn the love of Molly, his childhood sweetheart, back in the hills of Connecticut.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
I hope they can relate to the pull of old childhood traumas and America as the land of the second chance as Josh endeavors to live up to Teddy Roosevelt’s dictum to “venture into the arena and dare bravely no matter how many times you fail”.

What part of Josh and Molly did you enjoy writing the most?
Their scenes as Josh tries to be flippant to spare her from harm and Molly resents being shut out from his plans and circumstances and wishes, just for once, he’d level with her.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing SHADOW OF THE GYPSY?
The scene when Josh finally confronts his mother and she gradually begins to reveal her secret past, abandonment and longing.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d love to introduce Josh to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye so they could compare notes and Josh could begin to realize how tenuous trying to grow up can be.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Getting into my roommate’s MG and taking off for Mexico as he suddenly revealed he was on parole after holding up the same New Mexico town as Billy the Kid with a sawed-off shotgun.

If you could be born into history as any famous person, who would it be and why?
I’d be fascinated to be Mike Nichols and be adept at anything I put my hand to: improv comedy, acting, directing hit Broadway shows and movies like The Graduate and continue to have this great insight even during cocktail parties in some Manhattan penthouse among the literati.

TEN WAYS YOU GET INSPIRED TO WRITE
  • 1. Trying not to write.
  • 2. Visiting a new and provocative locale.
  • 3. Experiencing a recurring dream
  • 4. Thinking about my difficult childhood
  • 5. Taken by the unique style and pursuits of another author
  • 6. Being troubled by current events
  • 7. Watching interviews of expressive writers on YouTube like Anne Lamott
  • 8. Unfinished business that won’t leave me alone
  • 9. Reminiscing about the good old days
  • 10. Being haunted by a compelling What if?
Journey to writing SHADOW OF THE GYPSY
At first, I came across a quote from Joyce Carol Oates revealing that something significant she lost or never had drives her work. I immediately thought of the father I never knew and my secretive wheeling-and-dealing over property mother who never once asked if I was okay or may have simply assumed it was my job to take care of myself. But my own story was too disjointed and pat to serve as the basis for a novel, would stifle my creativity, and certainly could never sustain an entire novel.

The second impetus was a Ted talk given by Brene Brown in which she claimed that Teddy Roosevelt’s dictum of “daring bravely” was the key to self-realization. This in turn led me to recall Joseph Campbell’s mythic hero’s journey which promised a universal underpinning to any prospective story line.

At this point, recalling Faulkner’s theory that the past is never past, and wishing to greatly enlarge the scope of this tale in terms of Campbell’s universality, I gave my unwitting hero the Hungarian name Sonny Korda even though he looked and sounded as all-American as a younger Robert Redford. And then had him change his name to Josh Bartlett to sound a lot more generic as he sought refuge in the Blue Ridge in the mountain town of Black Mountain where I live.

Once I added a rogue gypsy nemesis by the name of Zharko Vadja, I had a slew of unknowns to keep me going such as--what was he hiding from? Who was his biological father which would help explain his all-American looks? What was Zharko’s nefarious past, perhaps with the Red mafia in Europe and what was that all about? Who was Josh’s childhood sweetheart back home whom he yearned for and wished to live a normal life with (imaginatively created as another compelling intensifier).

In short, as one thing led to another, like the need to learn all about Zharko’s rejected Romany background, the deeper and wider the scope which insured that I had the makings of a project that would never let me down. Or, to put it another way, once you have the mysteries in place and are an incurable storyteller to begin with, you just can’t help taking the journey.

A nemesis out of the past suddenly returns, forcing Josh Bartlett to come to terms with his true identity.

Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he'd begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she'd have him) and, at long last, live a normal life. After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form Josh had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that—a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way. And no matter where he was, he wouldn't travel thousands of miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn't be, not now, not after all this.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Amy Lea Interview - Set on You


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Amy Lea is a Canadian bureaucrat by day and contemporary romance author by night (and weekends). She writes laugh out loud romantic comedies featuring strong heroines, witty banter, mid-2000s pop culture references, and happily ever afters.

When Amy is not writing, she can be found fan-girling over other romance books on Instagram (@amyleabooks), eating potato chips with reckless abandon, and snuggling with her husband and goldendoodle.

Her debut romantic comedy SET ON YOU released in May 2022 from Berkley Romance at Penguin Random House.

        
  

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
I’m a big believer in the saying: to write, you must read. Being a lifelong reader has influenced my writing tremendously, from inspiring my creativity, to studying craft. I’ve read voraciously since I was a young child, devouring books by Lemony Snicket, Meg Cabot, and Lois Lowry to name a few. Reading a wide variety of books as a child unlocked my creativity.

Once I found contemporary romance as an adult, I started studying craft. Authors that have greatly inspired me include Christina Lauren, KA Tucker, Helen Hoang, and Sally Thorne. Not only do I love their writing styles, but all these authors write with such heart at the center of their stories. This is my goal when writing my own books, to evoke emotion, love and humor.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Storytelling is about human connection. Stories unite people by conveying love, empathy, sadness, pain, all the things it means to be intrinsically human. They allow individuals to escape into new worlds, civilizations, and time periods. And some stories challenge the deep-seated, fundamental notions we didn’t even know about ourselves.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I am currently working on the next two books in my romcom series, featuring side characters from SET ON YOU.

In your newest book; SET ON YOU, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
SET ON YOU is a romcom about a curvy fitness influencer who reluctantly falls for her CrossFit loving gym nemesis. It’s the first in a three-book series centered around a trio of Chinese-American social media influencers, including Crystal’s sister Tara, a Romance-stagrammer, and their friend Mel, a fabulous fashion and lifestyle influencer.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
If there’s one thing I’d like readers to take away from this story (particularly those who don’t conform to mainstream Western beauty standards), it’s that loving yourself and moments of doubt are not mutually exclusive. Even someone like Crystal – an idol in the body-positive community – must come to terms with moments of insecurity. Society has a long way to go in normalizing marginalized bodies as being worthy of love – so be easy on yourself.

Most importantly, I hope readers come away from SET ON YOU knowing they deserve to be the main character in their own story, with their very own happily ever after.

What part of Crystal and Scott did you enjoy writing the most?
My favorite part about Crystal and Scott’s relationship to write was all of their gym scenes – particularly the ones where they are still gym rivals ;)

TEN REASONS TO READ SET ON YOU
  • 1. An uplifting message of body acceptance
  • 2. Early 2000s and pop culture references
  • 3. A Chris Evans-inspired firefighter love interest
  • 4. A diverse curvy, Chinese-American fitness influencer main character
  • 5. Banter
  • 6. Steamy scenes ;)
  • 7. Loving family and grandparent shenanigans
  • 8. Supportive friendships between women
  • 9. A goldendoodle named Albus
  • 10. Flirty texting
Meet the Characters
Crystal Chen (The Main Character)
Crystal is a confident, curvy fitness influencer and a staunch advocate for body acceptance and inclusivity in the fitness industry. While she’s a boss in the gym and probably squats more than some men, she always puts others before herself. She’s the “mom” friend of the group who will hold your hair over the toilet after a hard night of drinking while not-so-discreetly laughing at you. When Crystal isn’t killing it at the gym or training and cheering on her clients, she can be found being a general introvert in her apartment, indulging in reality TV, and doing errands for her eccentric Grandma Flo.

Scott Ritchie (The Love Interest)
Aside from Scott’s Marvel superhero-worthy good looks and unfairly chiseled exterior, Scott is a laidback, chill guy who happens to be a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department (so you know he has a hero complex). When he’s not working overtime at the fire hall, he can be found getting in Crystal’s way at the gym, walking his goldendoodle, belly laughing over crude jokes and GIFs, and falling asleep while watching TV. Although Scott comes across uber confident and a little cocky, he’s truly a softie on the inside, especially when it comes to his family.


A gym nemesis pushes a fitness influencer to the max in Amy Lea's steamy debut romantic comedy.

Curvy fitness influencer Crystal Chen built her career shattering gym stereotypes and mostly ignoring the trolls. After her recent breakup, she has little stamina left for men, instead finding solace in the gym - her place of power and positivity.

Enter firefighter Scott Ritchie, the smug new gym patron who routinely steals her favorite squat rack. Sparks fly as these ultra-competitive foes battle for gym domination. But after a series of escalating jabs, the last thing they expect is to run into each other at their grandparents' engagement party.

In the lead up to their grandparents' wedding, Crystal discovers there's a soft heart under Scott's muscled exterior. Bonding over family, fitness, and cheesy pick-up lines, she just might have found her swolemate. But when a photo of them goes viral, savage internet trolls put their budding relationship to the ultimate test of strength.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Camille Pagán Interview - Everything Must Go


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Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of eight novels, including Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around, This Won’t End Well, I’m Fine and Neither Are You, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which has been optioned for film. Her work has also been published in the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Time; and many others. When Camille’s not writing her next story, you’ll usually find her with her family, talking shop with other writers, or at the beach―with a book in hand, of course.
        
  

Greatest thing you learned in school.
That writing is what I do best. I always wanted to be an author but had planned to become a physician because it was practical. But a physician I served as a researcher for during college pointed out that I was best able to serve others using my natural talent. Turns out she was 100% right! As I tell my coaching clients, it’s most beneficial to do more of what you’re good at rather than trying to correct your deficits.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Every single time a reader emails or messages me to say that my novel got them through a hard time. Just the other day, I received an email that said, “Your novel helped me more than a year of therapy.” That is the ultimate compliment for an author, and truly the reason I write.

Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I won a young author contest in third grade and at the award ceremony, I learned that being an author was an actual career. It took me decades to realize that I could actually have that career—that that was the moment when the seed was planted.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Write to delight yourself. Every time I’ve approached a novel this way, it’s been published—and the more I wrote for myself, the better that book did. Conversely, I’ve tried writing to please an editor or market demands, and it has truly never worked out; those are the books that are still in my (digital) drawer.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
My ninth novel, GOOD FOR YOU, will be out early next year—and it’s my favorite yet! It’s the story of a woman who inherits her brother’s beach house, only to discover that his grumpy best friend inherited it, too—and has no plans of selling or leaving.

In your newest book; EVERYTHING MUST GO, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
EVERYTHING MUST GO is the story of Laine Francis, a professional organizer who’s fast approaching forty. Laine finds herself in a place that’s familiar to so many of us: she’s ready to start a family of her own, but feels obligated to care for her aging mother, Sally, who has been increasingly forgetful and who may or may not have dementia. The story is primarily told from Laine’s POV, but also features snippets from Sally, too. It’s ultimately a story about learning to balance loyalty and self-love.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
As with all of my novels, I hope they reflect on why it’s an incredible stroke of luck to be on the planet at this exact moment with the people we love—and that it’s up to us to make the most of life.

What part of Laine did you enjoy writing the most?
As a reformed people pleaser myself, writing about her journey to learn to honor her own needs while still showing up for her family really resonated.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done? 
Making writing my full-time career and supporting my family that way. Dozens of well-meaning people told me it couldn’t be done, and I almost believed them!

Best date you've ever had?
My husband and I attended the same post-graduate course, and we would both “bump into” each other in the hallway after sessions, which would end up with us spending the whole evening together. We’ve been married for nearly eighteen years now.

Choose a unique item from your wallet and explain why you carry it around.
I don’t have anything that fits the bill—sorry!

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping! I’m a morning person; I’m usually passed out by 10 p.m., even on the weekends.

TEN IDEAL LOCATIONS TO WRITE ABOUT
  • Paris, which is featured in This Won’t End Well (one of my favorites).
  • Rome, where the protagonist of Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties heads after her husband drops a bomb on their marriage.
  • Ann Arbor, MI, where I live now, and where several of my books are partially set.
  • Vieques, PR—my personal favorite, and where Life and Other Near-Death Experiences and Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around are set. My husband is from Puerto Rico and we spend most of our summers there.
  • San Juan, PR—another favorite, and also where Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is partially set.
  • New York. New York is the first city I ever fell in love with, and I lived there for a decade before moving to the Midwest. No surprise, it’s the location for many of my novels, including my latest, Everything Must Go.
  • Napa, where Forever is the Worst Long Time is partially set.
  • Saugatuck, MI, my very favorite Midwest destination, and the setting for my forthcoming novel, Good For You.
  • Chicago, which is the partial setting for several of my novels. I lived there for nearly two years with my husband, and while it’s a bit too cold (even for this Midwesterner!), it’s such an amazing city.
  • Rincón, PR—I haven’t written about it yet, but I plan to fix that soon!
Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from EVERYTHING MUST GO
“Being raised by the same parents at the same time was like being the last few to speak a dying language.” —Laine Francis, Everything Must Go

My favorite quote in Everything Must Go reflects how I’ve always felt when my two sisters and I have had to deal with stressful family situations. As the eldest of three sisters, I’ve always wanted to write a book about three very different women who happen to be members of the same family. But it wasn’t until Laine Francis, the protagonist of Everything Must Go, popped into my head that I was ready to do so. A professional organizer who’s fast approaching forty, Laine finds herself in a place that’s familiar to so many of us: she’s ready to start a family of her own, but feels obligated to care for her aging mother, Sally, who has been increasingly forgetful and who may or may not have dementia.

Family dynamics can be tricky during the best of times—but navigating them during high-stress transitions can be particularly difficult, as Laine discovers as she tries (with varying success) to team up with her sisters, Piper and Hadley, and make decisions that will safeguard Sally without stripping her of her independence. Having watched one of my own relatives struggle with and ultimately succumb to dementia, I can attest to the tensions that arise as a loved one’s memory begins to fail. But as Laine discovers as she learns to lean on Piper and Hadley as much as herself, there truly is strength in numbers.


A warm, wry novel about secrets, second chances, and the unbreakable bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

Laine Francis believes there’s a place for everything—and New York, where her family lives, isn’t her place. But no sooner does the professional organizer’s marriage begin to unravel than her sisters drop another bomb on her: their mother, Sally, may have dementia, and they need Laine to come home.

Laine agrees to briefly return to Brooklyn. After all, bringing order to chaos is what she does best. To Laine’s relief, Sally seems no more absentminded than usual. So Laine vows to help her mother maintain her independence, then hightail it back to Michigan.

Except Laine’s plans go awry when she runs into her former best friend, Ben, and realizes she finally has a chance to repair their fractured relationship. Then she discovers that memory loss isn’t the only thing Sally’s been hiding, forcing Laine to decide whether to reveal a devastating truth to her sisters—and whether to follow her heart when it means breaking her mother’s.
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