Q: When did you realize you were a novelist?
I never had an “a ha” moment or anything like that, but maybe I will once the book comes out!
Q: As you gear up for the Book Release on August 18th, what is the most exciting part(s) for you?
Seeing people post about my book on social media has been really cool. And I’m very excited to go to a bookstore and see it on the shelf – dream moment! I’m probably most looking forward to my book launch party, because so many people I care about will be in the same room to celebrate – it’s kind of like my wedding all over again.
Q: Will you always write about strong female bonds? Is that your favorite topic to explore?
I won’t say always, but it’s a topic I do love to dig into in my writing. I think the relationships between female relatives and friends are so complicated and interesting, in a different way from romantic relationships.
Q: I love the cover. How difficult is the process of choosing the cover? Is it up there with choosing a title?
Thank you! I’m fortunate since my publisher did give me a lot of input when it came to the cover. In the end we narrowed it down to two options, and while I really liked the other one, this cover always felt right to me. I actually love the cover so much that during edits, I changed part of the book so Liz is wearing a pink dress when she opens the note from her grandmother. For me, coming up with a title was WAY harder. I’m terrible at titles. Evidence: the book used to be called “The Cameo.”
Q: Which character in this book do you feel a connection with the most?
It’s funny how I’ve grown up along with the characters … juggling career and family is a big struggle for me now, like Ella, whereas when I first started writing this book (almost 10 years ago), I was in the same phase of life as Liz. I struggled a lot with writing Ella’s chapters because I couldn’t relate. I still have a special attachment to Liz, but Gabriella is actually my favorite character, even though I have almost nothing in common with her! I admire her sass, especially for a woman of her time. My sister thinks she’s like Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, which I love.
Q: Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?
I’m a big fan of Lisa Jewell and she tends to write similar multi-generational stories. Her latest, The House We Grew Up In, was amazing – and my second book is actually about a woman who’s a hoarder, so it was funny when I saw that one was out, since we seem to think alike in terms of themes.
Q: When do you typically write? Where do you write?
I have a toddler, so the answer to this is “extremely infrequently” and “wherever I can.” I don’t have a writing schedule and definitely don’t write every day or even every week. I wasn’t a mom yet when I wrote The Legacy of Us, so writing is a completely different experience now.
Q: May I ask who your favorite authors are? Books?
There’s so many, but my top favorites would be JK Rowling, Marian Keyes, Emily Giffin, Philippa Gregory, Lauren Willig, and Jojo Moyes. My official favorite book is The Great Gatsby, but my favorite book I’ve read so far this year was The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I do love Will, Kate and Harry so this was definitely my cup of tea. I’ve pushed this book on so many people!
Lastly, Book or eBook?
Book, although I’ve recently become a fan of the Kindle app on my phone. Comes in handy when I’m waiting in line somewhere, or I have a spare minute while my son is occupied and I don’t want to leave the room to grab a book. My phone is always on me so I like the idea of always having a book handy. That being said, I still prefer to have a paper book, though.