I feel like I’ve been posting a lot of interviews + giveaways lately, and while hopefully you all enjoy those, I discovered the What’s Up Wednesday feature from friends Caroline Richmond and Dahlia Adler today and thought it would be fun to participate in something less promotional. It’s a weekly meme hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, and you can find the link here!
WHAT I’M READING
Yesterday I finished THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr, which was amazing. It’s about a 16 year old pianist, Lucy, who gave up her brilliant career and hasn’t played since walking offstage in the midst of a competition 8 months ago – and what happens when her brother’s new piano teacher, Will, sparks her realization that she misses music. Lucy’s story is fascinating, and her relationship with Will is…complex. The book really explores the nature of creative gifts, the notion of what we owe ourselves and others, the business vs love aspects of it. Sara Zarr is one of my writing heroes; I love the way she talks about craft, and I am amazed by her exact-perfect wordsmithing, the way her characters feel so deeply true. I’m super-excited to meet her tomorrow at her signing in Bethesda! I’m often asked in interviews if there are any authors I fangirl over, and the answer is YES and she is one of them.
WHAT I’M WRITING
Tomorrow & Friday, I’m planning to read through Cahill book 3 one more time before sending this draft to my editor. I got some truly fabulous line notes and suggestions from my CPs so I want to tweak a few things. Then – eep! – it’s time pry it away and push “send” and let Editor Amazing do her job.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
THE LUCY VARIATIONS. After the intensity of her competition days and the pressure from her family, Lucy’s become kind of a zombie. Will suggests that she make a list of the things she loves, and through that exercise and his mentorship, she realizes how much she loves. I too tend to get awfully caught up in the hustle and bustle of deadlines and promo and forget to really pay attention, you know? This book combined with my recent vacation make me want to wake up.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
I just got back from three days in the Poconos with The Playwright. It was super-fun! Like summer camp for grownups. We played bocce and shuffleboard and mini golf and Scrabble and went swimming. And he taught me archery! I really needed a few days off, away from my laptop and work, with my very favorite person.